Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blast from the Past: Willow Table Lamp

[ One of the exciting features in our soon-to-be-rolled-out website redesign is a brand new section: The Archives.* In anticipation for the glorious rollout, we're posting fun selections from the Archives. Yippee! ]

... Aaand we're back with a svelte vision from the vault. Introduced in 2001, the Willow was designed by Adam Jackson Pollock.

Catalog description:

The Willow is an exploration in simple joinery; no glue, screws, or fasteners of any kind, except the natural forces of friction, are used in its construction. The elegantly simple frosted shade diffuser is delicately perched on a thin brass stem and brushed aluminum base. It is a great lamp for improving ambient light quality and emotional mood in any setting.

* Archived lamps are no longer in production. However, if you absolutely love something in the Archives, it's possible we may have some parts still available, or may be able to apply what you love in a new design. Just ask!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rendered Real

3-D rendering has become a real asset to Fire Farm's custom work, especially within the last year and a half. Using tools like Google SketchUp and Podium, digital renderings have helped us present designs and proposals very clearly to clients, as in our proposal for Project 2991, above.

Additionally we have found them useful not only in presenting finished designs, but in solving problems mid-design as well. A 3-D rendering of the space in which our design will be installed can alleviate production surprises and help to give a real sense of the space and environment with which we are working.

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 Take the pair of images above, for instance, of Project 2059. The left image is a pre-production 3-D rendering done by our client, and the right image is a photograph of the actual finished space. The client sent us this rendering early on in the project's conception because they were concerned with their artist's depiction of the mesh. The mesh in the illustration looked crinkled and choppy, and the client wanted the mesh to drape in a smoother fashion. We were able to allay their concerns and provide a much truer representation of the draping mesh.

At the same time, the 3-D rendering gave us great insight into the environment where our mesh piece would be installed. After the project was finished, we were struck by how closely the rendering reflected the actual atmosphere and surrounding elements -- even down to the arrangement of the furniture!

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