Jazz inspired lamp series was designed as part of the my thesis while at R.I.T.’s school for American Crafts. “Jazz as Inspiration” was the basis for my thesis work and this lamp was designed from a jazz tune performed by Benny Goodman entitled “don’t be that way”. With the help of John Beck who was the head of percussion at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. I learned how to dissect a jazz tune to isolate the musical elements so they could be applied to a piece of furniture. Once the musical parts were separated I transformed them into the basic design elements of the lamps. As you can see these lamps are very gestural and seem to have movement while they are standing still, which is a natural by product of this design process. These lamps come in four variations; Jazz Inspired Original, Jazz Inspired Lamp II, Jazz Inspired Lamp II mini and Jazz Inspired Twisted Variation. All of these variations were offshoots of the Original design that I created in graduate school. Each piece utilizes exotic veneers and inlays. In addition each lamp features a solid wenge spheres at the top of the lamp and as the finial. All of my lamps feature solid metal cluster heads with articulating sockets, 60 watt equivalent LED bulbs, a silk cord and a in line dimmer. These pieces are timeless and will last forever.
Jazz Inspired II Mini- Yellow is a smaller version of an original Jazz Inspired Lamp. This lamp and every lamp in the series is based off the principle of the musical elements of a jazz tune and transforming them into the basic design elements of the lamp. The end result is a very graceful and gestural piece that interact with the viewer in a whimsical manner. Jazz Inspired Mini features a hand textured surface that is base coated and top coated in the real milk paint companies colors. 12 x 12 x 18, led bulbs, inline dimmer, polished chrome hardware, poplar, milk paint.