WHEN DESIGN EMBRACES NATURE
...that's when poetry arises.
The Open Up Lamp by Mark Champkins, for instance:
The Open Up Lamp in action (sped up 6x)
It's thermokinetic; it reacts to the heat of the light bulb. It opens up when it is turned on, and closes when it is switched off - somewhat like flowers that open up to the first rays of daylight.
The designer explains:
The lampshade is made up of polypropylene "petals" and six bi-metallic strips which are activated by the heat emitted by a bulb. Bi-metallic strips are a sandwich of copper and steel. When heated, the copper expands more than the steel causing the strip to bend.
Of course the days that light bulbs gave off enough heat to do this are well past us, luckily, but the concept is still beautiful - it reacts to changes in the environment.
It reminded me of this art work by Daan Roosegaarde, LOTUS:
LOTUS, an 'interactive organic wall of hundreds of smart foils unfolding in a poetic morphing of space and people'
LOTUS 7.0 is a wall composed of smart foils that fold open in response to human behavior. When you walk by LOTUS, hundreds of aluminium foils unfold. Although the material is obviously artificial, it feels organic in behavior.
Now this is 'just' an art piece, but the idea of physical morphing based on environmental influences is already put into practice throughout the world. In architecture, for instance:
The facade of the university building in Kolding, Denmark
Only recently completed, the brand new building of the Syddansk Universitet's communications and design faculty features a climate-responsive kinetic facade: it moves in response to changing heat and light.
Sensors monitor heat and light levels around the building, allowing the facade panels to shift from open to half-open to fully open.
The facade is not fixed, is not dependent on human intervention, but really has 'a life of its own'. I like that a lot.
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