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Thanks to my job as a magician, I have been able to acquire skills to materialize in our reality, effects that at first might seem completely impossible to achieve (except of course in special effects movies) like transforming a human being in a snow storm... Always surpassing limits is by far my favorite challenge.
Unfortunately I will neither be telling you on this tutorial how to cut your wife into four pieces (she will thank me) nor how to make your car levitate in the air (though it might be very useful when changing the tires)... Professional secrecy.
My main source of inspiration resides in movies, video games and science fiction. Well, what is the common point between TRON, Zelda, Final Fantasy, etc???
Answer: The luminescent shapes which represent electronic circuits or magic spells. I have always been marveled by these visual effects and I do think I am not the only one.
I have recreated this effect on a cube in order to explain the main mechanism.The goal here is to achieve reproducing this effect in any other object of everyday's life; like a coffee table, a Plexiglas chair, PC modding etc. I have a list of objects I am already working on .
This is my first online contribution to the world of design and I hope the beginning of many others.
(By the way I seize this opportunity to say that I am also looking for firms which could be interested in producing and launching my creations like the following lamp. Thank you very much.)
Step 1: Ideas & Materials
My lines of reflections
I wanted to create an object which would blend with an apartment's interior along with the furnitures during the day and reveal it's mysterious aspect in the dark.
I have avoided using big and complexe tools so that it could be possible for anybody to make this lamp.
I have started to create my luminous patterns with Adobe Illustrator , after several 3D light simulations with Carrara, I have determined, according to me, the best harmony between light and darkness. My conclusion :
The lamp must not be overcharged with too many luminous lines because the visual effect will get degraded, on the contrairy if there are not enough lines, we simply lose the primary utility of the lamp ; to enlighten.
I have choosen to use Opaline Plexiglas ( also called Frosted Plexiglas ) for it's classy aspect and also because of it's light diffusion properties.
In order to liven the lamp up, I have used a color changing led light bulb.
The trick I found for having the maximum light through the lines of the pattern while having areas remaining completely dark was to use a mirrored paper to cut the pattern.
You will find the list of the materials needed, and all the instructions about how to make this lamp, in the following video.