The two prominent materials in the Portal lamp are sheet copper and blackwood.
The juxtaposition of these two materials is integral to the design because the beauty of the pairing is in their differences.
The copper sheet gives the design a modern finish while its reflective qualities allow the light from the lamp to be projected onto its surroundings.
The blackwood timber has a strong grain and natural shine which are further accentuated when varnished. The classic timber texture is a perfect contrast to the clean finish of the copper.
The design of the Portal Lamp is simple and sleek. The repetition of circles is characteristic to the design as it provides symmetry and also allows the structure to be viewed from any angle.
The positioning of the lamp is able to change the overall look and feel of the structure. In the upright position the lamp looks very sleek and structured, but its strength and ability to be manipulated allows it to have a more organic feel .
The Portal lamp was designed to be both a sculpture and a functioning object. The positioning of the lights inside the rings allows them to be concealed while not in use, and the touch mechanism means that there are no obvious switches or wiring.
The center ring of the Portal Lamp contains a uniquely designed mechanism that uses magnets to hold the structure in position.
There are five magnets embedded into the timber side of the ring and one magnet on a lever that connects the top circle to the centre bolt. There is a slot along the top face of the circle that allows the lever to move from side to side.
This mechanism is hidden behind the copper panel and the lever can be adjusted easily by moving the top circle.
The portal lamp is able to articulate in multiple directions in order to create interesting shapes and disperse light in different directions.
There are three points at which the structure swivels, at the base and at both points where the circles are joined. In addition the top circle also moves in an arc motion so that the light can be directed downwards in any direction.
The structure is heaviest in the base, so it is able to balance in any position.