LampA

A couple of years ago I was given the opportunity to see one of my designs realised in Hi-Macs, an acrylic stone similar in nature to Corian. The result was LampA, a wall mounted light. I've struggled to find a place to photograph the finished prototype till recently when the perfect place appeared.

This project was hoping to find a way to bring elements of traditional craft to industrial craft. The design is inspired by glass caning, a method of producing patterned glass that is best known to me through the work of Scott Benefield at BTU Studio. An initial process to make the glass canes takes place before these canes are added to the glass and blown to form the vessels. There are slight distortions that take place in the pattern as this is done, softening the sharp lines in the canes. By cutting the pattern into the acrylic stone using a computer controlled machine and then thermoforming this sheet the aim was to soften the resulting form.

The pattern is made from a single line, creating an effect of concentric circles, and hints at ancient celtic patterns and makes the piece quick and easy to manufacture.

More pictures of LampA can be found over here. Many thanks to the Institute of Designers Ireland and Hi-Macs Ireland.

 

 

 

 

Inspirations

Inspirations

Sketch explorations

Sketch explorations

To scale

To scale

IDI Awards 2016

The Institute of Designers in Ireland, or IDI, is Ireland's largest and oldest association of design professionals. Committed to advancing the value and impact of design both locally and nationally, the IDI organises a range of activities that celebrate the creativity and successes of Irish designers.

The annual IDI awards ceremony was held on the 17th of November in Dublin and I was delighted to be able to give a hand on the night. 

The design community in Ireland is finding its voice through organisations such as the IDI and events that bring together designers are incredibly important in this. Epsilon, a creative agency from Dublin and deserving nominee on the night of the awards, are organisers of the Bread and Butter IDI Design Socials. These socials, structured around a presentation of work from an Irish designer, are a notable example of events that give designers the chance to share knowledge and build connections.

For more information on the IDI Awards 2016 awards search the  #DESIGNRISING hashtag. Congratulations to all the designers recognised on the night! 

 

IDI Awards Trophies 2016
Lamp A - a lamp I made from Hi-Macs solid surface and winner of the 2015 Hi-Macs IDI Graduate Design Award was on show too.

Lamp A - a lamp I made from Hi-Macs solid surface and winner of the 2015 Hi-Macs IDI Graduate Design Award was on show too.