lamp base

I was asked to design a contemporary fixture whose light source functions as part of the overall design. Concrete and copper piping were used to make this desk lamp. Instead of using melamine board, legos were used to make the mold for the two concrete blocks. I found them to be an efficient way to make basic mold shapes. They also have the flexibility to create rounded circular shapes, which was necessary for the piping cutouts as seen below.

cooper pipe insert

The biggest challenge was ensuring that the piping, light socket, and cord were all going to be encased within the mold before the concrete was poured. Legos acted as my guide to ensure everything lined up and the spacing was even.

completed mold

Instead of potentially cracking the cured concrete by directly screwing into it I decided to inlay the screws while the concrete was curing. To maintain its industrial look I used screws, nuts, and bolts to hold the glass and photograph in place.  I thought the lamp would give off nice lighting to light my photograph.

35mm sandwich print

I took these photographs back in high school with my Olympus 35mm film camera. I sandwiched a street corner in downtown Buffalo over film of canal side in the enlarger. I thought this would be a nice photo to use for this project since it incorporates the industrial elements found in my lamp.