The form of the Alouette is based on the unique design of Canada’s Alouette satellite, launched into space almost fifty years ago on September 29, 1962. With it, Canada became only the third nation into space. It symbolized the country’s entry into the digital age that was only just dawning. Canadians were no longer simply “hewers of wood and drawers of water”. While it is still in orbit to this day, it has been shut down long ago. In this context, the original shape and proportions are preserved while the satellite itself is re-imagined and repurposed.
The structure of the Alouette lamp makes a striking visual statement. Its structure and assembly is expressed boldly and honestly. The open/closed nature of the outer shell creates a spectacular lighting effect, producing beautiful light with a spectacular shadow pattern. The history and meaning of the Alouette satellite itself gives the lamp meaning and context.
The outer “shell” is made up of twelve ¼” laser-cut birch ply stringers and thirty 1/8” laser-cut birch ply panels. The shell is suspended by a cord and lamp socket that can carry and standard based lamp element. We recommend the Ikea SPARSAM E26 low-energy globe bulb.
The entire shell assembly is held in place with a system of laser-cut tabs and holes. Assembly is simple and takes about 10 minutes. The only fasteners are two 5 inch diameter o-rings top and bottom. It’s shipped knocked down and flat in a box measuring 25 x 16 x 5 in.
Material: Birch plywood
Dimensions: D31″ x H24″
Weight: 8.5 lbs