A couple months ago, I got a custom order request. The client wanted a Megaton lamp, as well as a Silo Table for it to stand on. I was conflicted. Don't get me wrong - I love getting requests and designing custom pieces. It's just that the Silo Table is discontinued, and for a very good reason: it's a huge pain-in-the-ass to make. The tabletop alone has something like 32 welds, not to mention the complexity of drilling evenly spaced holes along a brittle, antique oak shaft... plus, judging by the condition in which some were received, UPS transports the boxes by rolling them down flights of stairs.
So what if, instead of making a special table just for the lamp to stand on, I made the design into a floor lamp? I could use the entire bomb (instead of only the back fins) and support it from the same brackets that hold it in a bomber. My client liked the idea, and once the concept sketch was approved I got to work.
Even though it's the same bomb, it feels totally different from the table lamp. The minimalistic base suspends it just feet above the ground, as though freezing it in time right before it reaches its target. This gives it a delicate, even precarious appearance despite being significantly larger and heavier than the original Megaton. But before I add it to the store, it needs a name to go along with the design - "Megaton Floor Lamp" won't cut it for something I like this much.