Athens-based ADD Architecture Studio has been awarded the 2018-2019 GOLD A’ Design Award for Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category by the International Design Academy, the grand jury panel of the A’ Design Award & Competition, for the “Reverse Sunclock Multifunctional Wall Lamp”, which aspires to reconsider what a Wall Lamp is, and what a Wall Lamp can be.
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.
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.
The 6 segments of fiberglass of the upper half discus gradually light off from 9am till 3pm and then the discus rotates 180 degrees. The same process occurs from 4pm to 9pm and repeats itself every 6 hours. The rotation axis and motion rotors are found inside the slim base cutting the lamp in half. Light and shadow change according to time offering a spectacle to the observer. The rotation is set off through a hidden timer connected to two also hidden power adapters inside the lamp’s back base.
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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