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Projects with Rotaliana

Project in Collaboration with Rotaliana

Project by:
Tian-Ze Chen and Cheng-Ting Chen, Pallavitha Halaga Narayanamurthy and Varvara Erikhova, Liam Sean Eldred, Mohana Saraf and Tuana Cansu Ogut, Juan Cruz del Granado and Karthik Nandimandalam, Mahoko Arai and NienChen Lee, Debalina Das and Anabelle Ronnberg, Tz-Yun Huang and Sukru Kaptanoglu, Lorena Moreta, Daniele Ficarra and Raphael Cottier, Francesca Caronna and Laura Morelli

Advanced and Processes workshop

Domus Academy’s students from the Master’s in Product Design, during the Advanced and Processes workshop, had the opportunity to collaborate with Rotaliana, one of the most prestigious companies in the field of light design. “Light in Motion” aimed to investigate the use of new types of portable lamps similar to the traditional ones but which have a close relationship with human behaviours. In this workshop, students investigated the home environment, giving birth to a series of dynamic objects that are almost “alive”, that complement human actions in a changing environment. Here is a brief presentation of the results of our students:

Ming – People need the sun and the moon everyday is a project by the students Tian-Ze Chen and Cheng-Ting Chen. After carrying out a survey to measure people’s time use in different rooms, the students found that people spend most of their time in the bedroom. A good bedtime routine and sleep quality are important, which is why the product is targeted around the bed. The most common thing people do upon waking is grab their phone, therefore people need their mobile phones by the bed. Due to the small, lightweight, convenient and portable qualities of mobile phones, this light uses the flashlight that comes with mobile phones as a light source to provide light while in bed. This bedside lamp can be used as a mobile phone holder.

Volano – Portable lamp for dining is the project by the students Pallavitha Halaga Narayanamurthy and Varvara Erikhova. Students focused on the purpose of lighting while dining, which is not just to improve visibility, but also to create a dramatic ambience to enjoy both food and company. A dining table can easily become cluttered with dishes and cutlery, so having a lamp with a cord would make it even worse. The Volano lamp is a simple and smart solution for hassle-free dining. Lighting up the table with adjustable brightness, this colour-changing lamp is the ultimate tool for setting the dining mood. Food is not just meant to be consumed indoors, but can be enjoyed anywhere. Volano is a compact and portable lamp that fits in perfectly everywhere.

Pofuduk – The comfort of light is a lamp designed by Liam Sean Eldred, Mohana Saraf and Tuana Cansu Ogut. Inspired by the theory of the transitional object, Pofuduk’s versatility and practicality stems from the idea of having a luminous friend that helps guiding children through life. The product is made of soft cotton with the classic look of a capitonnè blanket. This multi-purpose blanket leaves room for the child to imagine how and where to use it. The buttons are plastic with metal connection points that the child can use to attach a collection of animal and tree-shaped light objects, thus creating their own light landscape.

Lumina – Design your light is a lamp designed by Juan Cruz del Granado and Karthik Nandimandalam. Students investigated microenvironments. When it comes to lighting, users often have to adapt the arrangement of their furniture around power sources. Lumina is composed of a rechargeable cordless lamp, which is associated with various reflectors designed to be placed in different areas of the microenvironment. Thus, achieving optimal lighting, while taking advantage of wireless technology and the short distances users cover when moving around the house. Simplicity and dynamism are the main characteristics of these products. Lumina can be charged with the same charger as our cell phones and has three light power levels that are regulated by simple finger touches.

LightTray – Carry light with drink is a project by Mahoko Arai and NienChen Lee. People tend to live in small but functional apartments. Usually, there are several lights in a room in order to fit different activities and this causes an excessive use of energy. The concept underneath LightTray is to find a way to use light only when necessary matching it with the most performed action during people everyday life: drinking. The result is a light that can be carried with a drink. The handle is a tubular structure in the middle of the tray, and the light is under it. The battery is rechargeable so it can be carried anywhere. With this light, users can illuminate just the area immediately surrounding them. LightTray has three brightness adjustments to suit different usage scenarios.

Ast – Plants are living beings is a lamp designed by Debalina Das and Anabelle Ronnberg. With Ast plants are brought to life inside the home thanks to this fabulous lighting solution. Ast helps people accentuate plants and those corners of the house that often go unnoticed. The simple and compact shape of the lamp makes it easy and quick to change location according to different needs. The concept also includes the fact that the lamp is wireless, making it portable and hassle-free. This smart lamp is battery operated and comes equipped with a universal port, meaning it can be charged using a regular cable.

Klipak – Softness for light is a project by Tz-Yun Huang and Sukru Kaptanoglu. Students investigated how people spend most of their free time inside the house. People stay mainly in the living room and most frequently on the sofa. Considering it as a target place and investigating the effects of light on people’s emotions, Klipak design is based on a clip-on structure suitable for any soft item (sofas, pillows, blankets, etc): its pressing piece reflects the light source, light radiates on surfaces and spreads creating a warm and embracing atmosphere.

Hat-Trick – A bright top is a lamp designed by Lorena Moreta, Daniele Ficarra and Raphael Cottier. Lighting is an essential component of any activity. However, current lighting systems are too tied to a surface or worse yet to a specific area. The project aims to solve the problem of mobility of light by integrating it into a trivial but essential object that is present in every environment we inhabit: a bottle cap. The choice of a familiar object (the hat), maintains its purpose of covering the top of a bottle while harnessing modern lighting technologies and high-energy rechargeable AA batteries. The resulting light is completely free from any connection to the wall, allowing it to move seamlessly between indoor and outdoor use.

Watson – Simple, elementary is a project by Francesca Caronna and Laura Morelli. The project is centered on the task of working from home, which reflects the modern polycentric house. The rooms and working stations chosen change depending on the individual, people can work at a table, on a sofa or even on a bed. The results of this research led to the concept of a lamp that can cover all of these areas: a telescopic portable light that through height adjustment can satisfy the individual’s personal needs. Using an intuitive gesture, it can be adjusted to between 120cm and 40 cm. When it is closed it is easy to carry around and, thanks to its telescopic parts, it can produce both diffuse light on the floor and direct light.

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