Prize(s) Winners in Desk Lamps, Floor Lamps
University Georgia Institute of Technology
Lead Designers Jonathan Schmidt
Completion Date 2018
Project Location Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Entry DescriptionLift-Off is an interactive, articulating floor lamp. The light direction is set by moving the lower edge of any petal, giving it the ability to produce a variety of desired atmospheres. Dynamic physical interaction unlocks a deeper connection with the light. The neutral "even" position casts a uniform light equally in every direction. Moving the petals to the "up" position sets the stage for a social event, while moving them "down" produces a cozy atmosphere ideal for relaxing or reading a book.
Inspired by jet engine nozzles, the mechanism centers around a friction hub that is radially linked to each petal by control rods. Movement of any petal applies force to the hub, moving the others in tandem. Radial symmetry simplifies fabrication and assembly. The lamp is primarily constructed of aluminum, brushed to a bright, silky luster. The light source itself is concealed within, stimulating curiosity. Glimpses of the internal workings juxtapose the seamless petal exteriors, drawing the user to explore their function. Lift-Off can be set to a range of positions, giving ultimate flexibility and control for those craving a particular lighting experience.