Objective: design a contemporary fixture whose light source functions as part of the overall design
I worked with concrete and copper piping 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.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.Lastly, 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. Again, legos were used to hold this evenly into the concrete while it cured.Once the mold was removed the legos left little rectangular indents in the concrete. They almost look like individual bricks on the sides of the lamp base. That texture, the shiny copper piping, the raw texture of the concrete, and the exposed hardware of the picture frame made this lamp industrial. With that being said, I wanted to used a photograph that resembles this. I used my 35mm sandwich print of Canalside and a street corner in downtown Buffalo.