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2017 ATDA Furniture or Joinery Winner: Conus Lighting Range

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The pared back elegance of a seashell provides inspiration for the sculptural functionality of the Conus Range. The versatile component based design allows for a variety of finishes whilst maintaining the integrity of the original concept. The Conus Range delivers engaging solutions from directed task lights to ambient mood illumination. Lighting requirements within domestic and commercial settings were considered. A range of lights with a similar aesthetic, based on a sculptural form, was developed to address specific lighting needs. The range comprises nine lights including desk lamps, a floor lamp and pendant lights. Local, responsibly sourced timber is used in manufacturing the veneers. A combination of laser cut timber and steel components are held in tension with use of traditional boat building techniques. Each light is hand-finished and assembled using custom-made jigs (based on ‘strong back’ boat building method), ensuring quality and artistic integrity.

The signature V Conus pendant light:

The signature V Conus pendant light draws on the familiar form of a seashell to engage the user. This organic piece suits a variety of furnishing styles and can be finished in a range of timbers and other materials to complement existing colour schemes. Providing a focal point within a room the V Conus creates a subtle ambience, illuminating an area without dominating. A combination of timber and metal each light in the Conus Range is hand-finished and assembled to ensure both quality and artistic integrity. Strongback, a traditional boat building technique, allows the custom-made, laser cut 2mm Tasmanian Oak plywood to maintain the form when held in tension around the powder coated mild steel components. Osmo Polyx®-Oil is used for finishing; the natural oils and waxes enhance the timber’s characteristics. Digital modeling of the design presented an intriguing possibility for placement of the ‘fins’ (vertical components). The considered angling of these components allowed for light to be released while obscuring the light source.

The LV Conus floor lamp:

The LV Conus floor lamp, an elongated form of the V Conus, was designed as a mood light. Maintaining the overall aesthetic of the range it draws on the familiar form of a seashell to engage the user. This organic piece suits a variety of furnishing styles and can be finished in a range of timbers and other materials to complement existing colour schemes. Providing a focal point within a room the LV Conus floor lamp creates a subtle ambience, illuminating an area without dominating. A combination of timber and metal each light in the Conus Range is hand-finished and assembled to ensure both quality and artistic integrity. Strongback, a traditional boat building technique, allows the custom-made, laser cut 2mm Tasmanian Oak plywood to maintain the form when held in tension around the powder coated mild steel components. Osmo Polyx®-Oil is used for finishing; the natural oils and waxes enhance the timber’s characteristics. Digital modeling of the design presented an intriguing possibility for placement of the ‘fins’ (vertical components). The considered angling of these components allowed for light to be released while obscuring the light source.

The V Demi Conus:

The V Demi Conus was developed to fill a need within the Conus range. A truncated form of the V Conus it was designed as a task light. Maintaining the overall aesthetic of the range it too draws on the familiar form of a seashell to engage the user. This organic piece suits a variety of furnishing styles and can be finished in a range of timbers and other materials to complement existing colour schemes. Providing a focal point within a room the V Demi Conus is a task light suited to a multitude of applications within the home or workplace. A combination of timber and metal each light in the Conus Range is hand-finished and assembled to ensure both quality and artistic integrity. Strongback, a traditional boat building technique, allows the custom-made, laser cut 2mm Tasmanian Oak plywood to maintain the form when held in tension around the powder coated mild steel components. Osmo Polyx®-Oil is used for finishing; the natural oils and waxes enhance the timber’s characteristics.

Architect/Designer: Geoffrey Cameron Marshall

Local, responsibly sourced timber was used in manufacturing the veneers. Tasmanian oak was usually used, but other timbers could be utlised depending on the point of manufacture. The use of veneers allows the plywood to be curved to create the distinctive shape of the Conus Range. Additionally, the use of timber veneer allows the character of the timber species to be celebrated. This allows the client to specify a timber that complements their aesthetic and décor.

The Conus Range is usually produced using quarter cut 2mm Tasmanian oak veneers. Customised versions have been manufactured using Huon pine, blackwood, hydrowood and myrtle veneers. This versatility was a considered design feature enabling clients to specify their requirements. It also supports responsible sourcing of timber as local species can be utilised. Osmo Polyx®-Oil is used for finishing; the natural oils and waxes enhance the timber’s characteristics.

Innovating the use of veneers the lights are manufactured using custom made 2mm ply created from 4 layers of 0.5mm veneer. The combination of laser cut timber and powder-coated steel components are held in tension using traditional boat building techniques. Hand-finished and assembled using custom-made jigs. LED lighting hardware fitted. The outstanding features of the Conus Range include the capacity of the versatile component based design to allow for a variety of finishes whilst maintaining the integrity of the original concept. Each organic piece suits a variety of furnishing styles and can be finished in a range of timbers and other materials to complement existing colour schemes. Additionally, the considered angling of the timber fin components allowed for light to be released while obscuring the light source; a detail which people find engaging and intriguing.

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