Saturday, 1 November 2008

subconscious effect of daylight


Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken is the genius behind this prototype table/lamp named "subconscious effect of daylight".

This is how Daniel describes the table/lamp:

Daylight in a room indoor gives information or signs of something outside the physical room. These signs give us a subconscious feeling that our perceived space is larger than the physical room. The contrast between outdoor and indoor decreases. When daylight in a room is removed, the feeling of space decreases, and the contrast between outdoor and indoor increases. I believe that this can result in a feeling of being enclosed for many of us, to be alone or lonely - a social block.

"subconscious effect of daylight" tries to replicate the effect of having daylight indoor. The concept is to create a feeling of natural, direct sunshine. This imitation is created through projecting a light pattern giving a recognizable illusion of natural light and shadows.

The lamp has the shape of a small table where the light source is mounted underneath the tabletop. The light gives an illusion of the sun shining through a window because of the artificial shadows that are cast to the floor.

In my opinion the subconscious and psychical effects of daylight is as important to consider when talking about the effects of natural daylight, as the medical side of light theories.

"Psychosomatic - (of a physical illness or other condition) caused or aggravated by a mental factor". If mental influence can cause a physical illness, can then a positive influence do the opposite?


It was first shown at the SaloneSatellite in Milan 2008 and was featured in Wallpaper* issue 113 and Abitare issue 484.

1 comment:

  1. It is so natural I had to look a few before I saw what was so special about it :)

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