Advanced Topics in Performative Design: Daylight and Electric Lighting

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Course

ASD 20.302: Advanced Topics in Performative Design: Daylight and Electric Lighting

Instructor

Daniel J. Whittaker, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer


Students Involved

Tay Boon Kiat + Simon Rocknathan

About The Project

The desert rose. A finely flowering compound planar gypsum crystal. The point of natural inspiration for this luminaire. Fractured planar sheets of polychromatic acrylic slice through a faceted sleeve, exposing both ends towards the open environment. Invisible bits of light, supplied by multiple light emitting diodes cleverly hidden within a multi-wall shell supply a bright glow to the acrylic panels. The function of this luminaire- more than decorative, it is an investigation into the juxtaposition of contrasting materials: one, a highly-honed polymer based upon an oil distillate product; the other, naturally-finished basswood, with full grain on display for sumptuous visual consumption.

Students Involved

Sean Lee Jun Wei + Eion Goh Ee Yan

About The Project

Eion and Sean explored the use of a novel linear luminescent lighting material: electroluminescent wire. This flexible vinyl material emits a soft, glowing light that is appropriate for night-time illumination at a residential scale. Their fixture is strung in tension upon a laser-cut acrylic armature, radially symmetrical upon a centered axis. Dual mirrors enable the user to peer into an illusory infinite spatial dimension.

Students Involved

Ngiam Ju Jin Lucas + Zhang Guoxian

About The Project

A functional chair: the ultimate combination of luminaire and bench seat. This object attempts to combine the idea seated relaxed posture with a source of light, mean to illuminate the immediate surroundings and enable a glowing ambiance whether outside or indoors. Thick gauged acrylic, laser-etched, ensures light escapes out in a directed fashion, from an LED strip light source. Heat-treated and bent into a form that is receptive to the human body and the back posture comfortable for brainstorming the next design project of the busy student.

Students Involved

Paris Lau Sherneese + Chiew Jia Hui

About The Project

The ultimate co-mingling of an organic form with a highly-processed and manufactured material: natural wood root with fibre optic filament threads interwoven with a translucent mesh fabric. This is a match of juxtaposed materiality, fed by an intense light emitting diode source, deftly hidden within a wood-based mount. Glowing fibers, normally possessing total internal reflection, have been manually modified through sanding the surface of the fiber optic thread, allowing the light to emanate from a radial direction along the shaft, outward, diffusing into the mesh. Small threads bind the fiber optic into the mesh, ensuring a symbiotic relationship between the light source and the adjacent illuminated fabric.

Students Involved

Rachel Song Li Ying + Adler Teo

About The Project

This additive-printed form utilizes conventional Polylactic-acid filament built-up to form a multi-planar sphere-like shell. Within, like that of a Russian Matryoshka doll, is nestled yet another, smaller shell with a delicate filigree filtering a centered nucleus light-emtting-diode lamp string. This luminaire, scaled for an appropriate small hospitality or residential setting, diffuses a soft glow of alluring light while the internal geometry beckons further investigation and int