Hikaru Luminaire

Hikaru Luminaire

University of Colorado   |   Digital Fabrication   |   Spring 2015

Hikaru (ひかる, ヒカル) is a Japanese verb meaning "to shine" (光る). Inspired by the clean linear elements often present in modern Japanese design, Hikaru boasts simplicity and elegance in one form. Long, 14 inch, vertical sections of birch plywood were stained and positioned around a 6” long LED bulb to complete this hanging light fixture. Many linear shadows are cast, blending together throughout the space in which it occupies. There is a subtle wave that wraps around the form to establish visual complexity. Multiple fabrication methods were utilized in the design process. For this luminaire, I used the software program Rhino and the Grasshopper plug-in, as well as a laser cutter to facilitate the process.