The name "Apoidea" directly references the superfamily of bees and wasps. The Apoidea desk lamp is designed to keep your team focused and working together. It's hive shape draws from the inspiring hard work, dedication, and team mentality of these colony working insects. Each lamp is constructed with a fully adjustable arm, beverage coaster, and built in dimmer switch. Apoidea also comes in several color choices which can be mixed and matched to achieve the right environmental energy level for your specific workplace.
My client's need was to fill a large workspace with a light source that would unite each employee while adding a fun and playful element to the workplace.
I conceptualized and built the Apoidea from the ground up. Minus the electrical wiring, fittings, and nuts and bolts, each part was designed to be made from computer numeric controlled machinery or molds. This way the Apoidea could be mass produced or made in small batches depending on the clients needs. I researched ceramic material to make the base and resolved issues of breakage and fragility by using a clay to paper ratio. I found that the paper fibers knitted together when forming the mold, but also were burned away during the firing process leaving the mold lighter and more durable.
Overall the Apoidea was a great learning experience from R&D to Prototype, by the end of the project I realized that even the smallest changes made the biggest differences in my final product.
Status: School Project
Location: San Francisco State University
My Role: Solo Design Project