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Tom Raffield

This lamp shade was inspired by the movement of a butterfly in full light. It is made from walnut sourced from sustainably managed forest

This light shade was made with 80 meters of steam bent strips of ash, woven and coiled and twisted around one another. It is a very interesting design and the wood colouring ringlets gives a very nice finish. It looks very chaotic and messy and makes an interesting structure without the light.

This lamp shade uses oak and sycamore and uses a spine in which the wood is wraped around making a curved spiral around the light . This would also direct the lights shine, making it a spotlight. I like the two tones of the wood as they are quite complementary and give a natural look.

Overall I quite like Tom Raffields work with wood and light as he uses interesting forms made from a straight piece which he then manipulates. The shades he makes covers the lights but also allows the light to pass through in an interesting way.

I like this design as it is quite neat and does show movement and I quite like the walnut colouring.

This light shade is made from a mixture of sustainably sourced sycamore, oak and walnut. I like the way it uses different woods which gives an interesting blend of colour and also how the light would look through the ringlets. The shade looks quite like wood shavings.

The cuboid pendant light is made from wooden dowels to form a cage like structure around the light. When the light shines through the slits it would give an interesting lantern effect. I also like the bottom and top of the light as it has a crop circle type design which I think is unique. I also like the way he used a cuboid as a shape for a shade as normally a more spherical or cone shape is traditional.


Richard Sweeney Slice forms are strips of paper interlocking at right angles to form an interesting 3 dimensional forms

I choose to feature this as it is an interesting paper form, shaped like a light bulb. However it has circular patterns with lots negative spaces which would look good with a light shining through to exaggerate the features.

This is a box using different colour paper, with a big hole in the middle which warps the surrounding paper giving it a sucked in look. I like this as it makes the colours blur together and is a good contrast to the jagged outline of the box.

These designs are hand pleated, to form repetitive designs which allow structure and flexibility. I like this hand pleated design as its symmetrical, and also has a base as well as a hole to the top for it to act like a vase. This design Is very intricate and must have been very time consuming to make out of paper

This lamp like structure will be an influence for my ideas as it is a very appealing design. It looks like open petals or a pringle. I also like the use of one colour as it gives it a simple look.

These two images are very different although they both use similar techniques. The image on the right uses the same shape but different sizes. They are arranged in an order so all the pieces can be seen while giving it a surreal look. The image on the left is the same shape but reflected and joined to form another interesting structure. It looks like it could be used as an elaborate lamp shade. Overall I really like Richard Sweeneys paper craft as he forms interesting patterns that seem surreal especially with paper as a medium. I think that a light added in the correct place may enhance and exaggerate the pleats and repetitions, making it look better.


David Trubridge This is a reed inspired design made from bamboo slats. “Take a bundle of reeds, tie them tight at the ends, spread them in the middle and this is what you get.�- David Trubridge I thought this was an innovative way of coming up with a new design. Experimenting with the natural form, making it do interesting shapes and then copying it with a more durable medium. I like this light as it is simplistic but still eye catching.

David seems to use a lot of natural forms to inspire his lights. Above is a piece called squirt. It is intended for clients who want more subtle lighting as the diffusing panels prevents the glare of the bulb showing through. I like the idea of using 3 lights in one as it highlights the curves and features of the design. Also the scale of the product is quite big especially for a hanging light, which I think makes it very different. This is a design exploring silhouettes created by lights and shadows. It is designed for interiors that do not work so well with natural wooden shades. It is made from pinewood and comes in a variety of shapes. I quite like this design as it is a fun swirl that looks similar to a mellow optical illusion. This pattern is probably the easiest out of his work to replicate. I would like to try using this swirl of black and white for my design, as well as a similar design to the coral on the left using a repetitive pattern to create a unique shape.

This is a coral inspired lamp shade that uses repetitive shapes linked together to achieve a ball like structure with negative spaces. I quite like the way the inside of the ball is a different colour and the light enhances that. Also all the negative spaces are different shapes making it look unique. It is made from painted bamboo plywood and nylon clips.

This is a similar styled lamp shade to the coral ball, except it was inspired by a sea urchin. All the negative spaces in this are the same and it has formed more of a basket shape.


Stuart Haygarth

This light piece was constructed for tiffany’s glassware and was to incorporate the influences of tiffany’s designs. With that in mind Stuart Haygarth constructed this dome like structure, giving an ice crystal look. This is due to the different glasses and the different looks they have. The individual glasses have many deep cuts and interesting angles and shapes, when the light shines through they collectively give of an interesting icey look.

This chandelier was made for a makeup company for their new line of vibrant colour range of cosmetics called culture bloom. They wanted to show an explosion or blooming of colour Stuart Haygarths interpretation was a molecular of planetary explosion called cosmic burst. I think he did this quite well as at a first glance it did look very colourful and like an explosion. I like the way the balls are suspended and arranged to show the explosion with the light at the centre.

This lighting structure was made for Jerwood dance house, It has 12 tiers each utilising 3 tutus. Altogether there are 36 handmade Russian tutus to form a large chandelier to resemble a narrow flower head. I like the way the colour fades downwards and also how it was arranged.


Heath Nash v

The 2 light structures above and below was made from old milk bottles. Most of his work uses repetition all joined together to form an interesting structure. I think the way he has cut the bottles to form the patterns would be very hard for me to replicate but it does make a very interesting design.

The two images above are made from milk bottles. The one on the left uses a lamp shade design with the bottle cut in strips woven around which gives it a nice rugged look. However the one on the right looks like a more precise and technical model, as it uses more intricate shapes. I like the uses of repetition to form balls that engulf the light allowing the parts closest to the light to be highlighted giving a nice contrast of light to dark.

The image on the left above is made from flowers and butterflies cut out of plastics attached to a wire frame. The use of lots of colours meshed together to form a collage around the light looks very eye catching. I think it’s a simple design but made very well and looks very appealing. However the image on the right above I do not like as it just uses multicolour bottles around a wire form. I prefer it when he uses those bottles to create a shape which is then repeated. However the bottles on their own do make an interesting form. I will use some of Heath Nashs work to influence mine as I do like it as the white milk bottles do look good with a light shone through and the use of repetition in a ball makes it look unique.


Inspirational lights

I like this product as it uses the look of a normal beach ball but is used for something unrelated- a light. I think this would make a great lighting structure for somewhere beach themed. I think the idea of taking an everyday item and recycling it and re-inventing it would be something I may try.

The image above is of the iron man arc reactor, which I chose to feature because it uses interesting structure and shapes with a blue light shone through to make it look very detailed and hi tech.

The image above uses slits to allow light out while wrapping itself around the light. I like this design as it resembles a shell. I am not sure if the strips can move back or forwards but having it on a hinge is a good idea.

The image on the left looks very natural and plant like. I am not sure what it is made from but it could be made from coloured wire and little plastic leaves. I like the way it wraps around the light making it seem like a glowing plant.

The image on the right I chose to feature because it looks like a simple shape to replicate, it has slits to allow the light to pass through and is also made of an interesting material that is translucent. I think it makes a great hanging light.

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