Following the design and the production of our prototype there are a number of ways we felt we could further develop our piece. These variants could also be sampled in order to create a range of lamps.
In our final design we chose to use mirrored acrylic to cover the electrical components as this would reflect the lights and colours refracted off the glass lamp shade. This element of the lamp could potentially be made from a whole variety of coloured perspex or have a variety of patterns etched into it. By using neon acrylics the edges and etching would glow.
We opted to fuse and slump clear glass, to to emulate water. When experimenting we felt coloured glass did not add anything aesthetically to the piece and looked too busy. 3M irredescent solutions could be applied to the glass dome to create more of a bubble like appearance.
In addition sandblasting could be used to soften the light in areas, or even accentuate the shadows they cast on their surroundings.
In our initial design we opted to use wood as we liked the contrast between the cold surfaces of the mirrored plastic and glass dome with the warm wood. There are a number of other materials we felt could have been used to great effect.
Firstly polished cast concrete could have been used to create a contemporary look. I feel the cool grey would contrast nicely with bright acrylics or coloured lights.
Another material which could have been used is porcelain. I love the warm glow it gives off when lit from within.
Finally metal, in particularity copper could again have a nice warm effect when used in a lighting piece. It would also help in reflecting light around the room. However, I feel this material wouldn’t work well with coloured lights.