Touch Lamp

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Project by Jacob posted 03-16-2011 11:39 PM 1517 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lamp designed for a lighting competition here in NYC, theme for the competition: Shadows.

The concept i worked with behind it was to play with the way light moves diffuses through a medium such as crushed glass. I did various studies of the form and chose a simple cylindrical shape. I played with tilting and angle-ing the lines on the form.

The brass section is actually the touch-sensitive on/off switch to control the fluorescent bulb.

The final project is made of a laminated block of Mahogany that I turned on the lathe. The bottom section houses the electronics, the lamp ballast and base and the touch switch. I used brass for the external switch and as a detail for the access plate on the bottom.

It also uses acrylic and glass.

I did not win the competition, my design was not so literal as the judges intended, and as a product designer I treated it as such, so here is my concept as a fully working prototype.

What does the world of woodworkers think?

(For more documentation of my process, and images of other things I made but maybe not out of wood, check out my portfolio @

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 11:43 PM

I like it – could you add some pics of it lit by something else so we can see the glass and the wood?

Edited to add – hah, by the time I submitted my post, you already had!

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 11:47 PM

Thank you, yes for some reason my connection was iffy and I had to add pictures by editing! Still getting the hang of the site’s interface i guess.

Thanks again!

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 03:49 AM

I think it is highly desirable in all aspects, and very aesthetically pleasing! -a very nice blend of materials!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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