Primitive Horizon Interactive Lamp by Lee Beckwith

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Primitive Horizon

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Interactive Lamp

INSPIRATION:
The original moment of inspiration came when I saw the child's moon (the term for seeing the moon in the sky during the day) through a canopy of trees during twilight. The sky was blue-purple, and the moon stuck out like a bright white pearl perfectly framed by the trees' silhouette. Seeing this silhouette of trees surrounding the moon, I wanted to recreate this visual effect in my lamp design.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Primitive Horizon is a lamp that reconnects people to their primitive relationship with the sun and the sky. By synchronizing with the sun's timing, this lamp casts a horizon 360 degrees around the room that warms up and cools down with the day's progression. The horizon is cast by the lamp's design, which has a pattern taken from a tree canopy cut from an acrylic shell. The synchronization works by having a small microcontroller with a pre-installed program hidden inside the top of the lamp.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Interaction happens automatically. Once the program is synchronized, which should happen if wifi is made available to the microcontroller, the lamp will change color and intensity along with the sun and time of day.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project began in June 2012 and was completed in September 2012.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The lamp design is intended to be a colored acrylic mold with a pattern cut out of it. In the center, suspended by a metal rod is a cluster of led's inside another acrylic ball which diffuses the light outwards. The LED's are RGB, meaning they can display white light or any combination of colors. At the inside of the top of the lamp is a small compartment that houses the electrical components, including the microcontroller that controls the LED cluster.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The lamp is 16 inches in diameter and completely spherical. The smaller LED cluster in the center is 5 inches in diameter.

TAGS:
lamp, interactive lamp, ambient lighting, smart, sun, primitive, horizon, programmed, computerized

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
In the beginning of my design process, I researched the origins of artificial light. Early man used stones with a depression in it to place the fat of an animal to be burned, as a form of an early lamp. From there our cultivation of light from energy slowly grew increasingly advanced. Our control of light eventually became so total that today we even have a host of light related problems like light pollution and insomnia. These insights eventually led to the design of Primitive Horizon.

CHALLENGE:
The most difficult part of this design was in creating a concept that actually brought its users closer to nature, and not yet further away. My insight during my research was that artificial lighting can have harmful effects on humans when used in excess. Furthermore, I did not see much use in designing yet another lamp that does the same job as every other lamp: illuminating a space. Instead, I wanted to make something like a "negative light", a light which would take away the harmful effects of artificial lighting.

ADDED DATE:
2013-03-01 23:41:38

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Lee Beckwith

IMAGE CREDITS:
Lee Beckwith, 2012.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Sapien Design

PROFILE:
Sapien Design is the private design studio of Lee Beckwith, interaction and concept designer. Sapien Design seeks to bring new concepts into the world that have positive impact for human beings by utilizing imaginative uses of computation and design. Our mission is to create beautiful designs and also hopefully improve the human condition.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Primitive Horizon Interactive Lamp by Lee Beckwith is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Primitive Horizon Interactive Lamp by Lee Beckwith is Runner-up for A' Design Award in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2012 - 2013.



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