Reverse Sunclock (Multifunctional Wall Lamp) by ARGYRIS CHRONOPOULOS
2018 - 2019, Golden A' Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Award Winner
Inspiration
The inspiration to design this lamp emanates from the desire to match two inseparable concepts, that of time and light. The marriage of those into an object that resembles a clock yet exists as a wall lamp initially sprung from the observation of sun clocks. Shadow and light unite and produce the notion of time. In this case the game between light and shadow applied onto a reverse sun clock half fiberglass half brass gives birth to a hybrid product, a ying yang existence of time and light.
Creativity
The uniqueness lies into the harmonious coexistence of a clock and a lamp in a statement of an object. As the time passes a discus gradually lights off in parts which correspond to the segmentation of a clock. Half translucent fiberglass, half golden like brise soleil the discus rotates corresponding to the different needs of direct and indirect light during the day while always indicating the time. A slimmer discus half mirror half brass behind the main one accentuates or diffuses the light.
Design Challenges
The greatest design challenge in that case was to find a subtle yet profound way to combine the concepts of time and light into a multi functional object with character and unique form. We also desired to create a formalistic and conceptual continuity with our previous awarded design exploring the concept of reverse-ness. Turning realities upside down instead of tossing them away fits into our mentality of looking in the past in order to create a consistent line from the past to the future.
Production Technology
The discus consists of a brass wreath holding the fiberglass and the brass brise soleil semicircles. Two pieces of fiberglass 3mm thick are held apart by the wreath so as for six strips of LED tape to be placed between them on the wreath's 1cm internal surface. Another LED strip covered with plexiglass is placed behind the brass 3mm bars of the lower semicircle. The timer and adapters enclosed in the brass back base offer signal and power for the lighting on, off and rotation of the lamp.
       
     
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