"You know, I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is."

David Byrne

True Stories


"...and if I ever went solo my favorite MC would be me."

Phife Dawg

Midnight Marauders



© John Conner. Design Portfolio. 2019.






John Conner

Amanda Daniels

Miranda Schum

Jackie Stinson





For an Environmental Control Systems II term project, a group of fellow students and I investigated the electrical and daylighting situation at a local self-serve frozen yogurt parlor chain, Yogurt Extreme, located on 13th street.



In our study, we found that patrons mostly sat near the windows due to the abundance of southern natural light which came through. However, we also saw that other than the prospect of people watching, there were very few reasons to sit at the windows after sunset.


As a result, we sought to create a wall-mounted luminaire that would create a more interesting atmosphere by the windows. The luminaire serves as a secondary light source for the parlor during the night as well as a sculptural piece during the day.







As a group, we decided that the luminaire should relate back to its environment as best as possible. In order to accomplish the relation, we utilized Yogurt Extreme's unique hot pink plastic spoons to form of our luminaire. These spoons were not being recycled by the yogurt parlor, so we made use of the waste by setting up collection boxes to retrieve these discarded items. We then sanitized, cut, melted and integrated the spoons into the design.


We knew the pink spoons in the shade would create a high level of red and pink tones around the bulb, so we decided on a kelvin that would result with a much higher white content, as the cold light would be amplified by the pink in the shade around it.


Recycled spoon from Yogurt Extreme

Dispose of handle, keep bowl

Orient multiple bowls in a circular form

Remove handle

Use heat source to melt sharp cut point

Glue circle of bowls together

Continue creating concentric circles of bowls

Gradually curving



Exterior shell: Used Yogurt Extreme pink plastic spoons

                       E6000 epoxy glue


Interior fixture stand: Recycled scrap plywood

                       Light mount

                       125 volt wire & plug



Light bulb: GE compact fluorescent bulb

Light output: 850 lumens

Voltage: 125 volts

Energy used: 12 watts

Efficiency: 65 lumens/watt

Life: 25,000 hours