modular lighting cardboard installation

product design

How to use a simple material - cardboard to create an installation that creates a specific light atmosphere?

How to make maximum use of the material?

This project was created as a product of a workshop that dealt with the correlation of cardboard structures and light where I explored cardboard, as a wide-spectrum raw material, a number of practical applications of this specific material, and the ways in which light behaves in different relationships with cardboard.

Through the analysis of known examples, examination of possibilities and potential, and transformation and overcoming of shortcomings in the material itself, new values and direction were interpreted within simple, functional lighting models.
scala cardboard installation in the exhibition space

close up of scala cardboard
installation in the exhibition space

This is how the scala modular wall installation was created. It has parts that can be put together depending on the intuition of the one who sets it up by "gradually" passing light through the material creating a pleasant atmosphere.

The product characteristics

The connecting parts are designed so that when assembling the installation, it is not necessary to use glue or any additional tools, but the slots fit into each other in a simple and intuitive way.

the connections system

In order to make maximum use of the material, the template for cutting square cardboard with a laser is designed so that the waste part is only the minimal one, intended for the connecting slots.

scheme for laser cutting

Showcasing the project

In March of 2021, in the School of Design Gallery in Zagreb at Frankopanska 12 there was an exhibition showcasing the work made in the workshop. The exhibition provided a platform for me to showcase my work and share my vision for creating affordable and sustainable lighting solutions.

I also had the opportunity to participate as an assistant in designing the scenography of the exhibition itself.

the exhibition space

6th semester of Bachelor Studies
Faculty of Architecture, School of Design
The University of Zagreb

mentors: Dujam Ivanišević and Nika Pavlinek