A WELL-FOUNDED PLAN AND BRIGHT IDEAS
The Therapy lamp is one of several outcomes of the plan to broaden our product range for the public environment. It all started with an internal workshop where the team within the Professional businessarea wanted to develop new innovative products that contain more technical innovations and sustainable materials.
Meet Morten Lyhne, the designer behind our nominated Therapy lamp.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY CHARACTERIZES YOUR DESIGN?
Influenced by the Nordic design tradition of minimalism and functionalism, my basic principle is always to keep the design as simple as possible, which also makes perfect sense cost wise. Every design feature is influenced by functionality, construction or production techniques, and the product shall consist of as few parts as possible. At the same time, I want to make sure that the lines and curves of the design are clean and harmonious.
I have worked with industrial design and product development since 1980 as a model builder and as a designer. My natural curiosity drives me to explore new technologies and materials, and my participation in lighting conferences and science projects brings me the latest knowledge for the benefit of my design work. To me, a new product becomes much more interesting if there is a certain level of innovation and technical challenge involved.
DESCRIBE THE MISSION AROUND THE THERAPY LAMP, HOW DID THE JOURNEY BEGIN?
The idea for the therapy lamp came from the city of Copenhagen. My business partner and I participated in a workshop, where the city of Copenhagen had established a project called ”Døgnrytmelys til Svage Ældre”. The project wanted to find out what the market had to offer in terms of mobile circadian light/therapy light for the elderly. The outcome of the workshop was that a nice, individually adjustable, mobile circadian lighting fixture did not exist, which created opportunities to develop an innovative solution that can make a difference for people. My ideas turned out to match Belid Lighting Group's plan to broaden their product range and a collaboration was initiated.
DESCRIBE YOUR THOUGHTS WHEN YOU CREATED THE THERAPY LAMP
My objective was to create a piece of lighting furniture, which people would want to have in their home. There are plenty of light therapy fixtures on the market, but most of them are considered a piece of medical equipment and are not very nice or comfortable.
I chose light-coloured and natural materials such as wood and textile, which draw parallells to Scandinavian design tradition. The round shape is the obvious and most natural shape for such a luminaire – makes you think of the sun. But the fact that I made it rest on the edge, makes it special. The luminaire had to be portable and flexible, so I created a design where the circle could stand on a table, or the floor, or it could hang on the wall.
I chose textile as a diffuser because it gives you a very comfortable, large lighting surface. At the same time textile has a sound absorbing capacity, which will improve the indoor climate. I had seen this in other lighting fixtures and knew that it was possible to obtain a good light transmission with the right kind of textile. The textile is kept in place by a ring of wood veneer – like a drum. The textile on the back is mere decoration and adds to the impression that this is a piece of furniture.
With this shape and these materials I was able to integrate the therapy light and other electronic devices inside the luminaire, so that it did not appear technical – even if this is in fact the case.
Keeping the elderly target group in mind I wanted the operation of the luminaire to be as easy as possible. And, in order to keep the costs low, we chose an existing technology, Casambi.
DESCRIBE YOUR THOUGHTS OF THE COLLABORATION WITH BELID LIGHTING GROUP
I have had the best collaboration with Belid Lighting Group’s engineers, and together we have matured the product. I also sense that this product has a high priority within Belid Lighting Group.
I appreciate that Belid Lighting Group has taken on this product. I am sure this is the future, and it will definitely move Belid Lighting Group into a category of innovative lighting companies.
AND FINALLY, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR THIS AWARD WITH THE THERAPY LAMP
I can only say that I am very proud to be nominated for this award.