3D Design

Pinecone Lamp

Our ongoing explorations with material scientists help us arrive at unexpected solutions.

The Design Challenge

When we start with “what if?” we usually get to “here’s how.” Pinecones open up their scales in the heat of a forest fire to release the seeds that will grow a new tree. What if the heat of light could open a lamp to release light into a room? We used heat sensitive bi-metallic muscle wire to shift the levers attached to wooden fins and created a lightscape.

(Winner of Off/Cut: Best of Canadian Wood Design 2005)