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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Quercus Sustainable Lamp


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Quercus was first designed three years ago by their founder, Max Ashford, whilst studying at Falmouth University. It was created for ‘Delight in Light’ – a student competition encouraging excellence in lighting design.  Intended as a showcase in designing with waste, Quercus has low embodied energy and visually communicates the idea that waste can be beautiful, that it has the potential to be a valuable commodity, that waste can be more than just… waste.  Designed with the full life-cycle in mind, Quercus is sustainably sourced, entirely recyclable and easy to disassemble into its constituent parts. As a product, it portrays the importance of encouraging design with waste, and call to action to improve on current design thinking – a step toward a sustainable circular economy.

Quercus is intended to be a functional and elegant showcase of the possibilities of design for a world in an abundance of waste.  A lamp that produces a pool of warm light from a low energy bulb. It is an immersive light to work or relax by, and compliments its environment when switched on or switched off.  Since the initial design way-back-when, Quercus has been refined; developed into a more functional lamp, whilst also extensively investigating the construction.  Quercus is designed not only as a product, but also as a system. Every component has been selected to allow the lamp to be fully disassembled and recycled, or parts replaced where necessary.  No components are permanently joined. They interact with one another to create functional details. A contrast in material tactility.

As of January 12th, this project has raised £2,500 of their £6,000 goal. This project has 20 days left to raise the £6,000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of £20, you will get a Greeb Annual digital copy.  For a pledge of £280, you will get one Quercus lamp.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/956697346/quercus-made-from-waste

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