Project Description

D E S C R I P T I O N

Interactive Lamp
December 2013

Lighting design class with Prof. Martin Racine

The Photon Lamp is an auxiliary ambient lighting unit, meant to be wall-mounted in a transitional space such as a corridor. The assignment was quite simple: to create an interactive lamp. I thus decided to take a generic approach to the theme and did my conceptual exploration around the many aspects of light itself. The design that I chose to build was inspired by what physicists call the “dual nature of light”, that is to say, the unresolved paradox of light’s wave and particle properties. My design offers a poetic solution to this paradox: the “photons” only light up when the “wave” is weaved around them. As the wave-wire touches specific parts of the photon balls, the switch is activated. The interactivity of the project thus comes solely from the design of the switch. The user is encouraged to have a rich tactile experience that takes a certain time, a moment of mindfulness to reconsider his/her experience of that transitional space which is usually all but mindful. It’s a playful interaction where the user can chose to turn on a few balls rather than all of them, and play with the flickering of the lights.

F E A T U R E S

Playful Weaving

The playful weaving interaction is what acts as a switch and creates a mindful moment for something usually as quick as flipping on a switch.

Vibrant Curves

Much of the appeal of the design rests on the vibrant curves of the photon balls which flicker at a light touch of the wire and create the feeling of an oversized photon.

Hovering Effect

Slits at the base of the photon balls allow for the light to bleed through and bounce back on the wood, which gives the photons a hovering effect.

F I N A L   P R O D U C T