Laser Cut Cardboard Lamps, Decor Accessories and Sculpture

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Dan Landrum
Design
San Diego, California
United States
1 Team Member

A huge Thank You to all my contributors. It's been great feeling the love from family & friends, as well as the new interest in my work. Your support is very much appreciated. For the continued development of my laser cut cardboard products, keep an eye on my website: Apple Eye Design

Hi, I’m Dan Landrum. Over the past year I’ve been developing a line of laser cut cardboard products that I call “The Rounded Flute Collection.” I’ve had a wonderful reception from people like you who are interested in eco-friendly, smart design. Now I need to take my business to the next level and buy my own laser-cutting machine. To help me reach my goal, I’m offering my Indiegogo backers a number of unique products as perks.

The Designs

Relative sizes of some of the perks.

No other common material has the textural qualities of cut corrugated cardboard, and there is no other tool that can cut corrugated cardboard as cleanly and precisely as a laser-cutting machine. Using non-toxic white glue to hold this sustainable material together, these modern and elegant designs are functional works of art. Blending high-tech with hand-made, I design, fabricate and assemble every piece myself.

The Perks

The following photos show each level of backing and the perks. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions.


Becoming a Maker

I began developing "The Rounded Flute Collection" at MakerPlace, a dream workshop for DIYers with every tool a craftsman could want. When I saw someone using the laser to cut out cardboard templates, I was fascinated by the texture and pattern of the crisp edges of the cut rounded flutes. I immediately wanted to explore the possibilities of layering the cardboard to see what effects I could get. I discovered that thinly cut in one direction, the assembled cardboard appeared virtually transparent, and yet in another view it looked like finely tooled wood.

Doing some research, I saw that architect Frank Gehry made lamps and furniture out of cardboard in the early 1970’s, proving the structural strength and durability of cardboard. However, back then he was limited to die cutting. Smart digital design and the laser cutting machine allow me the versatility and flexibility to create new designs in small, adjustable batches.

I started by making pendant lamps. When a couple of my early prototypes failed, I realized that the shapes would make stunning containers. Modernizing classic styles, I then developed a new line of baskets and vases. They were a huge hit! More recently, out of the décor accessory designs has come the exploration of using cardboard as a medium for sculpture. A year into the journey of transforming common cardboard into elegant forms, I feel like I’ve only just begun. The possibilities are endless, and I have more ideas than I can create in one lifetime. To keep up with the muse and develop these ideas, I need full-time access to a laser cutter, which is why I want to buy my own machine. Your support in this effort is greatly appreciated!

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MAKE magazine recently published an article called, "My Quest to Turn Smart Craft into a Sustainable Business." They asked me to tell my story about making laser cut cardboard products over the past year.

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  • $1USD
    THANK YOU!

    Any amount you wish to contribute is deeply appreciated. Along with my heart-felt thanks, please know that your support helps me further a lifetime passion for making innovative and beautiful products.

    1 claimed
  • $20USD
    KEEP IN TOUCH

    With your contribution of $20 or more you'll receive my periodic email newsletter, which will keep you informed on my latest developments and new product launches. You'll also be given exclusive specials on select items.

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  • $35USD
    DECOR VASE 1303

    This piece can make a sweet little potpourri container when filled with aromatic herbs. Laser cut and hand assembled. 7.5"w, 4"d and 5.5"h, with a durable foot made of painted medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

    12 out of 50 claimed
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  • $50USD
    DECOR VASE 1313

    This heart-shaped beauty has a striking open lattice transparency and is 11”w x 6.5”d x 10”h. Made of laser-cut corrugated cardboard and hand assembled with a durable foot made of painted medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

    4 out of 40 claimed
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  • $60USD
    DECOR BASKET 1121

    A handsome oval basket that is both stylish and voluminous at 16”w x 11”d x 6.5”h. Made of corrugated cardboard and assembled by hand with a durable, medium density fiberboard foot. [Shipping within the USA only]

    0 out of 45 claimed
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  • $70USD
    DECOR VASE 223

    This elegant decor design plays on modernist sensibilities. It is 17”w x 5.5”d x 9”h and made of eco-friendly corrugated cardboard, hand assembled, with a durable foot made of painted medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

    1 out of 20 claimed
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  • $110USD
    PENDANT LAMP: BARREL 501

    Drawing on the shape of a whiskey barrel, this pendant combines new modern with traditional lamp design. The rounded flutes of the cardboard provide a soft, ambient light. Hand-assembled, it comes with your choice of a 15-foot ceiling cord or hardwired cord set and ceiling canopy in either black or white. Also included is an 11-watt energy-saving light bulb. Measuring 7”w x 11”h with a spider made of clear-coated medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

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  • $130USD
    DECOR VASE 1370

    The design of this vase, called “The Clam,” borrows from the radiating, fluted patterns of marine scallops, which makes for extra rich texturing in the cross-cut cardboard. 7.5" wide, 4" deep and 5.5" high, hand assembled with a durable foot made of painted medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

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  • $150USD
    DECOR VASE 1304

    At 17" wide, 5" deep and 16" high, this regal-looking vase will make a bold statement anywhere you put it! Patiently assembled by hand with the usual durable foot made of medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

    1 out of 10 claimed
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  • $180USD
    PENDANT LAMP: LIFESAVER 223

    This recent design adds an elegant, asymmetrical refinement to my Lifesaver series. Warm and inviting when hung alone, it has a dramatic presence when in a cluster. This lamp comes with your choice of a 15-foot ceiling cord or hardwired cord set and ceiling canopy in either black or white and an 11-watt energy-saving light bulb. Measures 8.5”w x 17”h with a spider made of clear-coated medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

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  • $185USD
    TURBINE 527 - UNASSEMBLED

    For all you DIYers, this gorgeous lamp comes with instructions and is easy to put together. All you'll need is a small brush and some non-toxic white glue. Your choice of a 15-foot ceiling cord or hardwired cord set and ceiling canopy in either black or white and an 11-watt energy-saving light bulb. When assembled it will be 25”w x 10”h, with a spider made of clear-coated medium density fiberboard. Includes a diffuser made of 14 mil Mylar polyester sheet. [Shipping within the USA only]

    1 out of 30 claimed
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  • $250USD
    TURBINE 527 - ASSEMBLED

    This pendant lamp pays homage to the iconic designs of George Nelson. It comes completely assembled. The diffuser, made of Mylar polyester sheet, adds a warm glow to the cardboard blades. It measures 25”w x 10”h and comes with your choice of a 15-foot ceiling cord or hardwired cord set and ceiling canopy in either black or white. An 11-watt energy-saving light bulb is also included. The spider is made of clear-coated medium density fiberboard. [Shipping within the USA only]

    1 out of 15 claimed
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  • $975USD
    ZIG ZAG TOTEM SCULPTURE

    Each stunning angle of the Zig Zag totem sculpture presents either a transparent or multi-layered face that dramatically changes with the light. This is my seminal piece of art made from laser-cut corrugated cardboard and lovingly assembled by hand. [Shipping within the USA only]

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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