MacGyver Tries a Reading Lamp

I’m sure you remember the ipod speakers made out of twine and bubblegum, right? Well here, also, lives on the spirit of the greatest Industrial Designer of an age: The MacGyver. Yes, the man that can conjure anything in a strangely simple way. Here, designer Donell Hutson continues the legend by attaching a square mirror to a 5 LED light array.

And that’s it!

Light shines up at mirror, mirror deflects light to your paper. Your paper is totally happy by this, and you can thank the Industrial Design Gods for this simple gift.

In Donell Hutson’s prototype, listed is: LED’s, Small Clamp Light, Metal Sheeting (Aluminum), Tin Foil, Mild Diffuser Material*, and Metal Wire. Has anyone in the peanut gallery made something like this with less?

*I thought this said MIND DIFFUSER at first.
I recommend this for the second iteration.

Designer: Donell Hutson

28 Comments

  • Ocell says:

    That’s really fun! The photography of the prototype is extremely well done.

  • Eric says:

    This is something that should be on Instructables.com!

  • Luke says:

    Well, there’s always a MagLite on clamp stand. Three parts: MagLite, stand, test tube clamp.

    Granted, it’s the difference between baking a cake from scratch and using Betty Crocker cake mix.

  • Pzon says:

    The appearance of it is beautiful! Love to have one…

  • zippyflounder says:

    great to see a builder as well as a designer, we are a rare breed.

    • uli says:

      Hey Zippy. Is your site done? This is a pretty neat idea. Do you have more like it?

      • zippyflounder says:

        sites done but its just a blog for now, i need to ftp up the remnants of my portfolio.

  • Ivan says:

    I did something similar, 2 years ago, for a school project. Have a look: http://img02.picoodle.com/img/img02/3/2/18/obelix/f_Lampa2copym_957f092.png
    But I didn’t place real mirror there, I painted it in aluminium gray, so it shines some diffused light.. Anyway, idea is nice, but shape sucks (no offense). Try something cooler for the shape. And the light intensity is poor too.

  • Henrique Staino says:

    Nice! There could be some kind of filter between the lamp and the mirror, to make it more soft. Another idea is to make the mirror replaceable for other surfaces, so you can control the intensity of the reflexes..

    But real nice!

  • adrian783 says:

    what i want to know is how its turned on. would be cool if it’s capacitance, and one would touch the sheet metal to turn on the lamp, which would add more value to the design if – god forbid – it were to be sold at a “designer” price.

  • Sandeep Dinesh says:

    Maybe this is a stupid question, but why put the LEDs in the base, why not directly over the mirror? Less wasted light, simpler design, etc.

    But, that lamp looks badass

    • Henrique Staino says:

      I think it would lose its “appeal”. The mirror thingy is exactly what makes this special.

  • ko says:

    I saw this at the Pratt Kovacs Competition!! haha
    how did you submit your work to this website?

  • Carl says:

    cheap and pointless. looks like the result of a 6th form project. No finesse or attention to detail. i.e. round base with a rectangular mirror. does it work well and does it look good? err NO and NO..!

  • skell2 says:

    Lighting design should consider glare also. The white internal wall on the base may produce an uncomfortable glare for the user.

  • John Leung says:

    You did not know of a revolution lamp from our factory. it is really amazing.
    With 3 LED, a mirror,weight only 170g,Size: 15.8×17.6×1.5 cm .
    economic gift or as practical daily necessity.
    Need picture?
    Contact kmtled(at)gmail.com
    I am the supplier ( manufacturer). wholesale and resale

  • John Leung says:

    You did not know of a revolution lamp from our factory. it is really amazing.
    With 3 LED, a mirror,weight only 170g,Size: 15.8×17.6×1.5 cm .
    economic gift or as practical daily necessity.
    Need picture?
    Contact kmtled(at)gmail.com
    I am the supplier ( manufacturer). wholesale and resale

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