Zil Shah

Product Design BSc (Hons)

‘Pen Case Lamp’ is a combination of a pencil case and a desk lamp, designed to be portable, adaptable, and capable of personalising a myriad of workspaces.


With the recent rise in hybrid working, moving between two (or even three, if you count the local café) workspaces has become the new normal. While comfort within our desk spaces is a key factor to enhancing productivity, this is not always attainable with the “work from anywhere” concept, due to the transient nature of most of these spaces.

Evidence suggests that one of the factors that affects productivity within these shared workspaces is having inadequate personal lighting. Although sufficient lighting is essential in a workplace, conventional desk lamps are typically hard to travel with, and are therefore deemed unsuitable for hybrid conditions.

‘Pen Case Lamp’ - a combination of a pen case and desk lamp, is designed to be effortlessly portable. By capitalising on the mobility of pencil cases, it makes traveling with a lamp to be just as routine and easy. With the customisation options between hues of white and orientation alternatives, the lamp can be adaptable by the user based on the time of day, task at hand, or the working environment. This innovative stationery tool brings a sense of familiarity and comfort wherever the user may be, revolutionising one’s ability to personalise any desk to feel like their own.  

Desk setup with the Pen Case Lamp closed.
Horizontal Orientation of the Pen Case Lamp.
two side by side images of the upright light
Close up image of the Pen Case part of the product.
Desk Setup to show the Pen Case Lamp being used as a backlight.
Overhead shot of all the components of the pen case lamp.

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