Geoffrey Marshall, Sepiida Floor Lamp (ART & OBJECTS 2023)

Bruce Moyle

The Sepiida Floor Lamp was created after a series of form finding prototypes with the use of reclaimed timber and minor species timber endemic to Tasmania as a driver. The form is loosely based on the structure of a cuttlefish bone, hence the name Sepiida; the scientific order of the cuttlefish. The form, process and materials were influenced by concurrent exploration of timber surfboard making techniques. Use of a low wattage LED light source allows the user to determine the output and create the mood. When designing for the future, digital fabrication allows for waste minimisation. Grooves are CNC machined into the timber and laminated into the curved form utilising an adapted coopering technique. From there, hand tools are used to refine the shape. A low emission finish is applied to highlight the grain and natural beauty of the materials. The two structural elements of the Sepiida Floor Lamp are easily separated for maintenance. Once separated, each piece can be sanded and refinished to ensure longevity of the design is achievable. Reclaiming and reimagining this precious resource, a minimum intervention approach to design and manufacture the Sepiida Floor Lamp shows us that timber is timeless. Materials Reclaimed Kauri Pine Blackwood Brass

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