Claremont Designs

Designing a New Lamp

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Stuck in jury duty today, so I figured I would take the opportunity to update this site on something other than just Edison lamps. I feel like site has become an onslaught of WIP and final photos posts associated with those lamps. I do enjoy building them, but I feel like that is all that makes it to this site. I have a backlog of WIP projects that have taken a back seat to customer projects. Not complaining; just noting.

For a while I’ve been wanting to try some new concepts in the shop. Staying within the lamp theme, I decided to try a new design. The sketch below shows my initial thoughts on the profile of the lamp. The base of the lamp is loosely inspired by the base of the kinesis chair by Thos. Moser. I was lucky enough to spend a week in the shop with David Moser and many of their craftsman up in Maine. While I certainly picked up a new skill or two, what I most realized was that I don’t spend much time in the prototype phase refining the design. I think for this lamp I will try to truly prototype it. I both want to refine the shape and proportions, and I want to do it out of some cheaper stock.

For the return at the top of the lamp I was again inspired by a Thos. Moser design. This time it was the vita chair. In particular, the intersection point where the back sweeps into the front leg and then comes back to form the back support.

The shade itself will try to blend in the concepts of the kinesis base and the look of old victrola phonograph horns. I have been wanting an antique phonograph for years, and this might just have to help hold me over a little longer.

The sketch isn’t perfect, but it’s enough to get me started. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend a little more time on the design this weekend.

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