MGarito | Design | Copper Nest Lamp
Copper Nest Lamp Project Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Copper Nest Lamp 03 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Copper Nest Lamp 04 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Copper Nest Lamp 05 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Copper Nest Lamp 06 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Copper Nest Lamp 01 Thesis Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Copper Nest Lamp 02 Thesis Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com

Copper Nest Lamp with and without ambient lighting.

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November 2010

While working on my graduate thesis project, Not a Byte in Site, I amassed a great deal of electrical and communications cable. After creating a series of sketch models models from those cables, I found that I still had a rather large collection of miscellaneous cable left over.

This lamp is the product of that left over cable, specifically the 600V grounding cable I pulled out of a data center. The cable once striped of its protective rubber coating gleams of a dozen copper wires bundled together.

After unwinding each strand of copper wire, I began reassembling the copper into this nest like configuration. The configuration is loosely based on the nest construction of the Baya Weaver Bird of Southeast Asia.

By illuminating the copper nest from within the resulting effect is a vibrantly warm light. The bottom, which is open, casts light with a slightly orange tint, where as light which escapes through the various and erratic openings left from the weaving process is of much deeper orange-red glow.

The pattern of light that escapes through the sides of the lamp is that of a randomly speckled rays of warm light. The overall atmosphere created by this lamp is ideal for quite and intimate spaces.

Copper Nest Lamp 01 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Copper Nest Lamp 02 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Copper Nest Lamp 03 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Copper Nest Lamp 04 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Copper Nest Lamp 05 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Copper Nest Lamp 06 Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com