The project has gained attention in several publications; here is what one of the judges has to say about the lamp in Canada’s ‘The Globe and Mail’:
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the aptly named ‘black hole lamp’ was designed by dario narvaez and anthony baxter, and despite having worked on automotive type lighting before the project represented a step in a new direction for curve ID. ‘the fully illuminated disc represents a living star’, explains the team. ‘as the disc is stretched backwards, the light dims just like the process of a dying star until it no longer emits light and is devoured by a black hole.’ the role of the user was key to the team’s process: the centre of the lamp reads, ‘black hole’, the handle reads ‘god’. ‘we wanted to achieve an aesthetically pleasing piece that was also functional and interactive, where the user plays a key role in the experience of the product — we want the user to be part of the design and make them feel like they have the power to transform light.’
“This year’s theme for the competition was Cosmic, and out of 132 worldwide submissions, the ‘Black Hole Lamp’ stands out as an elegant interactive idea focused on the perception of a black hole.”
Last but not least, the event organizers at L A M P: Nicole Fox & Annika Hagen; Thank you for hosting such a unique event that inspires the design community.
A popular depiction of a black hole is an unseen force of nature drawing light down to a single point in space. Using this analogy, the ‘Black Hole Lamp’ controls the intensity of the light being emitted by creating a funnel from which the light cannot escape. In the ‘on’ position the reflective disc of material is fully illuminated, but as the flexible disc is drawn back towards the center of the black hole, the light gets dimmer until it eventually disappears. The ‘Black Hole Lamp’ is effectively dimming the light as it changes shape, in the same way a black hole draws in light and matter by altering the fabric of space.
in the ‘on’ position the reflective disc of material is fully illuminated
designboom calls it: “a lamp that allows you to enjoy the spectacle of a black hole from the safety of your living room.”
the project represented a step in a new direction for curve ID
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in production, the team needed to find a material that would diffuse the light evenly
achieving this wasn’t easy. curve ID had to marry the idea of transforming the materials into a certain shape with the act of dimming the light. after trying many techniques, both technical and mechanical, ‘in the end it was a combination of the two that gave us the right effect; dimming the light as the user pulls it and then turns it off. we also had to coordinate the distance with the intensity of light. and finally, another challenge was finding the right materials. we needed materials that could diffuse the light evenly, and stretch to the required shape all while maintaining their properties.’
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Thanks to the Curve ID team, particularly Alberto Mantilla and Carlos Gonzalez.
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dimensions: height 1450mm, base width 675mm, base length 715mm. shade diameter 600mm.materials: stainless steel rod ½” – 3/8”, latex and textile disc, stainless steel frame, led strip.manufacturing processes: metal fabrication and welding, stretched latex + fabric, cnc machining and cutting, electrical wiring and programmingmetal fabrication: benjamin duarteelectronics & programming: eddy viana, mark breneman, marc vivantelectronics consulting: pete althoffprototype consulting: ronald ondrey special thanks: the curve ID team, alberto mantilla, carlos gonzalez, nicole fox, annika hagen
Bio:Company: CurveIDDesigners: Dario Narvaez: Senior Industrial Designer. His work ranges in the field of consumer products, automotive design, and digital painting. Clients such Colgate, John Deere, Panasonic, Harley Davidson, OXO are featured in his portfolio.Tony Baxter: Curve ID Partner and director of diverse projects for well known clients including Nike, John Deere and Colgate. Tony has been awarded internationally recognized design awards including an Industrial Designers Society of America.
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designers at new york consultancy and design firm curve ID have completed their production of a lamp that allows you to enjoy the spectacle of a black hole from the safety of your living room. while switched on, the light is dispersed across a fabric disk, but drawing the lamp’s handle backwards pulls the fabric of the lamp in on itself, creating a tunnel from which it cannot escape — just like how a black hole eats a star.
the team wanted the act of turning the light on and off to be more than a simple flick of a switch
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Project Specs:Dimensions: Height: 1400mm Base width: 600mm Base length: 500mm Shade diameter: 500mm Materials: Stainless Steel rod ½” – 3/8”, Silicone disc, Stainless steel frame, Rings of LED’s. Manufacturing Processes: Metal tube bending, Welding, Stretched silicone sheet, Metal cutting, Metal brake forming.
a black hole draws in light and matter by altering the fabric of space
This project was a collaboration of many different contributors that helped make the lamp a reality.
Curve ID is proud to announce that the “Black Hole Lamp”, conceived and directed by Dario Narvaez and Anthony Baxter, has won one of the world’s largest international lighting competitions, L A M P (Light Architecture Movement Project; www.welovelamp.ca)
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the team had to marry the idea of transforming the shape with the dimming of the light
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the centre of the lamp reads ‘black hole’, the handle: ‘god’
drawing the handle backwards pull the fabric of the light in on itself
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“I thought this lamp was fantastic – so elegant and I love that you have to pull back the metal ‘switch’ to dim the lighting, as if you’re stretching time and space,” said judge and light-art sculptor, Phillip K.
Smith from his Laguna Beach, Calif., studio. “You know, it’s always a dilemma – structure and engineering versus metaphor and poetry – but, in the end, a lamp has to be functional. This one has it all.
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Concept Statement:A popular depiction of a black hole is an unseen force of nature drawing light down to a single point in space. Using this analogy, the ‘Black Hole Lamp’ controls the intensity of the light being emitted by creating a funnel from which the light cannot escape. In the ‘on’ position the reflective disc of material is fully illuminated, but as the flexible disc is drawn back towards the center of the black hole, the light gets dimmer until it eventually disappears. The ‘Black Hole Lamp’ is effectively dimming the light as it changes shape, in the same way a black hole draws in light and matter by altering the fabric of space.The design of the lamp features a silicone disc which is deformed by pulling it (angle and length are changed), decreasing the travel of the light rays and its area of contact.