$1,106
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15
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 27 2017
$1,106
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
15
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 27 2017

About

Imagine having a Lamp for Life, crafted around sustainable materials and design. Every year, a newly designed work of art is delivered right to your door, while the previous year’s lamp is recycled to be seen in a new light.

A bit about me

I have been making bespoke and small batch home furnishings for nearly a decade using a combination of digital fabrication and traditional craft techniques. I grew up in Philadelphia and received my BFA in Craft from Kutztown University specializing in Furniture Design and received my MFA at Maine College of Art.

History

It all started with my show "A Maker's Manifesto" where I designed and 3D printed sixteen lamps, all based around the idea that what if various fine artists, craftsmen, and industrial designers were re-designing the same lamp.

Below you can see the results.

A Maker's Manifesto (2016)
A Maker's Manifesto (2016)

Fast forward a full year and I have been designing new lamps with a new goal. I want to take the sustainability of 3D printing lamps to a whole new level. I have purchased a Filabot Extruder and Spooler so that I can make my own 3D printer filament and recycle old designs by breaking the plastic back down and making it into printer material. My next step was to discover how do I get my customers to send me their old lamps when they no longer want them? How do I keep designing and making new lamps, exploring new trends, and still be sustainable?

This is where the idea for the "Lamp for Life" program started.

Lamp for Life Explained

The concept it simple and needs a certain level of funding to become fully functional. There will be two ways of getting involved.

The first way is making an annual payment. This is a great choice if you want to make one payment and forget about the rest of the year. This is also how all of the backers are getting involved with this project, however a survey will be sent out to see if the backers want to continue or end their involvement. I understand if you want to get a lamp but not be involved more than that. If you decide to continue, at your anniversary you can exchange your current lamp for the newest design or keep the one you have. At that time you can continue to pay your annual fee and stay in the program or cancel. Anytime after your 1st anniversary you can decide to discontinue the service and keep your current lamp choice.

The second way is to finance the annual payment. This is what the Kickstarter will establish. It works just like the annual payment except you're charged once a month with 0% financing. We only require you to pay the first twelve months before you can cancel.

Imagine not having to worry about keeping up with design trends. I do all the work for you.

Sustainability

There are multiple ways I have tackled the issue of sustainability. The first way is with the materials themselves. The lamps are printed using a plastic called "PLA". This plastic is starch based (like corn) and so it is commercially bio-degradable. It can also be shredded and turned back into raw material for the 3D printers to use. That process is done through the before mentioned Filabot system.

The second way the lamps are sustainable is they are able to be taken apart easily. All of the parts in the lamp have been carefully sourced for just that reason. Many of the parts can be re-used, saving them from a life in a landfill.

The third way the lamps are sustainable is inherent with the process I am using to make them, 3D printing. While traditional furniture can have up to 70% waste from raw material to finished product, the 3D printing process I use has less than 1% waste and that waste gets recycled using the Filabot system.

We will also be shipping all of the lamps with a daylight of soft white LED light bulb, your choice. You can enjoy the benefits of reduced electric bills and knowing you won't be changing the bulb for at least 10 years.

The Rewards

Sticker Pack

 The stickers measure 3" x 3" and each pack includes one of each design.

T-Shirt Designs

The Evolution of Lighting
The Evolution of Lighting

 

I Love Lamp
I Love Lamp

 Lamp Designs

There are three sizes of lamps available. When backing this Kickstarter you will be choosing the design and size of the lamp you wish to have in the Lamp for Life program.

The Twist, Small lamp, 5" wide x 4" deep x 8" tall
The Twist, Small lamp, 5" wide x 4" deep x 8" tall

Each lamp has been designed with a lot of care over the last year. The Twist lamp was the first design. It was an exploration of texture and simplifying form. I wanted to put a simple twist in a simple form to create an elegant and compact lamp.

The Tumbler, Medium lamp, (4.5" wide x 4.5" deep x 11.5" tall)
The Tumbler, Medium lamp, (4.5" wide x 4.5" deep x 11.5" tall)

The Tumbler was inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller and the stability of the triangle in architecture. I wanted to design a lamp that's overall shape would be mid-century modern but has a texture that is contemporary, allowing it to fit into a wide variety of interiors.

The Torch, Large lamp, 8" diameter x 14" tall
The Torch, Large lamp, 8" diameter x 14" tall

The Torch is inspired by historical oil lamps and with the simple change of a bulb it can be as bright as a bonfire or as dim as a candle. It's your choice on how bright a torch you need.

Chandelier

The chandelier will be a custom project for up to three backers. The reward value will serve as a basis for a design and material budget. If the backer wishes to expand on that budget they will be able to.

Risks and challenges

With every project there are risks. I have worked diligently over the last year to minimize them.

The biggest thing that could go wrong is time. The Torch lamp takes 32 hours to print and then has to be wired and assembled, and tested. That is why there is plan A, B and C just to make sure we hit our production goals. Here are some of the risks and how I am already addressing them.

1. Availability of materials

3D printing materials are common these days. You can even purchase them on Amazon. I have long standing relationships with multiple companies that are the main suppliers in the USA and we are able to make our own material in-house with the use of out Filabot system. All of the other hardware is extremely common by design. It allows me to use existing hardware suppliers to obtain large quantities at a moment’s notice.

2. Holiday Schedules

I want to deliver all of the “early bird” backers’ lamps before Christmas. I have two finely tuned machines and access to more if I need them. I know I hate waiting for that special thing that I am so excited about and you probably do too. That’s why I have worked so hard to make sure I can reach this deadline.

3. Overwhelming Response

In the case of our goal being smashed and we have to produce a lot of lamps in a short time, I will purchase multiple new machines. This would allow us to grow into a large scale level of production and we would all be contributing to a change in the way we light our homes and offices.

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