Flatpack Lamp Inspired By The Space Age

alouette lamp© Miles Keller

They used to make more than heavy oil in Canada; In 1963, Canada became the third country to build a satellite and launch it into space with the Alouette 1.

toasting the alouetteieee.ca/Public Domain
It was built at the historic De Havilland Aircraft Factory in Toronto, which became home of the Canadian Air and Space Museum, and now under threat of demolition for a hockey rink. But while the Philistines who run Downsview Park have no sense of history, designer Miles Keller does. He has designed the Alouette lamp in homage to it, and tells Harry at Mocoloco:

With it, Canada became the 3rd nation into space, symbolizing 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'

alouette lamp close© Miles Keller

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 preĀ­served while the satellite itself is re-imagined and repurposed.

alouette lamp parts© Miles Keller

Unlike the original satellite that took years to build, you can assemble the flatpack Alouette in about ten minutes. It is all laser cut, and held together very cleverly by two o-rings. More photos and conversation with Miles at Mocoloco. Available at Ideacious.

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Flatpack Lamp Inspired By The Space Age
Canadian designer Miles Keller reminisces about the Alouette, a satellite launched in 1962

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