spatial work


Origami Light

“Origami Light” is a foldable flashlight.
Using density of transparent papers, the light will show you spectrum and gradient of lights.

type: individual
date: Nov 04 19

I. Concept Prototyping
Before creating a flashlight, what first came to my mind was to create a light that has layers to it.
After deciding that layer should be somewhat related to colors, I thought of ways to convey that idea into geometry.
Also for this week, I decided to work with material that has no thinkness, like paper.
That led me to think about ways in which I can manipulate shapes with hand.
These are the quick paper prototypes of foldable cylinders. 
While working on these origamis, I learned that the proportions of the geometry should be kept within boundaries to make it into 3D models.
(Some didn’t come into a closed - end mesh when changed in ratio.)

II. Planar drawing and working with size
After studying the origami, I found two ways of manipulating the object:
The left one by vertical push/ pull, the right one by horizontal rotation clockwise/ counterclock wise.
The left will get density on the bottom, whereas the right one will have density in the middle, when distorted.
With two types of manipulation, the layer can be revealed in different ways.

horizontal fold

vertical fold

after folding. 
The material is actually paper folder cover, so it has a good amount of firmness to it.

III. Layers

IV. Trouble Shooting
So one of the mistakes I made was the lightbulb.
I was trying to use a 120V AC light bulb (which we are actually not supposed to use on the floor) , using a housing kit.
After failing to find enough voltage supply, I decided to use a single bulb with a small battery attatched.

© ymchoi 2019