Suspension lamp is a luminaire made of stainless steel and glass. A combination of standardized parts, an Ikea vase, turned parts and bent sheet metal form the assembly.
A Lamp? Original!
Pragmatism can sometimes be very helpful to get started, learn various new things, and strive for a high level of detail and quality. Since I wanted to learn the digital manufacturing process of cutting and bending sheet metal, I decided to convert a leftover vase into a very simple suspension lamp.
I knew I wanted the lamp to appear as a floating cylinder surrounded by a glass rim and hung on a very distinctive stainless steel clamp. The glass was drilled – or rather sanded – out with a diamond-tipped can drill. The clamp was designed and sent to the manufacturing unit within a few hours. It was laser-cut from stainless V2 and bent with great precision to the desired angels. In order to connect a steel cable to the construction, a cylinder made of V2 with a centered hole was threaded at both ends. Thanks to the high-precision machining, everything came together nicely.
Slowly sanding through glass
Designing the Clamp
Conclusion & Afterlife
After the project was finished, I had a very decent looking lamp. Nice. However, as mentioned earlier, this was never the ultimate intention of this project. From a different perspective, I gained practical experience with manufacturing methods that are going to accompany me in future projects.
Designed and developed by Leo Mühlfeld. Machining support by Matthias Pfeffer and Ben Schneider.