Fluid lighting: project wrap-up

Lights are something you turn off and on, right? Yes, but when you approach the concept of light fixtures from a human-centred perspective, you quickly adopt a new way of looking at them. Instead of starting with how a light fixture looks and functions, you start with understanding human activities and needs.

An early design sketch showing how a pendant light could be extended with two extra lights on fold-away arms

These needs we explored and validated through defined problem statements together with people in the community.

Low-level prototyping lets you test ideas quickly. We spent a day workshopping with everyday materials like card, paper and lights.

When we explored the problem statements together with the community, we discovered there was a lot of energy among the shared ideas in the community, connected to creating lighting solutions that can be easily moved around the home and follow activities throughout the day.

A 3D prototype shows how cluster lamps can create flexible lighting
A 3D prototype shows how cluster lamps can create flexible lighting

Based on gained insights that people who live in small spaces need to stack activities on top of each other, such as when the dinner table becomes work table and then comes play table, we see the need to be more versatile than ever and offer better lighting solutions that you can change from mood to focus, from relaxation to energizing – as well as helping people with thin wallets.