SCALES IN WIND:
A LASER CUT LAMP
The 'Scales in Wind' lamp is inspired from the rigidness rich textures of animal scales combined with, ironically, the softness of wind and the patterns created by it.
Always intrigued by the properties of supposedly opposing elements, and investigation of how they interact with one another, Trisha chose to create this night lamp as a project for a class at Massachusetts Institute of Art, Design and Technology's department of Architecture and Planning as a required exercise for learning laser cutting and construction.
The primary materials used in the production include Polypropylene and Plywood, while the strips of 'scales' are laser cut to precision- each strip different from the other in terms of varying wavelengths of scale lengths (kindly follow the design process below to understand the construction process).
The objective is to have an outcome that isn't quite as rigid as the scales it represents, but radiates a quality of roughness nevertheless, to juxtapose the intention of opposing elements through material and form.
The project brief outlining a timeline of 1 week expected to draw inspiration from natural forms to create light emitting functional designs.
The material was to be polypropylene and the light source was to be a fixed LED with inflexible diameter.
Ideation & Iteration
The initial ideation process involved quick rudimentary sketches of possible light sources and their structures.
After sketching possibilities of structures inspired from feathers, jellyfishes, butterflies, peacocks and more, the primary inspiration was finalised to be animal scales.
The kind, shape and size of scales were then explored through drawings of individual scale patterns as well as their applications on larger full light design structures.
The first few prototypes were laser cut on paper to investigate varying scale patterns in terms of shapes, sizes and orientations.
They were further explored in terms of the way they would be layers over one another to create more complex structures.
Illustrations of the why some of the samples did not work and proposed solutions.