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    Constellations : Curved Wood Lamp Design

    By JNBouchard
    Mar 3, '12 11:30 PM EST

    A static object that creates a dynamic environment. This idea drove the design of this lamp where the shape of a curve is mixed with a soft light pattern to create a warm visual and tactile experience.

    The rhythm of the lines traced over the surface of the wood board allow the bending of the piece and is also used to diffuse light playfully. It follows you smoothly as you walk around the object, sensibly evoking a pattern of stars shining in the obscurity of the night sky.

    This lamp stimulates dreams, but it also appeals to our mind and knowledge. No glue, no steam, no water. A simple piece of plywood bent over as a result of the subtraction of its own grain, revealing, at the same time, the full potential of wood as a design material.



    This lamp is made out of a 1/8 inch russian veneer 35 inches wide, one end being 10 inches high and the other 4 inches. A numerical fabrication process by laser cut is used to subtract matter from the wood piece so that it becomes possible to curve the material with a small and controlled resistance, just enough to assembly the two ends of the lamp without the use of glue. The wood board is worked out using a repetitive sequence of 0.25 by 14 mm holes spaced to 1.8 mm, a pattern that gradually fades into a constellation of light.



    Credits :

    Jean-Nicolas Bouchard

    Anthony Laliberté-Vincent

    Philippe Charest

    Collarborators :

    Yvon Pelletier and his team

    Estampe Ray, Québec

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