Altieri


The form of the object is conceptually related to organic life forms, given its dynamic metaphor and interactive behaviors. The physical appearance of a hedgehog adapts differently to various environmental surroundings. The skin of a hedgehog, for instance, often responds to sudden movements by changing from soft and smooth to rough and spiked. In other words, not only does the overall shape change, but its texture does as well. The shape change is protective since it offers a physical barrier from harm; the texture change is protective because it offers a warning to potential predators.

 

A second design point related to the form of the light is the functional change that it undergoes to alter the amount of light emitted. Flower petals change their form and shape while blooming and adapting to the lighting conditions in the environment. The original lamp shape conceals the light, but the outer shade changes the lampÕs shape by opening outward and allowing more light to be emitted from the center. This process is also conceptually similar to the way animals change their shape when they perceive movement or loud sound. The lamp fixture consists of six modules and can rotate in such a way that they can face inward or outward. It contains diverse 3 dimensional shapes that dynamically interact with the userÕs voice to aesthetically produce different views that also functionally control the desired amount of light resources.

 

Details of the exterior patterns were designed using 3D modeling software. The prototype was constructed from gypsum powder. The exterior decorative patterns were composed of natural, organic shapes, while the interior is an abstraction of a face. The abstract facial form is meant to provoke emotional undertones while adding an element of personification to the lampshade. This also allows one to see animate characteristics embedded in the object. The lamp, for instance, reveals grotesque or aggressive faces in the presence of loud voices.