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GROWING SPHERES LAMP, 2015

Recreational

This was a mother’s day gift for my mother that I designed from scratch. It has a ring of LED’s at the bottom which illuminates a pile of “growing spheres” inside the vase. Thin film filters scatter the light and create multicolored ovals. At the very top sits a peace lily, with its roots immersed in fresh water and the entire vase sits on a base of birch plywood that was laser etched.

The Design Process

IDEATION

I really wanted to make a present for my mother for Mother's Day 2015 so it was coincidence when I saw a "Reuse" post that someone was giving away a 2 foot tall glass vase. My mom loves flowers and even grows her own garden every year. So I decided to use the case and fill it with water and these "growing spheres" and put a Peace Lily (which they claim survives without soil - experimentation prove this was not the case).

In the photo on the left you can see the effect the spheres have when you stick your hand in the vase filled with them. An opportunity for cool optical effects?

CAD MODEL

I went ahead and cad modeled a wooden base that will house the bottom of the vase.

FABRICATION

I lasercut the base out of 1/4 inch birch plywood and wood glued it all together. The front panel was rastered and sanded to get rid of the burn marks from the laser cutter.

ADDING THE FINISH

I decided to go with a Cabernet semi-gloss stain + poly which gave a nice contrast between the clear vase and the wood. The laser rastered letters also had a good contrast against the stained wood.

PICKING UP THE FLOWER

I was able to find a Peace Lily at the local Home Depot (luckily Mother's Day is during Spring).

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

I decided to add an LED ring similar to this one, that Seth Riskin from the MIT Museum Studio had lying around. As you can see, the light added a nice glow to the project. You should see how it glows in the dark!

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