While surfing Grand Brass (the goto place for traditional lighting parts) I stumbled across a few parts that made me think I could build a lamp that looks like an old timey rocket; so I did! I was looking at their frosted glass flame shades thinking I could make something Lumière like when I saw their brass clusters looking very engine like. Combining that with the classic flame-effect neon bulbs and we were off to the space races. Continue reading
A couple years ago when I was designing some double helix light fixtures (I realize that’s another post I need to write) I stumbled across Grand Brass, the McMaster-Carr of lamp parts. Until that point I didn’t realize that traditional lamps, sconces, chandeliers, are built from standardized modular parts. The backbone of these builds is made of hollow threaded pipe available in 1/2 inch increments. It looks like they’ve expanded their FAQs to cover the whys of this particular threading, to the anatomy of a sconce, and many other tips like fishing wires with a pull chain. Continue reading
Delible Goods, 2015
This was a project I had been thinking about for a while but finally came together last summer. I really like shipping containers and graffiti so I wanted to make a reusable canvas you could doodle on.
I asked a friend to send me money for a ticket the other day via PayPal or in person. They sent it via Chase QuickPay an app that lets Chase customers send money to an email address or phone number. I was mildly annoyed but remembered that I tried to make him use PayPal which no one should be forced to use. Continue reading
The idea of threading earphones through stretched lobes has been haunting me for several years. I’m sure I would have squashed this fascination by now if I actually had pierced ears. But it continues and yesterday I found myself searching again to find a photo of someone who had done it. I came across a MacRumors:Forums post from 2005 about putting stock iPod headphones through stretched earlobes, but unfortunately the pictures were missing. A quick search of the username turned up a Flickr user of the same name. I contacted Michael Dyer, the original poster, and he happily took two new photos. Here are his comments on the mod: Continue reading