Caterpillar Lamp




My name is Roxanna Munoz and I am currently studying Industrial Design in New Jersey Institute of Technology.  I chose design because I was interested from the moment I saw the visual and design impact it had on our surroundings on a daily basis: from the alarm that wakes you up, the bed you’re sleeping on, the objects you use to get ready to your transportation to work.  I enjoy knowing that one day something I thought of one night could exist, getting “my hands dirty” with a project, and not being afraid to do something I love and enjoy.


My name is Susan Aboelela and I am entering my third year in the Industrial Design program at New Jersey Institute of Technology. I have always loved to observe  and look closely at everyday objects, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it, designing beautiful new things that people will use on a daily basis. I am still learning a lot from this design program, and have yet to figure out exactly where I want to go, but I know I will also like to implement a business side to my career along with design.


Our assignment was to create a lamp, or light fixture, using a basic lamp kit to make it.  The requirements included use of the CNC machine at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rhino.



The caterpillar: we were intrigued by the chunkiness, and contours the caterpillar has on its body, as well as the poetics caterpillars capture when they move from one leaf to the next.



The lamp that we created is an ambient light that is greater in height than in width.  It is made out of ½” Birch wood and each contoured piece was put together with sand paper, and wood glue.



Each separate piece is in the shape of a hexagon that varies in size and they each contain a missing corner.  The lamp, as a whole, has an extruded cylinder in the center of the lamp, except for the top piece.



Not knowing what size lamp we wanted or how we were going to have light coming out of the lamp.  We were contemplating on using acrylic for every other hexagon, but we realized it was too much money, especially getting it  ½” in thickness.  We had to rethink our design, when it came to materials, and we decided on using wood, because it was less expensive and we knew the CNC machine was able to cut it.


The project was supervised by Virginia Harper, and was part of their semester assignment for their Industrial Design course. This lamp was selected to be featured at ICFF 2012.






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