This retro-futurist soft light adds a pleasing luminous glow to any room. Crafted in ultra-thin translucent porcelain, the source dims smoothly from daytime-bright to hushed night-light, making it fitting for the living room, study, or bedroom. At 9" to the top of his head-loop, "Marvin" is an elegant compliment to high-style spaces and recalls a playful hint of the space-age.
PROCESS AND MATERIALS
Molds of the initial prototype will be constructed by hand. Each piece will be slip-cast in durable porcelain. The casting will be carefully timed to maintain a semi-translucent ultra-thin wall, then fired until vitrified with a matte finish.
'Marvin' began. literally, as a tiny keychain-sized test model passed around within the 3D printing community – but virtually unknown outside of it. I make my living as a professional filmmaker (Migrations, Telling Amy's Story), but I've been a part-time product design enthusiast for some time. I've worked with mini-Marvins as a way to dial-in my 3D printing skills. He's quickly become more than a tool for me though. I love his retro-futuristic space-age design. I love his mouthless smirk. I wanted him to be a centerpiece in my living room. But how?
So, what if Marvin's story was much bigger? Could a specially-designed version be produced 1000x larger by volume and only a few mm thick? Could he be made from a high-end material like Porcelain instead of cheap plastic? Might the juxtaposition of high-style against his air of mischief make instant admirers out of everyone who sees him? Could I create a modern soft-light that would transform trinket to focal point?
This soft-light is the culmination of much imagining, design development, and testing. From shell material & thickness considerations to achieve the right level of light transmission to practical support & de-molding; from the choice of LEDs and dimming circuitry to emitter placement and light projection design to offer a pleasing omni-directional light quality. This project has been a challenge, but ultimately highly rewarding.
The success of the final design is its apparent simplicity.
What began as a personal project has grown just a little bigger. Requests from friends, and friends of friends have convinced me to take this into limited production as an individually hand-cast and finished piece. To do this I need to work with two other folks – a small collective of talented ceramics artists and experts. To get the team on-board and the production process in place for the right scale, I need to get an early-interest list together.
That is where you come in.
By signing up now you are simply expressing your interest – joining the team without making any financial commitment. I'll keep you updated along the way, and ask for your input when needed.
Your show of interest will enable me to move forward and make the required investments. As thanks, you will have the chance to get one of the very first pieces. Of course, you have no obligation to buy by signing up now.
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