How to: Build This Mesmerizing Lamp Out of Birch Strips


So I saw the movie ARRIVAL this weekend and loved it. Definitely check it out. A large part of the movie deals with language construction and trying to understand alien semantics, which got me diving down a Fibonacci sequence, which led me to looking and fractal imagery, which led me to geometrical design, which led me to these beautiful wood lamps…    

Instructables user m8pilon has designed these wooden lamps utilizing the flexion-tension principle with some astounding results. The entire lamp shade surrounding the light bulb is made of thin strips of Birchwood that are simple folded around each other and then notched together. He has specific designs created in Rhino+Grasshopper, but he also shows you the principles of his design so you can apply his principles to your own creations.

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