Utility Lamp

  •    The Utility Desk Lamp was developed by analyzing the design cues and inspiration
    gathered from the utility vehicles of the 1940’s. Special care was given to keeping the
    design of the lamp geometric with simple shapes that were evident in the utility
    vehicles. The course of the project included immersive research, inspiration boards,
    initial ideation, refined ideation, sketch models, color and material exploration, and final
    model. Through this process, a final design emerged that embodies the style and
    spirit of some of the most iconic vehicles from the 1940’s. 
  • The lamp primarily uses two main materials, canvas and aluminum. The canvas is an olive green hue which strongly reflects the color scheme of the utility vehicles and the camoflauge many of them used. Canvas was choosen as a material due to it’s rough and rugged texture. Aluminum is used for the framework as well as the sheild and stand. The aluminum contrasts
    with the canvas and portrays the strength that many of the vehicles have while still maintaining a low overall weight. Combined, these two materials create a balance that suggests strength and rigidity as well as lightness.
  • The process began with immersive research. Images were sifted through and the entire era of automotive design was distilled down into a collection that embodied the style.
  • Sketching Round #1
    The initial ideation process mainly focused on getting differing ideas out that were inspired by utility vehicles.


  •  Sketching Round #2
     For the second round of ideation, I chose forms that I felt expressed the utility vehicles most and created variations of them.  
  • 3D Sketches
    After revising sketches, it was time to explore the forms that had the most potential. Taking sketches and turning them into actual three dimensional objects allows for better visualization of the product.
  • Final Model Fabrication
    After completing the three dimensional sketches, I was able to choose a final design to pursue and to create a final model of.