Prismo lamp is designed and constructed based on a classical example of the prismatic structure. It takes advantage of the periodic and space-filling properties of the prismatic geometry to tessellate a series of convex polyhedra that moves synchronously with each other to achieve the final effect of the lamp’s kinetic aesthetic.
The transformative process of prismatic geometry indicates great potential for unexpected lighting effects once being utilized as a light-reflective vessel. Its ability to metamorphose into a myriad of states provides opportunities for different lighting conditions. Therefore, by integrating reflective materials and light sources into the interior of the geometry, the prismo lamp is able to express its kinetic properties through light refractions and further amplify them through the materials used.
The lamp’s movement is driven by the actuation of its base parallelogram. By fixing one side of the parallelogram to the base, we were able to achieve one degree of freedom which is actuated through a servo motor.
The panels of the lamp are fabricated through SLS printing which resulted in a clean black matte finish. The movement of the panels is enabled through mechanical hinges which are integrated into the panel designs.
The mesmerizing light reflections of this lamp suggest endless design possibilities for further geometry explorations as well as actuation engineering.