Ok, so this might be one of the more surreal lighting concepts to have surfaced in the past few years, but we’re not really complaining about it because the execution of the design, if done correctly, can revolutionize the way we look at home furnishings and décor forever. The Emotion Lighting Concept was created by designer Andrew Williams, who by the way began sketching concepts in pre-school and his first achievement in the field was a new sled for Santa (awww!). Needless to say that little bit of trivia about the designer instantly helps us connect with this lighting fixture in a much better way and we also get a better sense of the thought process that must have inspired and shaped the designer’s sensibilities over the years.
Created primarily to appeal to the human senses, the lighting concept has a hint of emotion and nostalgia about it which is brought about the unexpected responses that are generated by the lighting fixture when human interact with it. Moving like a living organism, the Emotion light responds to human touch much like the mimosa plant which moves and closes its petals on being stimulated. The lighting is fashioned out of shape memory alloys which have a specific and unique molecular arrangement that allows them to “remember” predefined arrangements. The alloy wires are pre-shaped to respond to a touch in a pre-programmed manner which basically means that they are set to make a response to the level of body heat of a human being and return to its original shape as its temperature returns to normal.
This allows the lighting concept to offer responses to the user’s interaction which allows it to serve as a living, feeling organism within a décor rather than an inanimate object. The pure white finish of the lighting offsets and highlights the bright and warm yellow of the “petals” which instantly give the lamp the semblance of being alive and allow its human companions to connect with it on an emotional level. Resembling a house plant in its stance, the Emotion Lighting Concept allows users to develop a bond and a sense of kinship with it which makes them hold on to it and retain it as a part of their home and décor for much longer durations than they would a lamp they deemed to be just a non-living object.
A prototype for the Emotion is crafted like a hanging pendant lamp which comes with motion detectors and is activated via motion in the room rather than touch.