Moore College of Art: A Study of Light 2011

‘A Study of Light’ is a luminaire design project for the interior design students at Moore College of Art.

The students are tasked with exploring light through the manipulation of paper to capture and/or produce light that varies in color, intensity, and/or texture.  The students were also asked to greatly consider that construction of their luminaries by limiting the use of glue.  This allowed them to discover various innovative ways to build their luminaries.

Bulb by Michelle Reese
A ‘glowing sphere’ was constructed with simple strips of paper. The ‘Bulb’ allows light to filter through the slits between each strip of paper, permitting beams of light to escape.  The seemingly weightless sphere appears to float, but is grounded by a rock base.

  • Paper, metal dowel, rock
  • 25w clear incandescent globe lamp

Coxeter Stellation by Katharine Marris
This hanging luminaire produces vivid and stimulating configurations of triangular light.  The creation of angular and crisp light patterns is achieved through the studies of platonic solids and geometric extractions.

  • 32 pieces of angled paper, intricate folds, glue
  • 45W Halogen PAR Lamp

GeoKube by Sasha Esqullin
The concept for the ‘GeoKube’ was to create a cool contemporary feeling; playing with how light creates shapes of light and shadow through geometric patterns.

  • Paper, intricate folds
  • 25w clear incandescent globe lamp

Tree by Alexis ‘Peaches’ Piechnik
The ‘Tree’ is directly inspired by a forest where the light beams down from the tree canopies creating  a sense of visual movement that is captured in this luminaire.  Through intricately placed slits in the three cylindrical forms, the ‘Tree’ produces a variety of light intensities that move around the fixture creating a soft but stimulating illumination.

  • Textured paper, glue
  • (3) 13w spiral compact fluorescent

For more photographs of each of these luminaires please visit our facebook page:

By Kimberly King, former Project Manager with The Lighting Practice 

A related article in Mondo Arc December/ January issue, Design File, Paula Arntzen, ‘Translating light through intricate paper structures’


Bulb by Michelle Reese


Coxeter Stellation by Katharine Marris


GeoKube by Sasha Esqullin


Tree by Alexis ‘Peaches’ Piechnik