Hong Ying Guo / Rochester Institute of Technology
It is an object that doesn’t immediately tell you how to use it so it is exciting to try and see how it would work. I would like to have seen some mock-ups or prototypes rather than just digital renderings to see how it might work. – Helen Maria Nugent
It is an industrial product that could be realized and has been well thought out. – Defne Koz
“Moss” is a reflection to step back from the conventional standardized system and embrace more freedom from the inspiration of nature. This light system is intended to imitate the growing way of moss with the capability to multiply and attach to many places. Thus, “Moss” allows users to customize the light to what they desire without limitation on the location and the form. With its flexible structure and attributes of the electroluminescent strip, the light can be easily fit into many changes in various circumstances.2. The Brief: Summarize the problem you set out to solve. What was the context for the project, and what was the challenge posed to you?
Does the light have to be fastened on a pedestal without any mobility? Can the light be freely configured in order to fit into various scenarios with certain playful values? What may it look like if the light is out of the standardized formula including a lamp, a shade, a frame and a base? For the context of “Moss” light, I am seeking a solution to allow users more flexibly to dispose the light to fit into their space under different situations. The light can be changeable and versatile to become different forms of light in the environment according to the attributes of the space as well as users’ intentions. The challenges will be how to go beyond the current light form within current technology and how the playful values with users can be added to increase pleasurable product experience.3. The Intent: What point of view did you bring to the project, and were there additional criteria that you added to the brief?
This light system is intended to imitate the growing way of moss with the capability to multiply and attach to many places. Attaching on a position by the lamp itself without any extra supporting structure is the key point on this project. Due to the light designed to be a clip-structure with C-shaped wings, it is enabled to be clamped on a corner of the wall and installed on the table. In addition, users can manipulate the light units to several combinations to create their own light system or an environmental lighting. Thus, “moss” light can be developed into the wall light, the table light, the ceiling light or other kinds of environmental lighting system.4. The Process: Describe the rigor that informed your project. (Research, ethnography, subject matter experts, materials exploration, technology, iteration, testing, etc., as applicable.) What stakeholder interests did you consider? (Audience, business, organization, labor, manufacturing, distribution, etc., as applicable)
Although “moss” light is a conceptual design, several steps on materials exploration, illumination technology research and model testing have been carried out. For the material, the body of this clip-structured light is made from light-weight and flexible plastic. The corners of this light used to attach the wall are perpendicular to each other and made from high-friction and bendable rubber. Thus, those attributes enable the structure to expand and utilize the rebounded force to make the light clamp over the wall or the table. For the illumination technology, the light source is made from EL strip (Electroluminescent strip) located the inner layer of the model. The light device can be electrically ganged with others by plugging the cable into the input jack. That allows many lights to be assembled together to form a light system. For the model testing, before the final shape is decided, several foam mock-ups of this design have been built for testing the structure. Images in the supporting PDF show how people install the light and the capability of the light structure.5. The Value: How does your project earn its keep in the world? What is its value? What is its impact? (Social, educational, economic, paradigm-shifting, sustainable, environmental, cultural, gladdening, etc.)
The unique aesthetic of this design and its versatility to allow users to customize a lighting system are the core values on this project. “Moss” light may change how people think about the light and how to use the light. Most importantly, “moss” light can be more flexibly fitted into different spaces in a gesture of a natural form instead of a piece of equipment.