Pagoda: A Unique Lamp Design

Bringing Sacred Symbolism to Modern Lighting

Inspired by the luminous pagodas of Buddhism, Zongming Liu and Xingchen Pan have created a lamp design that combines traditional symbolism with modern functionality. The Pagoda lamp not only illuminates the night but also represents the sacred path to enlightenment. With its unique opening and closing mechanism, this lamp stands out as a truly innovative piece of art.

The Pagoda lamp is a one-of-a-kind design that breaks away from conventional lamp designs. Its bulbs are cleverly integrated into the shape of a pagoda, creating a rare and captivating appearance. What sets this lamp apart is its lack of an external switch. Instead, the switches are seamlessly incorporated into the pagoda shape. By placing their hand on the top of the lamp and gently rotating it, users can turn the light on and off, as well as adjust its brightness. This unique design not only adds a touch of elegance to any space but also enhances the user experience.

The lamp's shell is made of teak wood, known for its stability and durability. The wood is carefully treated to ensure minimal deformation and maximum wear resistance. Additionally, wood has a slow heat conduction rate, providing a warm and cozy ambiance.

Measuring 10cm in length, 10cm in width, and 20cm in height, the Pagoda lamp is a compact and versatile lighting solution that can fit seamlessly into any interior design.

The design team, consisting of Zhihao Zhao, Xizi Wang, Li Zhao, Zixing Zhu, and Mengyu Su, collaborated with Zongming Liu and Xingchen Pan to bring this unique lamp to life. Their combined efforts resulted in a design that not only showcases innovation but also meets the functional requirements of a desk lamp.

Operating the Pagoda lamp is simple. Users connect the lamp to a power source and then place their hand on the top, rotating it clockwise to turn on the light. By continuing to rotate clockwise, the brightness increases. To lower the brightness or turn off the lamp, users can push the bulb counterclockwise. This intuitive interaction adds to the overall user-friendly experience.

The Pagoda lamp project began in September 2022 in Milan and was completed in February 2023. It was exhibited in China in the same month, showcasing its unique design and functionality to a wider audience.

This design was driven by extensive research on desk lamps and their market value. The team recognized the need for a unique and affordable lamp that goes beyond mere illumination. The Pagoda lamp not only serves its practical purpose but also doubles as a work of art.

One of the main challenges faced during the design process was the complex internal structure of the lamp. Ensuring a high machining qualification rate was crucial to achieving the desired outcome.

The Pagoda lamp is a testament to the designers' creativity and vision. With its simplified form and adjustable brightness, it adds a touch of elegance and functionality to any space. The integration of the switch into the bulb and the use of wood in the lamp's outer layer create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The Pagoda lamp design has been recognized for its excellence and innovation. It was awarded the Iron A' Design Award in the Lighting Products and Fixtures category in 2023. This prestigious award celebrates well-designed, practical, and innovative creations that meet professional and industrial requirements. The Pagoda lamp's unique blend of art and functionality contributes to a better world.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: Zhixiang Tao
Image Credits: Creator (Bruce Tao / Designer)
Project Team Members: Zhihao Zhao Xizi Wang Li Zhao Zixing Zhu Mengyu Su
Project Name: Pagoda
Project Client: Zhixiang Tao

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