Initial Research

I began researching the areas in Product Design which I was most interested in. The ideas of modification and customisation are concepts I would most like to pursue as mentioned in my learning agreement. As my background is in textiles would also like to perhaps include textile technique, although only if this can be incorporated in a contemporary way. I began by exploring the way in which designers have created customisation pieces. Interior products such as the cross stitch end table or embroidered wallpaper allow customers to directly engage with their product, allowing them to feel pride in the piece they have partially designed, hopefully giving the piece longevity.

I would like my piece to be created using traditional craft, this is important as it will enable me to to add a unique quality to my work which mass produced items don’t have. I’m very interested in interior product in particular lighting. Unlike other purely decorative pieces, lighting has a function which I hope would give it more marketbale appeal.

I want to find a way in which craft can be used to create a sophisticated, high end piece without a designer price tag. In this way I really like the work of  Jane Blease whose laser cut wooden lamp shades use both print and stitch. As they are handcrafted they are all one of a kind, however they are all retailed between £50 and £200.

Having a  a product which the user can modify as often as they like to suit your personal space if a concept I also find interesting. I would hope such engagement would increase customer relationship with a product as it can be tailored to accommodate their needs. This was something I briefly looked at in my first unit, along with mood lamps and the way in which colour and pattern can be used can effect your feelings and productivity.

While visiting Milan design week I was really interested in the work of  Dessy Madanska and in particular the visible lights project. These lighting pieces have movable, coloured film which sits on top of the lamp. Users can easily rotate the coloured discs to create a uniquely coloured light for their space.

I also like Estudio Sputnik’s Santorini Lamps, sustainably-crafted modular hanging lamps. Each piece has a wooden base and a number of modular pieces so users can create or change their lampshade, each combination with their own lighting effect.


In a similar way I am interested in products which customers can make, complete or construct themselves. This way they have the satisfaction of having ‘made’ a product with enough of a framework in place to make it high quality and usable. This again should increase the life of this product as user has an emotional connection to the piece having made it themselves.

A great example of this is this cork light fitting, this piece allows you to customise the lampshade by simple adding your own textile or paper piece.


Similarly architect Dragos Motica designed a concrete lampshade which the user cracks themselves to create their desired look. “…the “/” Lamp, an object that gives the owner a subjective and personal choice as to whether they want to interact with it, change it or keep it as-is.” (Derringer, 2014: Online). The completed look is purely down to personal preference.


Finally I loved this cross stitch light shade. Users can embellish it as much or as little as they like with almost any pattern. The possibilities with this piece are almost endless



Derringer, J. Design Milk (2014) “/” Lamp Makes You The Designer [Online] 18th July 2014 [Date Accessed 22/06/17]


Fig 1: Jessica Nebel’s Pixel Poster (2007) Pixel it. Type For You [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 2: Cross Stitch End Table (2017) Ariadne at Home [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 3: Cross Stitch Wallpaper (2017) Pinterest [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 4: Jane Blease Gestalten Lampshade (2017) Jane Blease [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 5: Jane Blease Circles Lamp (2017) Jane Blease [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 6: OneSpaceDesign Visible Light (2017) OneSpaceDesign [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 6: Santorini Lamps by Estudio Sputnik (2012) Cool Hunting [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 7: Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica (2014) Dezeen [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]

Fig 8:Cross Stitch Lampshade (2017) Pinterest [Online] [Date Accessed 21st July 2017]






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