Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Light design

Just one thing about my light..... I NEED A NAME! have no idea what to call it! Any help would be great :)

Final light product design

Spoon spiral
Light during the day
close view of spoon spirals
light at night

The concept for this light was inspired by many things:

1) other products from designers that use upcycling or recycling techniques eg. Heath Nash

2) form originated from shape of the protea (pincushion protea) as it is a plant that represents South African identity as well as expresses ideas of sustainability and conservation of the environment

3) the concepts used within my restaurant design: which is where the light will be used
- the restaurant is a space that aims to express the concept of transportation of objects and food production. I have conveyor belts systems installed on the ceiling that take food to designated stations. People can see into the kitchen to watch their food being made. The tables have conveyor belt systems in them that move your food along to your seat.
-and a concept i have used is all the furniture objects and other elements reuse objects from the food industry. Eg: Pedersen + lennard bucket stools, a wall mural of tin cans set into the plaster craeting a floral pattern. wine crates as shelving for the bar etc.
-so the light design had to use objects from the food industry that would normally just create large amounts of waste in the world. Hence the plastic teaspoons that would be collected from coffee shops and reused.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Product design update

Our product designs have finally been finalised today and my light is in motion for production.
My light design is a really cool idea. The product had to be made from waste products from the food industry, i.e tins, bottles, etc. So my idea is to use plastic tea spoons to create a spiral flower which is fixed to a sphere. Very simple design but is inspired by Heath Nash and his Milkbottle handle light and his other light designs.

It is currently being manufactured by A1 plastics and I have to construct all the spoon spirals over the next 3 weeks, which is easy but rather time consuming.

Images of my bookshelf and table to follow.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Term update

So, what have we been keeping ourselves busy with? CAD, CAD and more CAD. We've been getting our designs into proper CAD plans and busy drawing like mad to meet the deadlines. Its crazy how as soon as you start looking at things technically, how much stuff has to change. My floor plans have changed twice in one week! And that means drawing like mad just to be able to fix up and meet the next deadline for sections and elevation.

But things are finally feeling like they're progressing. And an upside to all these drawings is that things are finally getting solve din my mind that I was always feeling a bit unsure about. Like how would that structure actually just "hang in the air" like that?

So hopefully as design starts to draw to an end, we can start to do things like our 3d's, and then I can post some of these. Will be cool to finally see the end product drawn up in CAD or Max.

Although there is a lot of work ahead of us, we're now heading downhill now to the end. The hard stuff - the coming up with the design - is done so now its just the start of the slave-like drawing for weeks on end. But I'm ready for it, and keen to get stuck in so it can be that much closer to the end :)

Saturday, 6 August 2011