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Lantern

Work

Collapsable Backpacking Lantern

2016

Headlamps are an essential tool for the outdoors, compact, lightweight and versatile they are part of every outdoorsmens’ kit, however, unlike a lantern, they inhibit conversation at the campsite. I took the chance adapt the headlamp to promote conversation without the need to carry a separate lantern.

Motivation

As an avid outdoorsmen, I noticed how often my partners and I avoid eye contact during nighttime conversations while wearing a headlamp, but a portable lantern is extra weight that is unnecessary, especially on long rugged adventures. 

Concepting

I took inspiration from camping lanterns, Japanese paper lanterns and origami tessellations.

Prototyping

I started with paper to develop the shape and tabbing system, moving to mylar mock-ups once I was satisfied with form.

Final Form

Made from thin, lightweight mylar sheet, the lantern collapses to only 3/4 of an inch thick. Unfold the packing tabs, expand the lantern, insert your headlamp in the top and fold the tabs back.

The lantern is tabbed together, with no need for glue.

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