This lamp was developed for Artemide while studying at the Royal College of Art.
Its purpose was to push boundary with regard to minimizing the number of required components while achieving a similar level of articulation to that of the traditional ‘Anglepoise’ lamp.
This design functions by embracing gravity. Adjustability is achieved by the lamp arm always being out of balance, causing the ‘knot’ component to lock against the adjacent tubes when under load.
When the weight of the lamp shade is released, the knot becomes free to move enabling the tubes to act as axes - allowing both to slide along and rotate, around each other - offering positional flexibility to the lamp shade.
The shade was developed to be manufactured via die casting. This method of manufacture allowed for the inclusion of several complex details that other methods (such as spinning) would not allow for, helping considerably to maintain the overall simplicity of the design. Much effort was spent on giving the shade enough form to make it feel refined and valuable while not having it distract from the lamps mechanism
The centre of gravity for the shade assembly is centered on the two axes described by the supporting arm. This enabled minimal friction to be employed to ensure the shade would remain where positioned.
As the concept of the lamps articulation was experimental, prototypes were quickly developed by hand to prove out the concept. Creating these early prototypes enabled the design to mature quickly by highlighting key decision points in addition to allowing the design to convey its own story through its simplicity.
The lamps design greatly rested on the ‘knot’ component operating successfully. Multiple iterations of the design were created to explore form, material and construction.
Several different shade concepts were developed both by myself and Artemide’s internal team to explore shape, construction and switch integration.
Designed to be assembled after delivery, the base was given a slight dish allowing it to function beyond just being a ballast, and offering a place for items such as keys, phones, wallets, etc, to be stored.