Shift Lamp Industrial Design 2016
Featured Project, Core77 Magazine, Dec 2016 Press: leon-brown.com

So many of the things that we work on are shaped by the light that graces it. The relationship between light, medium, and artist is important as it affects the way we feel about the artefacts we handle.

 

Shift is a lamp made intelligent for designers, crafts-people, and artists. It is an exercise in order and sequence; a quiet choreography of electronic decisions made to turn on with movement, to dim at dusk, and to adapt to a user’s preferences. It is designed to both receive input manually and sense the surrounding environment to change the ways we experience colour, light, and space.

Interaction with the large track-pad is a way for users to dictate which hues should be displayed - brightness and colour controlled by automated reading of the surrounding environment, through an array of embedded sensors.

 

The lamp is designed to be sleek, almost anthropomorphised in form, with elongated armatures and a geometric head; rounded motifs drawing parallels with the design of a magnifying glass. All hinged joints are held in a tension grip, in an effort to minimise visual clutter and promote easy interaction.

The relationship between light, medium, and artist is important as it affects the way we feel about the artefacts and work we handle. Consider the flowing pleats of a fabric swatch appearing different in red shadows, or blue highlights - or paper models that transmit colour and light than purely reflecting it. The movements designed into Shift are clean and reflected through minimalist form - light takes priority.

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