Week six, Douglas & Bec

The Douglas and Bec project has come towards a completed product, where I had produced a floor lamp that was presented on Wednesday morning along with a PowerPoint presentation and a completed product to present.

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I believe I have completed and presented my work on time of delivery, although I was a bit late on presentation day since the brief had print a start of 9am, but actually started a bit earlier. As part of my presentation I didn’t have many slides on my PowerPoint to present since I had already my physical product and were I was able to switch the lights of the room and do I live demonstration which was quite cool. I feel as if I had not received a critical feed back after my presentation based on my product, but that’s alright with my it just meant I wont have to do further refinement on my final product for the exhibition and its been a resolved piece.

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I’m quite excited to have my product display at the exhibition of Douglas and Bec along with the wider range of the class products apart of the extended collection.

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This projects been an interesting assignment and allowed me to expand my skills based on an industrial side of production, and I’m pleased with my final out come product of the floor lamp, and also glad with the decisions I took as part of the journey of the design process.

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Week five: Douglas and Bec.

Such a great feeling in completion of the final product, for the studio assignment, of the floor lamp. Its been a week of late nights but I’m glad with the end result, although during the week had struggled with some aspects of the design and completing them to a quality finish. For example I had quite a bit of trouble with making the base since the workshop not having facilities to cut the thickness of the wood with two sheets of metal also the part of polishing the brass surface of the base.
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Earlier in the week I had tested out different sorts of wood finishing and stuck with Bri- wax as it gave it a natural orientation of the wood and also the grains were so detailed that as part of the aesthetics of the lamp.
I wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the product. In contrast to the light bulb to the lamp has highlighted the elegant design of the lamp.

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I’m glad the finish of the wood had come out to my attentions and also the part of the brass tubes being flush to the poles. The choice to curve the edges was a safe call as its given a smooth feel towards the finish. The colour contrast of the wood, brass and red has pulled out the look of the final product.

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I believe I’ve used my time management skills wisely and come this far with the assignment. Some thing I had difficulties through the week was the workshop facilities and terms of being closed when I had planed the time to complete such and such in the time frame and also how its been quite hectic according to lack of technicians in the work shop.

During the process of the assembly of my lamp, I though it would be quite interesting if the lamp was a DIY assembly lamp for consumers there for the can get involved and also be able to adjust the cord and light of the lamp. Assembling the lamp was easy, took the weight of the structure so no need of concrete, in the base.

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Another aspect I was quite happy about was the neat job the electrician had done with wiring of the lamp, since I had purchased each of the components separately. After working out the cost price of the final product, I believe this project has been quite a costly one for me.

The week ended with a small photo-shoot of the lamp. My aim for the next two days is to complete my portfolio and prepare for the final presentation on Wednesday morning.

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Week four: Douglas and Bec.

This weeks been an interesting week for studio work, but I must say its also been a packed week at university. The week started of with a conceptual presentation were we all got personal feedback from Bec herself, Shane, my peers and also some additional student in other years. During the presentation I presented once concept put explained different alternations towards the concept of the floor lamp.
From the feedback I received, was to remove the aspect of the dip coloured base and the red cage idea over the light bulb, which I fully agree with as those additional piece where quite over powering and were over riding my simplistic style of product.
I think a pretty awesome element that was brought up to the table at presentations was the concept of a touch light switch, so I spent the second half of the week investigating the idea and thought of were I could incorporate this idea but so far I haven’t had any success so ill try get out of my way this weekend and see if there’s any luck with that perspective.

My initial idea was to hide the end wood joint with a metal plate brass piece, but the whole idea of my floor lamp was to celebrate the exposure of a industrial style so exposing the wood joint would be a perfect concept, where I investigated the mortise & tenon joint, and thought of incorporating the brass plate around for exposure. But the concept was quite difficult to mask therefore I decided to apply the idea in a dowel form In the joint and exposing it, but using a brass pipe.

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As I spent time in the workshop over the week, I discovered I don’t want to hide my cords in the lip of the poles, firstly it looks tacky and the first aspect I had of just leaving them exposed along the pole. But the lip will still run on the top area though, so it looks clean and simple before the light bulb drops at the end.
As part of going into the work shop, I decided to do a detailed drawing of each part of the lamp, and also did card board models to demonstrate were I want the brass holes going and how the cord would be wrapped around it also, so far I’ve only drilled the holes and my next steps are to cut the brass tube and in bend them in the stand.

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My goal for week five I to complete the structure and get a electrician to get my cable aspect working and while that’s happening I need to get my base ready by wood lamination. Next week I need to utilise all the wok shop hours I have available to me, to complete and deliver this product on time.

Week Three Douglas & Bec

Moving into week three of the Douglas and Bec assignment of the floor lamp, so far during the week I’ve explore possible lamp forms, using foam models, small wood pieces and drawings to figure out a settle shape of the floor lamp.

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The prototypes have enabled me to explore more variations of the different areas of the floor lamp design. Were in the process it has give me a chance to change pieces quickly and portray my ideas in three dimension form.

I also got a chance to speak to Bec on Wednesday morning, in terms of the direction of the assignment; I received a great response from her about the three elements of the materials I had condensed down to, American white ash, brass and a bright red colour aspect on the cord and base area. And I was advised to revisit the area of the arm of my design and how it was connected for movement in the top part of the lamp.

Since I had felt comfortable with the materials of my choice, as part of the experiment and research phase I looked at wood finishing’s on the light coloured wood, (American white ash). I was drawn more towards the wax finish, as it still contained its natural aspect of the wood and the oil based finish’s more like stained the wood ore darker and highlighted more towards the grains of the wood.

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Some thing during the week I had difficulties with was trying to figure out dimensions of the lamp scale. Were I found it best to do paper cut outs of the full life scale of the product to figure out measurements.
And also got the opportunity to talk to the technicians about some of the inquires I had about the structure of the lamp joints.

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For the up coming week, I want to have finalized my final design of the floor lamp. During the week there’s a verbal presentation for the conceptual ideas that need to be presented too Bec, so lets see what sort of response I get out of the presentation and then go forward towards production of the lamp, which is limited down to a week. I feel as if the up coming week will be full on as I add production making to the final product of the floor lamp.

Week Two Douglas & Bec :

This week has been a process of practical experiments of materials. That involved hunting and getting out there for supplies. Such as dark woods and metal sheets that, I could work with. I was hoping to get these supplies for free, but ended up paying a few bucks towards the materials, which wasn’t that bad, considering its still experimental stage. I was quite bummed out that I didn’t get a chance to speak to Bec about the initial ideas, I had and what sort of direction I am thinking of heading towards, with the brief.

Most of the weeks hours has been spent at the work shop lab, and playing around with different methods of manipulating the materials, and coming up with a way towards the idea of the technique towards the floor lamp idea.
Along this practical creative process, I stepped away from the idea of, just workshop processes but look at the basics and do drawings and translate them into three dimensional pieces of a concept and make small prototypes models using foam, stick and instant clay.

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Even though I’ve come towards an experimental week, I’m still not cleared about the types of material I’m going to use or neither have a clarified an idea of the lamp shape. I feel like as if I’m still sitting on the boarder line of the floor lamp idea, and things are still not narrowed down yet. As I see endless opportunities that could be done and made using the materials available to produce this floor lamp, representing Douglas and Bec aspect of design.

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My goals for next week are to condense down the material selection and also have a fair idea of the structured shape of the floor lamp. After condensing down on the wood, I would like to look at the different wood finishing’s available and personally experiment them on the wood. Looking forward to another full on week at the workshop and experimenting with a range of materials.