Ewan Alston

Ewan Alston

Profession: Product Designer

Project: Lamp One, Lamp Two

Based in: London

Platform Member: Other Today




“This project features two prototype floor lamps that represent alternate approaches to distributed design.

The first prototype is a proof of concept to remind us that distributed manufacturing does not have to mean digital manufacturing. It attempts to show that we can achieve an interesting, functional design with local materials, simple instructions and only the most basic of tools. The lamp combines found objects with common hardware store items, and includes PVC piping, elastic bands and a log, though these parts serve merely as examples and the design should be customised for the user’s location –– a previous version included aluminium pipe for the stand and a London brick for the counterweight.

The second prototype represents a more polished approach that takes full advantage of digital distribution, employing 3D printers for the basic components. But the key objective here is to go beyond the ability of the machines, combining printed parts with other (easily sourceable) elements that bring playful, lively interactions to the lamp. The printed parts at the neck of the lamp work with elastic bands to create a satisfying nod of the lamp’s head, while a hidden inline switch allows the lifting motion to activate the bulb. Lifting the lamp’s head turns the bulb on; bowing its head turns it off. This creates a floor lamp with personality that longs to be used.”


Lamp One


Tala Globe bulb Tala graphite pendant PVC pipe Elastic bands Wooden dowel Nails Log


Lamp Two


Tala Oblo bulb, Tala graphite pendant, Parts from inline switch, Smile Plastic PLA 3D prints, Broom handle, Elastic bands