_igneous captures the fierce, smouldering ignition of a porous black solid
_a suspended performance of fire, igneous demonstrates durability and an enduring tolerance to heat and abrasion
_a spectrum of blue, red, orange and purple hues make reference to the excited molecular radicals of a fuelled and energized flame, in celebration of the vibrant colour range Formica has to offer
_the rectilinear body is crisp and confidently contrasted by an organic, changing structure of lines to emphasis the artistic potential of merging multiple Formica products together
_an internal LED light source illuminates a diffused stem of decorative hot molten, which is the stimulus of igneous
_specification includes MDF with Formica HPL / Formica AR Plus Solid Colours / suspended coated steel rod
Flexibility – Formica is not just limited to benchtops and square forms; it is able to fold along curved surfaces also. I wanted to represent this in my design by having curves as a main design feature and to represent this in a contemporary form.
Function – The contrasts in this light fitting of vertical and horizontal surfaces, of different colours, patterns and finishes joining neatly together, and of form and function in the final product – this represents Formica’s fusion with creativity and adaptability in the industry.
Fashion – with an up to date swatch chart to choose from I was able to pick and match from a range of colours, patterns and finishes to assemble a contemporary combination that results in a fashionable outcome.
My Formica Formation design is about bringing these three aspects of flexibility, fusion and fashion into a light fitting that will extend the viewers’ ideas on Formica. I have created a light sculpture that is fascinating in its materials, manufacture and function. I wanted to design a light fitting that is contemporary to 2015 and adaptable to different surroundings, but which stands out as a unique custom design also.
A collection of planar sculptural objects that populate surface, creating shadow play through rhythmic spacing of Formica clad forms
The smooth surface of a chrysalis has been digitally subdivided to create this pendant. Panels of Formica ColorCore in Spectrum Red sit on a durable 3D printed frame.
Light is emitted through CNC cut holes in the upper panels, and through openings in the top and bottom of the light.
A futuristic architectural pendant. Panels of Formica ColorCore in Fog grey sit on a 3D printed plastic frame.
Light is emitted through the many edges of the lamp from perforations in the frame.
The inspiration for “Frond of You” came from a want to create a national theme light source, something which oozes New Zealand. The unravelling frond of the Silver Fern is something all New Zealanders recognise.
My hope was to design a lamp which New Zealanders can relate to and which speaks of being a “Kiwi”.
No matter where you are in the world, the “Frond of You” lamp can be with you as a reminder of home.
Formica is durable, longlasting and protective. It takes on many forms.
This design explores the formal concept of a rock; a durable hard material encompassing and protecting the light inside. The rock cracking just enough to let the light out, achieving different light qualities as you move around the shell, always retaining a sense of intrigue, never giving away too much. Protecting, as if to keep the light.
The faceted ‘rock’ surfaces are emphasized with natural stone laminates on the outside. With varying Formica finishes used on a single facet to create the illusion of more facets than there actually are, to create depth in the design whilst simplifying the construction. The inside of the shell maximises light with the reflective quality of polished aluminium laminate.
Splitting pendant manifests light and Formica together. One strong and protective, the other elusive yet restrained, coming together to create an exciting display of form and texture. But the reward is light.
Night perspective. Light inside is to be spread evenly to create diamond shaped shadows. The inside layer has four types of Formica products:
- Formica AR+ Clementine
- Formica AR+ Cassis
- Formica AR+ Juicy Pink
- Formica AR+ Carnaval
Hint of colour is visible through gaps. From below you get the full colour palette.
Inspired by clean lines and simplicity, Timeless Descent is inspired by geometry and modernism whilst still maintaining class and timeless elegance. It was developed from the concept of a chandelier with a modern twist to transfer it into today’s contemporary environment. The chandelier concept makes it easily transferable into many different residential and commercial environments – from extreme modernism to classic design. The design encompassing a combination of timeless elegance whilst also embracing contemporary abstraction.
Black and white has been the base for this design – its classic and simplistic. “Black and White is timeless as it is definite…… It forms a never ending partnership that intersperses our style and taste with simplicity, classicism and often, an incisive edge” (Guild, 2013, p. 10) Black and white is an elegant combination and as photographer Ted Grant once said “When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white you photograph their soul’. (Guild, 2013, p. 10) The effect of the use of black and white together can be as conflicting as the colours themselves. It can be nostalgic and classic but just as easily contemporary and modern. The HPL Bianca Luna 180fx also embraces shades of Grey through the marble effect. Grey is a combination of black and white – it includes the forceful gravitas of black and the peace and purity of white.
The strong contrasts these colours provide help define the shape of this design. Due to the nature of the design and the layering of forms, it was important to select materials and colours that didn’t overpower and complicate the design – it is based on simplicity, contrasts and sophistication that can be transferable into different areas.
The layering of shapes helps transfers the viewer through the design from top to bottom. The design flows from one form to the next and which creates a cohesive feel. The repetition of forms creates a harmony and organised structure to the design.
Strong lines have been used to give this design a defined edge and provide a sense of structure to the design.
This design was inspired by my favourite New Zealand native bird, the Fantail (the Maori name for fantail is Piwakawaka). I was inspired by the shape their feathers create with the wind overlaps the tail. By taking this form and simplifying it I create an origami type geometric shape that I have named the Piwakawaka Pendant. I wanted the pendants to look delicate like stars at night, they are hung with black electrical cord so that at night it gives the illusion they are floating.
With the Formica I decided to use the traditional square edge profile and clash the edges, to continue with the geometric style. The Formica will be mounted on 3mm MDF. I used the Decometal Polished Aluminium alongside Plex Graphite on the interior as a reflective surface to project the light and the colours for the exterior sides have been chosen to invoke and idea of stars and the galaxy.