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Object Autopsy

Do we know what makes up our appliances? Are we allowed to know? Encourage to take a peek at the components that make them up?

Provoking a sense of discovery and hacking this project asked us to take an everyday object, dissect it and then redesign it to improve its functionality, ease of use or improve it in some way.

I decided to take apart an Anglepoise, the iconic British lamp. I saw how the spring mechanism works to create the signature perfect balance of the Anglepoise and then looked at its smaller component parts. The pivot for the head of the lamp was broken in this case. I thought about the brand values of Anglepoise and they pride themselves on how this task lighting is designed to improve the efficiency of the user. I liked this idea of efficiency and how, often, when I am trying to be efficient I seem to become inefficient in what I am doing. What if my product could deliberately encourage inefficiency and procrastination? By taking the time to set up the lamp in the "perfect" way the user would work more effectively, or at least, they would spend a couple more minutes avoiding work.

I designed an added feature for the Anglepoise that can be attached whether it’s old or new. The rotating gears work so that the user can have control over the exact angle of the shade, which in turn may or may not help the user to be more effective in their work. Fabric elastic bands fit over the shade so that it is attached to the mechanism and the gears can be turned with a handle. There is a plastic injection-moulded clamp that the gears sit on with steel ball bearings inserted on it. The gears can be made out of various materials depending on the desires of the consumer, although black matte aluminium would be best since that is the main material of Anglepoise 75s.

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