The C-lamp is a technical lamp constructed from off the shelf components
and connecting elements cast from recycled aluminium. The main element
is a C- shaped clamp, which is constructed from cuboids of polystyrene
packaging hot-glued together, whilst the connectors for the supporting
aluminium rods are made from two off set cubes in the same manner. These
patterns are then set into sand and cast using the flower pot furnace.
Post operations are minimal.Any flash in the cast sections is cut away
and finished by hand. The clamp and connectors are drilled out to take
the rod, whilst smaller holes are drilled and tapped with a thread to
take the locating thumb and grub screws that fix the lamp in place for
adjustment. Finishing is minimal to keep the texture of the cast and
emphasise the narrative of the production process. In case of a very
rough finish, rubberised paint has been applied to keep the castings
from damaging surfaces and assist in the ease of adjustment.
A standard 10mm aluminium rod is used, available from any DIY store.
Satin and polished finishes have been achieved with wire wool and a
standard metal polish. Grommets screws and electrical components can be
found in electrical and audio wholesalers. The diffuse for the lamp is a
fabric conditioner bottle, cut away and finished with a craft knife.
Predominantly made from aluminium, the C-lamp can be melted down and
recycled again in the back yard furnace to make another creation.
Designed for the 2010 TEN Exhibition - PLAN - where the TEN designers
have all produced PLANs to take make a series of sustainable designs
that encourage the user to construct, engage, learn and bond with the
You can visit the TEN PLAN
project site website and download plans for the C-Lamp.