Friday, 10 September 2010

Ceiling Light #1

My most recent design (ceiling light #1) is inspired by interior designers of the Czech Cubist period. The light fixture (below), by Czech architect Josef Gočár (1913), illustrates the basic form I wanted to use.


The glass shades in ceiling light #1 (below) utilize an inverted crystalline form geometrically distorted into a shape that cannot be found in nature.


The geometry has been deconstructed, such that, when viewed from any angle, the observer can always see more than one spatial face. For example, when viewed from below, all vertical sides are visible, when viewed from the front or back, the left and right sides are partially visible.

The shade mount (below) is the main structural unit. It is an angular form, made from brass, which simultaneously supports the glass lamp and projects it upward.

Detail of a single lamp from Ceiling Light #1

A rendering of the entire assembled light fixture is shown below. Three lamps are arranged together in a triangular pattern then hung from the ceiling by a triple stem. Each shade is 300mm long (about 1 foot), and 150mm wide (about 6 inches) at the top.


The rendering below shows how the light fixture would look when viewed from directly underneath. A triple hexagon is arranged into a triangular pattern. This shape was inspired by the concrete blocks commonly used to pave the sidewalks in parts of the Vinohrady district of Prague.


Below: It is amazing what you can see sometimes in something that you walk over every day...

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