Flat Pack Lamp

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Desk lamp
  • Designer
    Daniel Berman
  • School
    Art Center College of Design
  • Location
    New York, New York United States
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With all the focus people appear to be placing on “sustainability,” sometimes the simplest issues are overlooked. Beyond EVs and Paper straws, consumer-generated cargo is a MAJOR contributor to our global C02 output. Nearly 10% of all global emissions come from the transport of consumer goods, and our never-ending need for even faster shipping is a major contributor. And whereas most "environmentally-friendly" projects focus on materials and renewability, this lamp focuses on ensuring longevity and packing efficiency.

Created from the outset to pack down to less than two inches, the customer assembly requires no screws, nails, or adhesives of any kind. And by reducing the size and thickness of our packaging we can substantially diminish the environmental impact that shipping our product will have.

Achieving a final packaging-thickness of less than 2 inches took a lot of work and quite a few re-designs. But, crucially, I didn't want the final product to be in any way compromised, nor difficult to assemble. And by employing an archway-inspired self-supporting structure I was able to achieve my packaging goals while mainting my initial design intent.