Custom Luminaire

Hello friends!

I just wanted to share with you a luminaire that I had made for my lighting design and theory class.

My partner and I each had to create a custom luminaire based on a movie. We chose to do it on the movie “Midnight In Paris.”

My bestfriend, Erika, had really helped me a lot with my concept. We were talking about why the main character, Gil, loves the 1920’s so much. That art and music is not as original as it was before. Everything is either copied or modified. So I decided to do a play on that idea where I took a typical fixture from the past and took the elements and arrange it to be a new “modern” fixture as well as having the materials that I use to represent time traveling, which is a big theme in the movie.

so I took this chandelier and visually broke it apart in my head. I wanted to keep the hoops in my final fixture, then I wanted to represent the crystals with some sort of pliable metal or aluminum. The design on the right is what I had come up with in class. I didn’t want the table lamp to be that tall so I made it shorter.

Here was the final product! I’m very happy with it. The lamp (bulb) is meant to be exposed. I had intended for the fixture to be a sculpture/decorative piece around the house, which is why I didn’t put a type of diffuser near the bottom to cover the light (even though my teacher said I should have done that… oh well).  I had used a vintage style incandescent lamp (which is bad! you all should use CFL or LED lamps by the way…) because I wanted to have that vintage/1920’s feel to the fixture.

Hope you liked it!

(chandelier source)



A couple of weeks ago, I had went to the Pacific Design Center with my friend Carlos to attend Westweek which is just a gathering for a lot of designers so that they can check out new trends in the industry by visiting the showrooms, listen to talks and demonstrations given out by famous designers, and pretty much just mingle with other designers (and students like me!)

I didn’t get to take too many pictures because I was too busy looking at the showrooms and chatting up with people.

So here’s the breakdown of the picture set.

1. The atrium of the PDC. They have a lot of fabric showrooms at this level and Carlos and I went crazy. Before going here, we had stopped by Schumacher and they gave us some goodies and fabric samples to choose from a big box!

2. We went to the David Sutherland showroom for out last stop and they had these gorgeous light fixtures. I could imagine this particular luminaire at a high-end/up-town boardroom.

3. Another luminaire from David Sutherland.

4. And another one… I thought this was really cute though, which is why I took a close-up.

5. I have an attachment to this particular side table. I had used this EXACT side table for a project a year or so ago and I didn’t realize that the manufacturer was David Sutherland. So I was pretty happy when I saw it at the showroom. Also, the credenza in the back (you can’t really see it much) was really cool.

6. We ate at Pizza Rustica after which was just around the corner from the PDC.

7. My lovely friend, Carlos.

8. We then went to the West Hollywood Library across from the PDC. It was really nice. If you guys ever get a chance to go, you should definitely check it out. They have this really nice tree installation along the stairs going up. We didn’t notice it at first because it was so high, then Carlos had glanced up and we just started taking pictures.

9. Even the ceiling on the second floor was really cool.

10. It was a very nice library. We wanted to stay and read some books but the library was going to close soon.


That’s about it! I just wanted to share that with you guys :)