Sophie Schramm '22 Explores Form, Function and Light

For her independent study on Form, Function and Light, MBS junior Sophie Schramm ’22 used digital fabrication and design to produce a formal product — a well-thought-out light fixture.

On Thursday, June 3, Sophie presented her work to a panel of students and faculty in the Center for Innovation & Design. She traced the steps in her creative process, from research and early prototypes to a final product.

To create a visually appealing and functional light fixture, Sophie engaged in a cohesive study of lighting, materials and forms. She explored the pros and cons of projected and diffused light, clear and frosted glass, and different shapes and materials for the shade and base.  

Sophie, who worked on the independent study with faculty member Matt Martino, discussed the design challenges she encountered along the way and also spoke about ways she would modify and improve the light fixture if she had more time.

“My ultimate goal was to make it a stand-alone piece of art, whether the light is on or off,” she said.


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