RESEARCH: CURRENT LIGHTING STYLE/FASHION

Before setting down any concrete Surface Pattern/Product Design ideas, I thought it prudent to undertake a little investigative work myself; research into current commercial lighting trends in two of the largest homeware stores within the Cardiff Area…IKEA & JOHN LEWIS.

I craved to to understand more of the ideas and work that goes into the Product Design side of my project; SHAPE, FORM, PATTERN, TEXTURE, LIGHT QUALITY, DESIGN & AESTHETIC are all incredibly important when finalising details of the design, ultimately affecting production.

I especially like this pendent light for it’s structural and geometric qualities; the light emanating from between each strip has given me an idea to utilise part, not all, of the surface of the proposed prism structure of our own light. This would mean that there would be both a back light (print & stitch surface pattern) and a diffused light coming from the triangular strip housing the LED’s (which will possibly be diffused using a specialised tube fit for lighting purpose.

The contrast between the bright and indefinable bulb and the ambient and sinuous filament allows me to absorb valuable information when contemplating the definitive idea for light we will use. As much as I like both amount of light generated, I feel that one would be too direct/bright and the other too geographical and dim.

I adore the antithesis of the geometric nature of the previous lighting solutions. The natural and fluid forms of a special type of paper allow the light to be manipulated, by the buyer, to whatever shape and form they so wish. ‘Create your own personalised pendant by combining the lamp shade and cod get. You can create your own unique design by crumbling the paper layers into different shapes‘ The different tonal qualities of light is beautiful.

The fluid lines of this design draw they eye up towards a constant kinetic pattern; I LOVE IT. Could I incorporate some of the more linear qualities of Mulholland Drive in a pattern such as this? The triangular structure mirrors my groups’ design, which in turn was inspired by the pylons in Mulholland Drive.

The organic structure of these lights is striking. I must admit, the pattern and form created by manipulating the plastic really resonates with me. Subsequently, I would love to incorporate some of the elements allowing the light to be broken by the uniform spaces of each gap. Maybe strips of material could be embellished with stitch and print, and these strips could then be assembled together? Could this idea be the result of my trip to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition? A patchwork ‘quilt’ of sorts? Acting as the primary surface pattern. I think my next job will be to explore the colour, pattern, shape, texture and linear quality found within Mulholland Drive.

WOW!!! I was instantly drawn to the pattern. Strangely enough the final pattern was the result of cutting out the unwanted material to gain the pattern itself; in theory a negative of the pattern was removed to create the desired pattern. The 360Degree nature of the lighting source would allow the most incredible contrast/pattern to be visualised against, say, a wall. I have been struggling to visualise how the negative/positive of cut-outs would be created for my final design, if I were to use the idea. However, now I have seen this idea in the flesh, I will begin to experiment with materials strong enough to keep their shape, but pliable enough to manipulate.

Reminds of of Oranges, and how each segment makes up a whole. Again, I was drawn not to the overall shape, but rather to the spaces in between each light. I think the purchase of a LIGHT BOX would allow me to experiment with the translucency of specific materials, how they work within our concept and will allow me to gain knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

Time to EXPERIMENT.

Author: vmhtdesign

About to undertake my BA TEXTILE DESIGN @ NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY. So Excited. Follow my progress from beginner to professional.

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