The seasonal affective disorder is a cyclic form of depression caused by changes in the circadian rhythm. When the level of light changes in fall and winter, for some people this cycle can be disrupted.
The “Day&Night” Light is a lamp that oscillates within a period of 24 hours and is coordinated with the day-night rhythm. Set according to the circadian cycle, it is diffusing colored light through time to rebalance our body clock. While daylight as a whole is beneficial, different colors of light seem to affect the body in different ways.
The essence of the lamp is its material, the dichroic glass that produces the range of colors needed by rotating above the light. The lamps are set to generate a blue light in the mornings, to lessen melatonin production and stimulate wakefulness. In the evenings another light kicks in, casting a warm amber glow that sets off melatonin production and makes you drowsy. The “Day&Night” Light is a device to understand time differently and regulate our circadian cycle.
Following The White Building, Laura Ferriere and I made a book about our project, its context & future. This book is the support of an open discussion triggered by The White Building.
A magazine part debates on design nowadays, the relevancy of its involvement in society, but mainly about The White Building project itself, Justice nowadays and their encounter. A second part will give the entire recipe of The White Building as an open source. A user manual, to provide all the tools for this project to be applied partially or totally by reinsertion facilities. Its carefully designed program can also be used as a pedagogical tool for many more facilities and projects involving creativity and groups management.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Every step of the way, we asked the inmates “What do you think?”. This sentence resumes the way we work but also the way we think anybody should be treated. More than a question to gather opinions, it carries our beliefs: equality, respect and creativity as an empowering medium of expression and self development.
Life Enhancer of the Year 2015
"Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects millions around the globe each year. Noticing the lack of a considered, design-led response to the problem, student Éléonore Delisse created this light as part of her Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project. Dichroic glass rotates alongside a lamp to project the colours that we need to rebalance our circadian rhythm. It glows blue in the morning to stimulate wakefulness, and warm orange at night to softly send us to sleep. It’s a beautifully designed solution to winter blues."
Photography: Tommaso Sartori
is a series of weights designed to apprehend body movements in a different way. A serie of tools becoming sculptural objects when they are not in use.
A pair for the morning and a piece for the evening.
The dumbbells can be used together or individually to practice morning exercises.
The second piece is designed to facilitate the diaphragmatic breathing before sleeping by helping localise your abdomen.
The tools that help you move are inspired by the halteres of the Ancient Greek, when the material would be the weight needed itself.
The White Building is an innovative social project that aims at facilitating the reintegration of inmates and ex-inmates into society. It is a space of transition where its participants will carry out a work experience during or after their sentence, in collaboration with qualified professionals. Based on creativity and work, this project aims at helping the participants to find their own personal interests and strengths, while developing concrete skills matching the professional world’s expectations. The ultimate goal of The White Building is a successful, lasting return to society.
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This is BOUW is the studio we created together with Laura Ferriere. Within this frame, we develop projects such as The White Building, which was the stepping stone of our professional career. We focus on directing design based projects, connecting people and expertises together.
As designers, we believe that it is time to bring our qualities to tangible society matters, by combining field, data, aesthetics and functional research to lead meaningful and useful projects.
We create projects which have a strong attachment to reality. We aim to generate a new system of thought based on attention to people, while material and immaterial assets would come as consequences. We see society as a whole where its actors could collaborate in unusual ways and combine their skills to create a different future.
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