lamp Lady Jane
An opportunity to create a domestic/commercial lighting solution exists to service the high end designer retail market while, at the same time accepting the design challenge extended by PSP. The solution should be mindful of logistical considerations with particular attention drawn to the volume of finished, packaged goods versus the cost of shipping to domestic and off-shore markets, developing a sufficiently robust and complete concept in order to easily withstand the rigours of handling, while in transit and by the end user and also be simple and easy to manufacture. In addition, the favoured concept must comply with any and all legislation relating to safety and electrical issues within various geographical regions. [More information…]
The solution must incorporate a PSP product in a significant way, demonstrate good design techniques by incorporating accepted principles and elements of design and above all be a completely original and creative response to the problem. It is envisaged that any solution should broaden the base of perceived applications of the PSP material(s) highlighted and explore new possibilities, directions and markets for PSP and its clients. The ‘Lady Jane’ table lamp is a playful, yet intelligent response to the problem posed by the developed brief. The lamp itself is an arrayed assembly of repeated planes that creates an object that the eye reads as unified but is essentially the clever use of negative space. The symmetry of the shade plays on the notions of rythym and visual harmony. Having extracted the final form from concept sketches developed after extensive research into currently available lighting solutions and the range, properties and current pattern of applications of the PSP material resource, the focus is re-trained on construction methods suitable for manufacture, costings and budget , assessing the technologies required to obtain the desired result and innovating to create overall benefits to the consumer. It is worth noting that working drawings are produced with the aid of a 3-D drawing program which can be utilised by various sub-contractors with the added benefit of creating a computer file which can be easily and quickly be modified to account for changes due to special requirements. The lamp proposal is a flat pack product consisting of 19 laser cut, 3mm Satin Ice Acrylic components and various electrical fixtures and fittings. The electrical components are standard, however, there is significant innovation in the design of the acrylic components. A system of slots, tabs and perforations allow the acrylic components to be easily (dis)assembled and subsequently lock everything into place when fully assembled. In addition, the centralised acrylic discs accommodate the electrical elements of the design helping to create a pleasing aesthetic as well as a functional element. The central issues surrounding electrical safety are heat emissions from the light source and the compatability of electrical fixtures with local electrical ratings. The lamp has been electrically inspected and found to satisfy Australian and New Zealand electrical safety standards. Amongst a number of stipulations is the need to issue clear warnings and reccommendations with regard to the technical performance of the product. The Item would be supplied without electrical components outside of Australia and New Zealand. The material was chosen for it’s convenient thickness dimension, good scratch resistance, durability, anti finger mark coating, frosted appearance, it’s consistency of texture and appearance after laser cutting, suitable heat resistance and its even distribution of backlight. These are all highly desirable characteristics in a material which is ideally suited to the development of lighting solutions. Although this material is generally, only available in New Zealand as a single sided sheet, it is possible to sand one side of the sheet with an extracted random orbital sander with 120 grit discs to provide a double sided sheet. Double-sided, coloured sheets are produced and readily available overseas and it is envisaged that this concept would only be enhanced by the availability of this extended range of material in New Zealand.
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