A nature inspired ambient lighting solution.

Driftwood

L A M P  2018 - 1st Place Student

Hidden Centrepiece.

Blending into any setting is key when it comes to creating a balanced aesthetic. With a 6" diameter, Driftwood is able to sit comfortably on any surface without worry of clutter. Whether on a nightstand or a dining table, Driftwood is a hidden centerpiece in any room.

Like Skipping Stones.​

With minimal interaction required to operate Driftwood, the experience of using the product is simple and clean. To set up the lamp, simply place the disc above the centre of the base and tap the edge to activate the warm ambient lighting.

Hidden Functionalism.

Within the disc and the body are the components that enable the basic concept of the lamp. The classic principle of hidden functionality is emphasized as to create a surreal and unseen experience, preventing the user from the distractions of its mechanical intricacies, and focusing simply on balance.

Complex Simplicity.

The principle of operation is simple. A magnet within the disc is repelled via 4 identical polarity magnets within the base. Simultaneously, a larger opposing polarity ring magnet attracts the disc at the same strength it is being repelled at. This provides constant, stable levitation and simulated weightlessness.

Nature Refined.​

Driftwood emulates a pristine rocky shore. The light refracting off the rocks shimmering and illuminating the underside of a piece of driftwood. The marriage of biotic and abiotic, and the image natural scenery exemplifies the pursuit of balance. 

Ideation

What is Balance?

This was the question that inspired Driftwood. The goal of creating a product that embodied this seemingly simple word resulted in aesthetic, social, and technological exploration. Iterative ideation ultimately lend to a simple, holistic interpretation of the word, sourced from nature itself.

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Prototyping

A physical prototype was developed in order to test a variety of parameters including the size, shape, and usability of the product. A variety of methods were utilized during the model making process including CNCing, lathing, and casting,

The base was created through concrete casting. The mold was CNCed out of low density foam, and the concrete poured in. The mold was then broken away to reveal the finished piece. In future attempts, the concrete should be compressed deeper into the mold to avoid air pockets. The use of higher density foam/wood should also be noted as to prevent the absorption of the release agent.

The arduino was used in order to provide an accurate representation of the light and its interaction between the two different materials. The RGB value was set to mimic an incandescent bulb and provides a warm, soothing glow.

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