Designing a bicycle themed lamp; this is how we do it
Why designing a bicycle themed lamp?
Just like with art, you can recognize all kinds of things in our lamps. This happened when a friend came to visit. She’s a real cycling fanatic. At seeing one of our new lamps, she immediately called out; ‘Cool! Are these bicycles?’ ‘…ehh… they could be…’ we said ‘although we didn’t have this in mind during designing’. ‘Ahh yes, I see now. Too bad, ’cause I would absolutely love a bicycle themed lamp!’
That’s how we ended up at the drawing table to start designing a bicycle themed lamp. We were surprised it worked out very well. We know we can design lamps in all kinds of themes, but we didn’t expect it to succeed this well. That’s why we are enthusiastic to show you the development of the bicycle themed lamp “Vélo”.
An interesting figure
We use the same figure and construction as for all of our lamps: the icosahedron. The ico-what?? That was our initial reaction to this exotic name. The icosahedron is a mathematical figure and is shown in the image below on the left. It consists of 20 equilateral triangles. Each triangle will get the same pattern. This is why we start designing with just 1 triangle. It’s is a lot easier. With the help of a 3D program we create the whole figure to be able to see the result and to examine it in detail.
Nine million bicycles in Beijing
There are many types of bicycles that we could integrate into the lamp. We started a little research for inspiration. Then we decided to choose a model that many people will recognize as a standard bicycle.
How to fit a bicycle in a triangle
This is the moment we can fully unleash our creativity. Here we not only can choose how many bicycles we want to put in the triangle, but also where and how. The challenge is to find a solution that makes it possible to connect all the elements and at the same time to create a beautiful spatial shape.
Idea: a traffic sign
As an example we show you how to make a warning sign out of this. A warning triangle with a bike in the middle. This would we more or less the result;
Hopefully you get the idea, but we don’t exactly think this will be a cosy and atmospheric lamp that is suitable for the living room. :) We want the bicycles to stand out more instead of triangles.
Logic and beauty
The way we shape the connection areas of the triangles can be very crucial for the total design. We start by focusing on these connection areas, to determine where and how the bicycles are positioned best. Not only do we want them to be functional, but we also want them to be of an added value for the design of the lamp.
Variant 1: In order to create an evenly repeated pattern, we placed 3 bicycles in the triangle. The wheels are connected to each other; a front wheel with a rear wheel. The result is somewhat static and the large voids will be difficult to fill up with a logic figure.
Variant 2: For this variant we rotated the previous pattern with 60 degrees in the triangle. Now the bicycles are connected in a nice circle, but beyond that, the result is the same.
Variant 3: Now we flipped the bicycles relative to the small triangle that connects the 3 bicycles. This way the wheels are turned inwards and placed on the small triangle. It creates the idea that the bicycles are standing on the street or earth. That is the part that we like very much, but unfortunately a lot of attention is drawn to the triangles.
Variant 4: By this variant we get very excited. We connected the rear wheels by which the front wheels become free. It’s like the pattern is in motion now; like the bicycles are rotating or moving away from the small triangle. The result is dynamic and interesting and also a real bicycle pattern instead of a pattern with triangles and bicycles.
Dynamics and balance
In the previous step we decided how we wanted the bicycles to be placed in the triangle. Now it is time to pay attention to the interplay of all the lines. Our goal is to create a harmonious and interesting design, which is largely determined by the interplay of lines. In case of the bicycles this is about making the frames parallel with the triangle. After doing this, we noticed the beginning of a cube shape. Do you see the cube shape evolving in the picture below?
After making the cube shape complete in the last step, we realized we had just designed another Lampshapers’ worthy lamp. A lamp with logic, beauty, dynamics and balance!
We are almost there, but this last step is important for the finishing touch. We examine again all the lines, we add fillets where needed and look at the 3d model from all sides. Last but not least, we detail the connection areas.
We have designed the lamp and it is ready for laser cutting. It will be the grand test. In case of the bicycle themed lamp it passed the test the first time already. We named it Vélo. What do you think of the end result?
The success with the Vélo was motivating and we thought we could do more with this bicycle design. It resulted in the Vélo 2. This lamp is perfect for lighting the dinner table.
What would you like to be the next theme for a lamp design? Let us know below. We are very curious! Would you like to receive a weekly tip or idea on how to get most out of your interior with ambient lighting? Please fill in your details at the bottom of this page.