DESIGN ILT TABLE LAMP
ILT is a research project which draws inspiration from my CRM stool and my RAK coat stand projects. The broader picture of this project is an investigation into product possibilities using flat sheet material. ILT is specifically an investigation into cold forming sheet acrylic. Sheet acrylic is a material designers are very familiar with and is used extensively in the point of sale, lighting and signage industries.
I am trying to evaluate if this material can be used to create 3D forms without physically deforming the material by using heat and pressure. Existing methods such as vacuum forming, pressure forming and heat bending all require heat and pressure to deform the material.
The objective is to try and obtain a solution which enables products to be developed without the need for tooling investment and expensive post machining processes.
ILT is a table light that begins as two flat pieces of acrylic and an aluminium spine. The acrylic is bent at room temperature into a cylindrical shape and locked into position using the aluminium spine. The Aluminium spine also serves to hold the lamp holder in position.
The design exploits the natural characteristics of acrylic. The bottom cylindrical part serves as a base to keep the light vertical, being clear it allows light to escape onto the table surface. The visual mass of the light is also reduced by the clear base and a sense of weightlessness is achieved.
The top cylinder or diffuser can be produced using either opaque or transparent acrylic, depending on what type of illumination is desired.