New student design is here!
This year OMS is continuing in its five year long tradition of collaborating with the brightest new designers from Slovakia’s Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava. This pretigious academy is one of Slovakia’s leading design institutions with a 54 year history. Its Industrial Design department, which focuses on cooperation with companies, is lead by multi-award winning industrial designer Dr Ferdinand Chrenka.
Two of Dr Chrenkas students – Marek Jurčiak and Eliška Dudová from the Czech Republic – developed luminaires in collaboration with OMS for their major projects. Once in OMS R&D, they were both set on very different paths in order that they create varied results driven by different factors. We gave Marek very detailed output and mounting parameters to work with. It was quite limiting but at the same a challenge. Eliška was briefed about the OMS technology used to bend pre-milled alumnium.
Both were fully supported by the R&D department where lighting specialist, optical designers, mechanical engineers and electrical technicians were all at hand. This full-scale cooperation gave the students the opportunity to experience how a real product would be developed. Also each student had to develop their own methods to navigate their task.
Eliška, in the early stages, made many paper mock-ups by which she found the most original solutions. Later on these were transferred to CAD. Finally we decided to proceed with two designs, one for an indirect triangular luminaire and another for a polygonal suspended fixture.
Marek focused mainly on the idea of an indirect ceiling mounted solution—one with maximum lumen output from the smallest possible light source. Another important factor was glare level which was to be as low as possible. Such contradictory factors are often the driving forces behind truly innovative ideas. Both final designs were built into state-of-the-art prototypes, and with a little optimalisation they could be used for serial production.
The final designs were exhibited at Mirbach’s Palace in Bratislava as part of the Days of Architecture and Design (DAAD) festival. We must add the both students went on to obtain their Master’s degrees successfully.
And finally, a rather different major project from another student, Branislav Lukačovič, from the Design Department at the Slovak University of Technology. A conceptual table lamp to which OMS contributed LEDs and the electronic solution. Dimming is facilitated by the simply pulling or a cord which rolls the lamp closed, and once the cord is released the lamp again opens.