Consumer Customised Lampshades by Thinkk Studio
Bangkok-based Thinkk Studio is tapping into the desire for personalised designs in its latest project, The Lanna Factory – a low-tech machine that enables users to be involved in creating their own lampshade.
The lampshades are constructed on a specially designed machine by wrapping glue-covered threads around a foam mould – the movement and direction of the threads are controlled using foot pedals. Consumers are able to choose the colour of the threads and the shape of the mould, and can also determine the thickness of the layer of threads. Once the glue has dried, the form can be removed from the mould and attached to a light fitting.
As first tracked in Design Democracy: Outsider, consumer involvement in the design process has grown increasingly in recent years, enabling unique products that are specific to a person's tastes or requirements. This approach is often seen in tandem with unconventional and low-fi manufacturing processes such as this one. For more on how designers are rethinking production through process-driven design, see our Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Design Direction, Intervene.
The Lanna Factory and its resulting lampshades were shown during the D'Days Festival in Paris last week (June 1-7). For more design events coverage from earlier this year, see our reports from Maison & Objet, Milan Design Week and NYCxDesign.