Funded by Xicato, Mike Stoane Lighting and the LET (Lighting Education Trust), Katie Price was given the task of designing a luminaire for either a domestic or commercial environment whilst sticking to the style and product themes of the mentioned companies.
After her research process she narrowed down the themes which she wanted to work with and towards; modularity, interaction and dynamics. She wanted to design a product where no two had to look the same, where you could buy the same product as someone else but you both have different ways of displaying it in your own environment, thus expressing your own creative outputs wherever you chose to place it.
Working with aspects of geometry, organic forms and repetition, she started to create growing and expanding forms using protopaper which proved to be a strong material for dirty prototypes.
Held together by wire and glue, she wanted to quickly express how this form could change into something dynamic whilst letting the user have control over the lighting effect.
First few CAD renders greatly helped her with visualising the lighting effect. Selecting polished copper and transparent acrylic as two main materials, she experimented with the different reflections and shadows cast on a wall environment.
As she was given the one LED module to use, this project worked towards a prototype which she could later think about the expansion of into multiple modules.
She would like to add more to these CAD renders to show the bigger picture of this project and what it could eventually become.
The final prototype was created using 3D printed pryamids which she created on Solidworks. Half were sprayed copper and the other half were translucent plastic – ideally these would have been transparent but due to cost and material availability this wasn’t an option.
Each pyramid had an inlay on each edge for a magnetic strip which sat flush to the surface. This enabled the components to easily be taken off, moved and changed around to suit the user. Without the need for screws or additional fittings to do this, it means that it can be manipulated by users of all ages with little to no safety hazards.
Please feel free to have a look at her presentation boards which explain more about how the product is used and installed as well as a booklet with some quick, in-depth information about a few stages of the project.