New Work: The Pin Lamp

The pin lamp was developed to be an elegant, versatile lighting solution. Scale and proportions of the design are influenced by the two micro fluorescent fixtures within. The lamp emits a soft glow through a semi-opaque CNC cut corrugated plastic shade. The Plastic is scored by the machine to create a striped pattern, the shape of the pattern references the profile of the lamp's end pieces. Wooden ends of the lamp are birds eye maple, and they use a milkpaint finish to highlight their concentric stripe pattern.

Pin lamp in black and white

Pin lamp in black and white

The name "Pin" is derived from the lamp's  engineering. The two fluorescent fixtures are mounted onto a central wooden beam that pierces both ends of the lamp. To hold everything in place, two wooden pins wedge into mortises that have been cut into this central beam creating a "pin" of sorts. Similar wedge joinery has been used for centuries in furniture construction. It is used in the Pin lamp to create a simple construction, and also to create a distinctive detail.

detail of wooden "pin"

detail of wooden "pin"

A challenge was to create a lamp design that could be easily shipped, and be easily assembled by the owner. The first set of Pin lamps have been created in a limited series of five. The Lamps come in two variations; white and black. One lamp in each color will be featured in my 2014 BFA thesis exhibition.

Fresh Imagrey: Light Panels

The 60 and 40 inch tall panels compliment each other in scale and in color. They are constructed out of Ash and painted Plywood. The pocketed pattern has been carefully computer drawn and then CNC cut to produce an interesting lighting effect. The panels have steel hardware that allows them to be broken down and re-assembled. They can be used as conceptual lighting, room dividers, head board and foot board, etc. Each panel uses a 48" compact fluorescent fixture.


For more information contact: rmorton@meca.edu

New Work: Bike Stand

Although this piece was finished in 2012, I am excited to share it for the first time through documentation.

In the cycling industry, the majority of bicycle stands favor function over form. The bicycles they cradle, in contrast, are beautiful and uniquely detailed objects of design.

Bike stand in use

Bike stand in use

Using native White Oak and Ash, this custom bike stand serves as a pedestal for a bicycle. A place not just to hang up a bicycle, but a place to display it as an object for appreciation.

The design of the stand was inspired by dock cranes and the geometric forms of the bicycle frame. Waxed marine twine joins the decorative bent ash forms to the main structure of the stand.

Contact rmorton@meca.edu for additional information.

New Work: Knox Table

The Knox Table is the result of a continued experiment in flat pack furniture design. This 48 inch dining table is constructed out of two main components; The tabletop, and the legs. The tabletop is a hollow lamination of maple plywood and a poplar grid fame. This lamination allows for a lightweight structure that is close in rigidity to a solid form. The Legs are constructed out of a 10mm corrugated Plastic. By carefully interlocking the plastic pieces, the legs become a durable support for the tabletop.

The main feature of the Knox table is it's efficient flat pack design. To assemble the table, one must first slide the four leg arches together. Once connected these pieces (the ones that pop through the tabletop) will stand freely. Secondly, the user drops the tabletop onto the leg arches popping the center joint through the cutout. Then, the tabletop gets turned ninety degrees, locking the center joint into place (seen below) . Then, the leg facades slide up into the ends of the leg arches and pierce the bottom veneer of the tabletop.  This locks the tabletop in its ninety degree turned position. Lastly the leg facades get pinned into place with small pieces of plastic inserted in-between the tabletop veneers. This system, once assembled, creates a table that can function as a conventional piece of furniture with no worries of loosening or weakening.

The table weighs approximately ten pounds but can easily support the weight of a person. The design seats four, and was inspired by mid-century furniture silhouettes. The plastic used features a custom star triangle pattern that is CNC cut onto the sheet before the individual pieces are cut out.

The final prototype has a few small structural and craft issues, but I plan to refine my design into a later, more polished piece.

For the next few weeks I will be designing and producing work for the 2013 MECA holiday sale. I will have several new pieces to fit a variety of price ranges, and several pieces already featured here will be for sale. More information on the specifics of those pieces and the sale to come shortly!

New Work: Pinch Table

The Pinch table began as an experiment in joinery, production and collaboration. I had wanted to create a piece of furniture that was able to pack flat and able to be assembled without hardware. I also wanted to create an design collaboration with my girlfriend Ella (who is an amazing artist herself).

What resulted was a 48 inch long hall table made of white oak and painted plywood. The table made up of three major parts. The table top: made of rift sawn white oak that was CNC cut to shape. The Legs: hand painted birch plywood with a screen printed pattern that was also CNC cut. And the trestle beams: made of solid white oak.

To assemble, the legs are inserted through the joinery in the tabletop. The legs then turn 90 degrees to their final position, wedging the tabletop in between their cutouts. Finally, the two trestle beams drop down and lock the legs in place. This construction results in a rigid structure that can be moved about the same as any other household furniture. When ready to disassemble, simply pop up the trestle beams, slide them out, and remove the legs with a 90 degree twist.

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As I refined my design here in Maine, I sent progress documentation to Ella who is currently studying in Florence. She continued to refine her pattern design and she sent the final proof to me for printing. The project connected us, and although we are thousands of miles apart, the final piece is remarkably cohesive. Our individual aesthetics complement each other. It was truly exciting to print her design onto my work. Hopefully we can continue to collaborate in ways similar to this in the future. 

The table is attractively elegant, lightweight in design, economic in production, and easy to ship!

A combination of several differently designed legs can allow for a customization of visual texture. Also, being modular, the same legs can be used for a variety of table top designs.

I am very excited about the final product and I am already progressing this design with a more complex piece. Contact Rangeley Morton at rmorton@meca.edu for more information about the Pinch table, or esevy@meca.edu for more information about her print.