CHAPTER IV

Lighting

OVERVIEW

Lights are one of the trickier bits of furniture to make. Besides finding a successful design or form for the whole, there is not just one, but two aspects of function to get right. First, there is the mechanical aspect: getting it to stand up, stay put, or perhaps move or swivel or adjust up and down, hold a bulb and usually a shade and accomodate a cord, have an easily reached switch, and allow an easy way to change out the bulb. Then there is the added aspect of the photonics of the thing, the quality of the light it produces. If this falls too short of perfection, if it is too dim, too bright, too much glare, then any success gained in the rest of the design is undone by that nagging sense of annoyance everytime the light goes on.

Pieces of an Indian screen, a pizza rolling pin, a Turkish copper apple picker, an old English patterned brass plate, and old chemistry-lab bits make up the East India wall lamp. It swings, folds in and out, raises and lowers.

A brass desk lamp made of vintage bits from an old dismantled physics laboratory at U.C. Berkeley.

The Serpentine Light is made from old cherry chair parts with a carved serpent holding a china paper lantern. Diameter of lantern is 24 inches.

This pair of 8-foot tall rollabout studio lights were designed to be aimed at the ceiling, thereby giving a soft diffuse light. A filter frame allows use of gels.

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### A simple, turned cherry rolling pin table lamp. One of a pair: the other is in maple. It started out on the lathe as a rolling pin. I ran into powderpost beetle holes part-way. Rather than chuck it on the woodpile for the stove, I headed in the direction you see here.

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