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Using my sketchpad primarily to rough out ideas on paper, I imagined the use of a fabric wrapped metal skeleton pendant after seeing an in house concept using a similar process. As the sketch began to consider minimal parts/cost for a production run vs custom i started to see something like a tent. This square bottomed tent stretched out the 2 opposing edges to become more like a leaf.
This image shows the initial foam core model to rough in the form (left). This initial foamcore model was created within the hour of the initial idea going down on paper. Soon after I was given the OK to work with a mechanical designer to make a prototype frame (middle) out of aluminum and wrap it with a stretch fabric and lit with LED's. We later updated the prototype to a slimmer form (right) to accommodate ADA laws as well as sourced a translucent fabric with all the qualities we were looking for.
Here you can see the stark difference in fabric choice and evolution the (now named) Lotus had gone through.
In this image you get an idea of whats under the Lotus's fabric in the most recent (3rd) iteration and what makes up the metal frame.
This image is meant to create interest and show the Lotus' ability to be used in a cluster. The images included are the lotus lit up such as the top 3 images are displaying a hand painted/spray painted finish and the bottom 3 are showing off the fabric on its own acting as a lens.
This is a foam core model assembled in the way I foresee a Lotus Pendant design to be bump formed and welded together.
This presentation gives a better idea of the estimated appearance of the form fully wrapped. This concept was meant to be presented in the same breath as the lotus wall mount to help round out the family.
Working at a custom centric business like Winona Lighting gives you the option to step out of the box and imagine the possibility of using aluminum foam as a lens. The acrylic lens' unique form and the large inner chamfers help this stand out from the traditional looking rings in a more sophisticated way.
This concept was meant to be tight against a wall and protruding no more than 2". Taking inspiration from the grille of a Plymouth Barracuda I created this simple repeatable form to wrap an edgelit LED panel.
This concept uses square OLED panels back to back at an angle to create interest and and up/down light in a popular form.
The concept centered around expanding product offerings to include a down light focused pendant. The high heat created by the down light's LED gave me inspiration to vent air through the fixture in a directional way.
Using air flow cooling as my impetus, I imagined using a wing profile from inside to both assist in bringing cool air past the hot LED's and also assisting in giving the LED's more of an omni-directional pattern.
The use of cables in a creative way piqued interest in our VOC research. This was an experimentation on a hot air balloon shape feel but in an open cube using this creative cable use.
By taking advantage of existing LED boards within Acuity Brands I was able to envision this low profile form. The concept is based on the creative cable use we received VOC feedback in prior concepts.
This concept takes advantage of LED edge lighting and brings a bowl form into something so flat. By gesturing the form through the waving planes you create interest and depth where it would normally be ignored.
Utilizing the thin profile of the LED a slight angled chamfer on the inner panels helps hide the thickness of this planar form.
Most drums on the market are fairly simple straight forward designs. This was an attempt to add a sense of depth and interest to the class.
These are traditional schoolhouse globes with a modern twist. The side view retains much of the desired (classic) profile where the hammered and plated interior creates interest from underneath. The down light in the middle helps distribute light in all directions.
Taking ideas from the Lotus I created a foam core mock up for a fabric wrapped metal frame pendant or ceiling mounted luminaire. The primary goal was to experiment on extending the fabric to an area past what would normally be an undercut if made out of acrylic. (Use of acrylic was always the backup plan for the Lotus if production took too long on the fabric)
Bowl form with a more airy and open appearance. Accent lighting, down lighting and asymmetric up lighting encompass this design.
Image of a 3D Printed mock up/prototype hanging from stock parts (light on).
Image of a 3D Printed mock up/prototype hanging from stock parts (light off).
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Lighting Concepts

These are a few lighting design concepts that never made it into the production phase. A couple of these were prototyped but never made it beyond presentation. All of these concepts were modeled in SolidWorks and rendered in Keyshot.

Emma Hover
Industrial Designer Greenville, SC