Si-Huis Crane Lamp
Studio quality diffused domestic lighting
Crane Lamps. Carbon fiber, rubber and polyester film
Crane Lamps, photographed solely by the light of other Si-Huis Crane
Lamps. Made of carbon fiber,
fiberglass, polyester membrane, and rubber. Designed for the
Philips Hue bulb,
with unlimited color combinations, controllable by iPhone, iPod or
iPad. Lamp design and build by Michael Simon Toon, co-produced with
Burton Landhuis and Vera Van Pelt. The same lamp can be
used as an
illuminated full color exhibition
display up to 36" x 36".
Buckminster Fuller once asked Norman Foster, “How much does
your building weigh, Mr. Foster?” which Foster could not answer.
In 2011, we started making lamps with diffuser lampshades based on a
engineering philosophy, a Buckminster Fuller method.
However, if Buckminster Fuller's
question were to be asked of the lamps we had made, our own
answer would have been, “Quite heavy.” This question
would determine the direction of our new lamps. Not only do they weigh
less than their predecessors
but they perform equally well, or better. The
diffusers are still ‘tensegrity’ structures, but they are very light,
with fewer parts, they are even stronger and more impact resistant.
our lamp next to any existing floor lamp and give it the ‘Pepsi
challenge’ for stability: Hit it. Kick it. Push it. Although
eventually you’ll knock it over, the extreme flexibility in
the rods allows it to bend like a reed in the wind. The counterweight
should be just above
the ground (on the lamps with long booms), which is where they are
safest and most secure. As well as counter balancing the lamphead, the
counterweight acts as an ‘inertia-air-anchor’ if
the lamp receives a physical blow. The lamps will dance in
response to impact (mainly the ‘twist’ or sometimes the
shuffle’); they may even jump, and then they will eventually
their original position and stay there. If the stand was any more
rigid, it could be pushed over
gently with one finger. Instead, it acts more as if it’s made
of jelly, or as if it’s being tickled. For lamps that are to
be installed in gusty or hazardous conditions, matching sandbags can be
easily placed over the stabilizers (rods at the base of the stand). The electric
power cable fits snugly onto the boom and stand, with
our very own special cable clips.
used a combination of carbon fiber and fiberglass to
achieve the perfect combination of strength and flexibility. We
experimented with high-tech plastics, metals and even wood. No other
performed as well under load, using the same dimensions. Carbon fiber
fiberglass return perfectly to their original shape after flexing,
whereas most materials do not. The stand and
boom bear their load while not being much thicker than the lamp's cable.
patents have been filed for the diffuser, tripod and boom system. The
lamps will be available through online resellers in 2014.