About this project
IF YOU MISSED OUT ON OUR KICKSTARTER PROJECT, PLEASE VISIT US AT WWW.LUKANDERS.COM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALVA.
ALVA IN 2012
In the summer of 2012 we introduced our interpretation to the beautiful early bulbs of Thomas Edison. While modern compact fluorescent and LED lighting is certainly more efficient than incandescent bulbs, it has lost much of the beauty of those original electric lights. Alva was created to show that modern LED technology can be cozy and inviting.
A few original backer comments...
"I LOVE my Alva lamp, It makes me smile every time I see it…I'm trying to convince my wife that we need a couple more..." - S.C.
"…very stunning and beautiful piece of craftsmanship...I've backed plenty [of projects] and only a handful have been received that felt finished, The Alva lamp being one of them! Thank you again. Those who have not received yet, it will be worth the wait once it arrives!" - A.T.
"My sister said it is by far the best gift she's ever received!" - R.M.A.
"Lamp just arrived. Much larger than I expected. Absolutely beautiful!!! Great work. You can feel and see the craftsmanship. well worth the wait for such a fine piece. Thank You." - I.M.
"My Alva... is the first thing people comment on when they come to visit. I'm very pleased with the Alva. Thanks Luke!" - D.P.
Since the first Alva project, we have been working to improve our process while expanding the range of options for bringing Alva into your home.
ALVA IN 2013
We got our start on Kickstarter and have come back to show people what we have been up to while allowing them to pre-order Alva and support our latest design endeavor.
THE ARTISTS THAT MAKE ALVA:
Scott, James, and I are all working artists. James was educated at one of the top schools for ceramics in the country, Alfred University in New York state. Scott studied glass blowing at the well respected Tyler School of Art at Temple University. I graduated from the art program at Millersville University with a focus in Sculpture. The wooden parts that we use on Alva are made by a few craftsmen here in Lancaster county.
So many objects we interact with are cheaply made and lack any evidence of human touch. As you can see in the video, our hands are intimately involved in every step from glass blowing to hand glazing in order to create each Alva with its own unique personality and character. Alva is made by professional artists, and we only ship things we are proud to put our names on.
THE NEW ALVA COLLECTION
These are the Alvas that we are hoping to bring to production. We are making all 5 designs available for you to pre-order. Each of them is a different combination of filament, glass, and base color. Some light up with a soft orange glow while those with clear filaments are a little bit brighter and offer whiter light. The Gloaming model looks like a large frosted bulb that not only puts off more light than the original Alva, but also glows softly in the dark for several hours after it has been turned off! Each has a different character but they are all Alva.
The Classic is the most like the original Alva. If you want a large Edison style light bulb lamp, this is the one for you.
The DiveMaster reminds us of something from a Jules Verne Novel. It has a wonderful look that wouldn't be out of place on Captain Nemo's Nautilus.
The LunaBlu...simply stunning!
We called this one The Manhattan because it invokes for us the style and sophistication that has always made New York City the place to be.
For The Gloaming we have paired a glaze that reminds us of the carpeted rambling of the forest floor with a frosted bulb that is like the surrounding light of the moon. The glass also glows a soft green in the dark when the lamp is turned off! A truly alluring thing.
All Alvas come wired for the North American market (120V). If you live elsewhere in the world you will need to secure an additional adaptor/transformer for your country.
Here are some images of the lamps in the dark on my desk. These pictures are good for comparing the differing amounts of light that the different lamps put off. However, the actual beauty of the lamps is very hard to capture with a picture in the dark, so the lamps themselves look much better in person than these pictures can convey.
Alva - More Lightbulb Lamps!
Risks and challenges
We successfully completed our last Kickstarter campaign and now know the time and energy required to take an idea from prototype to production.
Last year, the response of the Kickstarter community took us by surprise, and we struggled to meet our deadlines. We were only late by a few months, but found that to be unacceptable moving forward. We have put a lot of time and energy into streamlining our production, assembly, and shipping to minimize the chances of it happening again.
At this point we need to order the raw materials to be able to make Alva both efficiently and cost effectively. Please help us to make these new versions of Alva a reality and support our project so that you can enjoy all the beauty that Alva has to offer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
An LED light bulb is hidden in the base and is used to light up the filament.
With a few hours of daily use, the bulb should last about 3 years.
No, the bulb is easily replaced by removing 3 screws at the bottom of the lamp and then changing the bulb like you would in any other lamp?
The LED bulbs we use draws about 10 watts.
No, the ceramic base can become warm after an hour or so, but it never gets hot.
Yes, you can. It depends what you want to do, but most things can be customized for as little as $50.
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