Dee McMahon at Designersblock London 2009

September 8, 2009

//Geo-y light shade

Dee McMahon is a young designer exhibiting as part of ‘Ready to Ship’, a group of graduates from Edinburgh College of Art.

After studying furniture and product design for three years in ECA, Dee decided to incorporate the knowledge she learned from studying how furniture fit together with the knowledge of how technological developments helped to shape materials in product design.


The Geo-y (pronounced Joy)shade is made up of several 3mm thick needle felt templates cut out using knife cut technology. The position and shape of every template follows a geometric pattern that composes a geodesic dome shape. Water-jet technology was then used to cut out multiples of two small individual Perspex pieces. These were designed to twist and then connect together to secure each felt template of the shade in its global shape.


Joints used in traditional furniture design, such a dado, mortise and tenon, biscuit joints etc inspired how the shapes of these Perspex pieces were developed to fit together. In the Geo-y light shade the light glows through the cuts in each of the felt templates, and from the interconnecting perspex pieces. The perspex material reacts to the light coming from the bulb behind it. They become light tunnels, giving the impression that light is actually embedded within the perspex instead of coming from its original source.


The lightshade is also inspired by existing objects made from felt and perspex independently. Geo-y’s presidence has been of inherent instructive value to the development of the end product. In the future Dee wants to explore the expressive potential of the new tools we have at our aid in design. Empowering design through the use of our previous material experiences and combining them with relevant developments in how we design for the future.

Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.

24 – 27 Sep 2009

Opening times:
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00

Register on the Designersblock website.