Designer MadebyDan from Wellington, New Zealand has uploaded and is sharing free plans for anyone and everyone to make their own DIY box lamp. There's a catch though; unless you have access to your own laser cutter, you'll have to order the hardboard and acrylic pieces, but you have the option to customize the design with any of your own graphics via Ponoko...
Don't know what Ponoko is all about, you say? It's a bridge between the DIY set and the professional designer, offering online visitors to shop for designer crafted goods, request a designer to make something using predesigned plans (as is the case of this light) or request for a custom design of your making.
As reported over at Apartment Therapy New York:
Or if you have your own great idea, you can use the new Ponoko Photomake tool. You draw something with pencil and paper and upload it to Ponoko, and they will turn it into a "real life product." And there's much more than lighting. If it can be just about anything, including larger pieces like home furnishings.
Not only do we love this idea, but there's also the eco-benefits that come with on-demand production:
We cut the waste from oversupply by making products on-demand. We also cut carbon emissions by sourcing local materials and making products as close to the point of consumption as possible. We're just starting but this minimizes reliance on the traditional supply chain associated with the transportation and storage of the products we typically buy today.
Download and customize your Box Lamp design at MadebyDan's Ponoko page.