Some sketches from my logbook, exploring different directions for the lamp.
Images used as inspiration for the lamp.
With designs and raw materials in hand, about to begin cutting.
Wood after cut into initial pieces.
The base pieces after sanding them for the next step in the process.
Clamping pieces together for one side of the waterfall.
Continuing the construction process.
Using acrylic cement to create the part what would diffuse the light.
After sanding each part, they were stained to a darker color.
4.5' tall, 1' wide
Idea Iteration/Design Duration
The point of the Waterfall project was to focus more on mimicking a style by diving deeper into inspiration images and coming up with a broader variety of ideas through sketches. I also wanted an easy design for my first exploration in using wood as a material.
Inspired by warm Northern California summers, the Waterfall lamp was designed to create an idyllic summer mood. Various wooden structures, like the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite and the Bridgeport Covered Bridge on the Yuba River in California played an important role in its design.
Initial iterations of the Waterfall lamp involved light shining through grass to obtain an interesting effect in a table lamp form. However, this was feared as being too representational, so this idea was abandoned for a larger, floor lamp to draw attention to the form of the waterfall element.
Construction of the lamp took place in approximately 5 days. The wooden structure was cut to size out of sheets of pine, and then combined using wood glue. Each wooden part was carefully sanded in preparation for staining and coating. Acrylic parts were combined using acrylic cement. Finally, all pieces were assembled together and lights were added.