Week six: Monmouth glass studio

The six-week project in conjunction with Monmouth Glass Studio has come to a conclusion. With the range of the twist pendant lighting, were I saw the idea to create a decorative table lamp, which creates a calm and inviting atmosphere.

The BuLava lamp, of a redesign of the twist pendant lighting range, were the base is made of laminated American hard maple wood and brass. With a finish of a brass switch that has a delicate engraved Monmouth logo.

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The response I received from Wednesday morning’s presentation was insightful, were the wood choice and methods were complimented and the idea of the glass twist effects are reflected from the light bulb. The scale of the table lamp feels quite proportional wit the base and glass piece of the table lamp. Some aspect to consider in the future is looking at the simple principal of symmetrical design considerations.

Presentation to the clients, on Sunday morning went well, good got individual feedback of the lamps. A great response of the detailed part of my table lamps switch that incorporates the Monmouth logo and the twist part of the light that reflects of the glass on the pale wood. Overall the scale of the lamp worked and the simple design worked with the glass piece and they can imagine it being scaled up for the other glass pieces of their pendant glass lighting range. They have also asked for a price range of the lamps and followed up with some images through email and a consideration to further work with them as part of second semester final project.


Week Five – Monmouth glass studio

The last few days have been spent in the workshop, carefully constructing the wooden base part of the table lamp. Where I have attached my brass rings in the base also to compliment the brass fitting used. I’m glad I took the approach of constructing a quick fire prototype of my final design to testing out construction methods making this phase of the design aspect faster for construction, with a clear and better understanding of things.

Meeting with the clients last week Friday, was great to discuss the final design and ask them to blow a small blue twist piece.

A small incident took place as part of the glass blowing process, were I had to wait an extra day to receive my glass piece, due to it breaking. I was nervous about and surely exited to receive the piece and see how it looks on the base.

Now that both part of the table lamp are constructed, I need my election to wire my bulb to the switch that connects to the mains. And get an official tag to be checked for safety issues.

During the week I managed to get the workshop guys to use the CNC machining to cut out metal rings and also engrave the Monmouth’s glass studios logo on the brass piece attached to the push button switch.

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The projects coming towards a end and I’ve learnt so much from this experience and cant wait to have my product completed and presented next week Wednesday.

Week Four (Monmouth Glass Studio)

The week started of with presentations on he early Monday morning that was presented to the client at the end of last week to get some feedback as to what they thought about the conceptual ideas. But meaning about to present to a different people gave a eye open to looking at thing differently about one of the part of the design especially about the material choice of ply wood that was initially taken place and over the next few days after making the prototype and seeing the appearance of the material I could finally see what my peers where asking about the material, so that took me back to my research back to the beginning and looking into the other lighter woods thought about at the start, so I have decided to go with American hard maple and the brass rings as they compliment well and flow with the glass colour of the table lamp.

Over the wood decision I also have had to consider the technical phase of the process, of how the switch components would be wired up and how I would cover up the plastic part of the switch.

In conjunction of the wood and brass colour scheme it was important to acknowledge the beauty of the hand blown glass piece of Monmouth’s glass studio. Were I had trouble deciding the colour I wanted to get the twist pendent glass lighting blown initially, but I have made a decision to go with the crystal blue colour that fades out on the top.

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To make up a visual representation of my final design, I used Solid works to construct my design to have a look at scale and a visual presentation of my final table lamp.

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Ply wood prototype of scale to have a fair idea of construction methods that need to be taken place when producing the final product.

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I’m looking forward to meeting up with my client at the end of the week to give in the dimensions and specification of the glass piece I want blown up for the table lamp that I have designed for their glass lighting range, of table lamp.

Week Three (Monmouth Glass Studio)

This third week of the project has basically been based on the initiate phase of the design process driven from the investigate and research part of the design process method. That I have taken aboard and tryed intergrating in the conceptual ideas that I will present to my client on Thursday morning and try get their input of the designs presented. During the sketching phase I looked into different types of foam to implement my design practise.

To help me get a better understanding of my designs I decided to reflect these practises into three dimensional quick fire prototypes, strictly focusing on the area of the table lamp base.

To get a better idea and understanding from a client’s perspective I used CAD as a form of illustration to demonstrate my ideas in a few images.

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After I was happy with some of the foams of the base table lamp, I decided to develop on the basic wooden base aspect and try incorporating a wooden technique that could help further develop the conceptual idea of the lamp base.

While looking at techniques I also discovered the types of locally harvested sustainable wood available in New Zealand, to produce my end product.

This lead me to develop my base designs of the table lamp, and try different wood methods to help further enhance the wooden table lamp base.

I’m looking forward to presenting the conceptual designs I have developed over the week and have a client input of response to the ideas.

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Week two, Monmouth

The week had started of by reflecting back at the research that had been discovered and looked into last week, and the decision to go grab samples of materials to a better understanding of contrast of the different materials available.

This process did inspire me to creatively do rough sketches and simple elements of materials and also the 60’s style that was quite insightful when doing my sketches. I have also come to a conclusion about the type of lighting I want to focus on for Monmouths design ideas, that is creating a small table lamp lighting as for a decorative look. I feel like I’m still unsure of the idea of colour scheme of the lamp but have the option to explore while I do further more sketch ideas. Over the week I’ve also come across a few designers that strongly focus their designs on lighting, as a guidance of inspiration.

E.C.C lighting and Bo Concept store was an amazing field trip, giving me a starting point of ideas and allowing me to have a fair understanding what’s on the market at the moment and the trends that are following up with the different types of designers.

Observation made on the Thursday 7th may, was interesting were the group was invited to come to the Monmouth studio and observe the glass blowing process and gain a better understanding the methods and work involved when producing on the glass pendant lighting.

The next meeting has been confirmed on the Thursday to discus conceptual design ideas and hopefully get feedback and guidance as part of the process into further development.

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Monmouth Glass Studio Brief.

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On the morning of 29 April, the small group of five that are working on the brief made a trip to the Monmouth glass studio, in Grey Lynn.

It was great to meet Isaac and Stephen, who took us around their studio and explained their process methods of their hand made lighting and homewares products. With a summary of their product style design.

  • Open to the idea of incorporating any sort of material in producing the wall, floor or table lamps with the glass.
  • Main metal focus is brass as part of the lighting

Next week Tuesday lunchtime, we got invited as a group to attend a demonstration of the processes it takes to produce the glass lighting pendants.

Summary design Urban lifestyle Furniture

The design challenge project for the Auckland Transport was to enhance the user experience for pedestrians, cyclist and public transport users in the Grafton station and Auckland Hospital area.

From my initial visit to the Grafton station I noticed, the lack of seating facilities for train commuters. I saw this as an opportunity to redesign the existing seating arrangement and to develop the underutilised space at the train station platform. My research for seating arrangement in the Grafton station led me to look at seating facilities in the surrounding areas, which included Auckland Hospital, The Domain and Auckland University.

I have designed seating facilities for the Domain as shown in the first exhibit, where I have incorporated parking spaces for cyclist. I hope this would encourage more cyclists to use the seats and use bikes as a form of transport in the area and which also promotes physical activity.

My second exhibit is for the Grafton train station and the bus stop in front of the Auckland hospital. My design helps to increase seating space from what’s currently available. That is doubling the number of seats and also adding greenery on the side panel to enhance the environment.

The third exhibit is for the Park Road shops, where I have used the parklet concept. My design looks at seating arrangements for multitude users. The seating is designed for pedestrians, cyclists and café customers. I have purposely added greenery in the floor space and on the top of the wall to incorporate the green landscape from the surrounding Domain area.

My vision to create the urban furniture design and incorporating greenery was to enhance the urban space by creating ample seating space and encourage interactivity amongst the multitude of users specifically pedestrians, commuters and cyclists. I believe my urban furniture design for the Grafton area is feasible and will be beneficial for the end users. I see a huge potential of replicating my urban furniture design ideas in various locations around New Zealand.

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Feedback response:

The final presentation, which took place on the 22nd April in the morning at the Auckland Hospital in the lab. Where a various lot of different background of critics were their to listen and elaborate their thoughts of the design proposals.

The types of response i received about my designs was the concept of further developing the aspect of design one in the Auckland Domain, of the bike slots which are incorporated as part of the seating. Were looking into extending the slots for a potentiation locking system then just the bike tyres. The potential idea was presented to collaborate with one of my peers that has designed a bike rack for the project.

The second comment was to make this idea feasible by presenting the idea to the business owners along park road, which will help encourage the design and take it further towards the Auckland Council. Which is something to consider to follow up the designs i have presented.

A positive comment of my design was the interlink of greenery idea by inter-grating the Auckland Domain in parts of Grafton area, by bring greenery to the streets which is currently a grey scale atmosphere and creating a sociable environment outdoors.

I’m pleased with the comments and response i received form my design proposals from the panel and i am in courage to further develop these design ideas from the response received, in the near future with Auckland council and Auckland Transport.