Host_MAKE Coffee & Stuff "SHADE"
A purposeful integration of lighting and space.
The fixutre must perform as a catalyst for re-imagining the potentials for the space.
Must fit/attach to a standard pendant fitting and no heavier than 1.5kg.
Judged on functionality, innovation, quality of illumination, and economy of material.
We did not want to create a shade that only possesses aesthetic value. A shade must provide a purpose to the space in which it resides.
Our shade was designed as a catalyst for the inhabitation of spaces. Shades using standard hookups are typically used solely as light filters and are restricted to either “On” or “Off”. Our shade was designed to provide various illumination articulations through interactive form.
How does it work?
The shade possesses multiple wooden rings (constructed from 1/8” laser cut plywood) which are mounted on two copper rods alongside the bulb. The rings can ascend and descend the copper rods - creating multiple different forms.
The form of the shade dictates the articulation of its illumination and the way in which it animates space. An evenly spread collection of rings produces strongly distributed light, procuring a well-lit space and leaving inhabitation unaffected.
Relocating a large portion of the rings to the top of the shade will leave the bulb’s tip exposed - increasing the strength of the lighting below and drawing inhabitants’ attention towards the space below the shade. The opposite will occur by descending the rings to the lower portion and articulating light upwards.
To draw focus to a specific space, the shade’s rings can be repositoned to block out light. To animate a strip of space along a wall, the rings can be relocated to the top and bottom of the shade.
Standard filament bulbs emit considerable amounts of heat, which lead to the exploration of the relationship between illumination and warmth. A shade that sits in close proximity to a heated bulb provided us with an opportunity to showcase illumination’s latent heat through visual cues. The shade was torched during the making process, resulting in an unpredictable charred form, exemplifying the affects of light.