I acquired an old rusty turnbuckle while designing lighting. I immediately saw the potential to insert the perfect sized light bulb in the center of the turnbuckle. Once I found the perfect bulb, i inserted a fixture in one end and wired it up and added the bulb. It’s Alive!
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What's not to like? The project couldn't be simpler, but the end result is gorgeous. It's a simple, elegant project from someone who Has a good eye for creative re-use.
1. Summarize the problem you set out to solve. What was the challenge posed to you? Did it get you excited and why?
I designed a light.
The challenge posed to me was finding the perfect size bulb to fit into the turnbuckle.
Once i found the perfect Edison bulb I got very excited to see it fit perfectly into the Turnbuckle.
2. What point of view did you bring to the challenge? Was there anything additional that you wanted to achieve with this project or bring to this project that was not part of the original brief?
The turnbuckle is used to pull tension on two cables connected to both ends.
I saw the turnbuckle as a protector for the bulb which would be inserted into the center.
This object is a direct representation of the tension we encounter in the world we live in.
3. When designing this project, whose interests did you consider? (Discuss various stakeholders, audiences, retailing, manufacturing, assembly, distribution, etc., for example.)
4. Describe the rigor that informed your design. (Research, ethnography, subject matter experts, materials exploration, technology, iteration, testing, etc., as applicable.) If this was a strictly research or strategy project, please provide more detail here.
5. What is the social value of your design? (Gladdening, educational, economic, paradigm-shifting, sustainable, labor-mindful, environmental, cultural, etc.) How does it earn its keep in the world?
I wanted to give the turnbuckle a new life.
In its previous life, it was used to tension bridge cables, and now it creates light.
6. If you could have done one thing differently with the project, what would you have changed?