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A Study of Light09 January 2012

A Study of Light

‘A Study of Light’ is a luminaire design project for the interior design students at Moore College of Art.

The students are tasked with exploring light through the manipulation of paper to capture and/or produce light that varies in color, intensity, and/or texture.  The students were also asked to greatly consider that construction of their luminaries by limiting the use of glue.  This allowed them to discover various innovative ways to build their luminaries.

A 'glowing sphere' was constructed with simple strips of paper. The ‘Bulb’ allows light to filter through the slits between each strip of paper, permitting beams of light to escape.  The seemingly weightless sphere appears to float, but is grounded by a rock base. 
Paper, metal dowel, rock
25w clear incandescent globe lamp
By: Michelle Reese

Bulb Luminaire

Coxeter Stellation
This hanging luminaire produces vivid and stimulating configurations of triangular light.  The creation of angular and crisp light patterns is achieved through the studies of platonic solids and geometric extractions.
32 pieces of angled paper, intricate folds, glue
45W Halogen PAR Lamp
By: Katharine Marris

Coxeter Stellation

The concept for the ‘GeoKube’ was to create a cool contemporary feeling; playing with how light creates shapes of light and shadow through geometric patterns.
Paper, intricate folds
25w clear incandescent globe lamp
By:  Sasha Esqullin


The ‘Tree’ is directly inspired by a forest where the light beams down from the tree canopies creating  a sense of visual movement that is captured in this luminaire.  Through intricately placed slits in the three cylindrical forms, the ‘Tree’ produces a variety of light intensities that move around the fixture creating a soft but stimulating illumination. 
Textured paper, glue
(3) 13w spiral compact fluorescent
By: Alexis ‘Peaches’ Piechnik



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By: Kimberly King


A related article in Mondo Arc December/ January issue, Design File, Paula Arntzen, 'Translating light through intricate paper structures'

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