YOL 2015 – D2: Organic Tower Study

Posted: January 14, 2015 in YOL 2015
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D2 Front View

This weeks project is a concept model exploring an organic form of twisted and tapering ellipses. The height is 24″, and it measures roughly 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ at its base. The design is intentionally simple, utilizing a single LED strip concealed behind a valence to one edge. Total power at full brightness is 5 watts, and output is roughly 400 lumens total. The interior is covered with White Optic material to create a diffuse soft edged luminance from within. There is a simple stem dimmer control at the base circuited in series to the light strip, and a two position switch to the side providing full-on / off / dim settings. This model is powered by a wall-wart 24VDC power supply.

This was printed on a 3D printer, sanded smooth and painted matte white. In a production version casting the body in ceramic with a matte glaze would render a more finished end product. Low power LEDs don’t require much thermal management, can be circuited with on-board micro IC current control driver, creating a very simple to assemble and economic end product. Even in this plastic concept model form, the costs of the entire assembly were under $200, with the power supply.


D2 3/4 View

D2 View 2

D2 View 2

D2 Back

D2 Back

D2 Top

D2 Top

D2 Base

D2 Base


  1. POE. Purity of essence without a hint of superfluous detail. Elegance that befits the potential of the light source. I suspect we are still only beginning to see the tip of the iceberg, both your own creative flow and that of many others. The Modernists: Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, Aalto and even Dieter Rams and Jony Ive would all look at this and smile while nodding approvingly. You have my greatest praise. If we were to chat I suspect we would dissemble on about material/fabrication/manufacturing options and the form adjustments theses might force….or even inspire.

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