Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
With today's lifestyle we often forget to be mindful especially when at home.
Every now and then we forget how to feel at home, SLO Light is a soft, warm lighting that reminds us to move slowly and mindfully.
To understand how people go about inside their homes, I looked at how they placed items and which parts of their house do they spend time most in. I also asked what makes them feel most at home and what common ritual people have.
Yoga practices breathing and how to be more aware of your body, looked at a few yoga tutorials, common yoga movements include a lot stretching your arms wide open, crouching down and expanding up, opening your body and lungs. This is to "create space" stops us from getting trapped inside our minds and release any tension. I decided to incorporate these movements into the lighting, so I started experimenting different ways of switching the lights using a lot opening and stretching movements.
Early exploration sketches
Secondary exploration sketches
small scale models
First full scale prototype
Testing lights and curtain material with full scale prototype
Tyvek paper with bamboo skewers
Washi paper with bamboo skewers
Muslin cloth with bamboo skewers
Final full scale mock up
SLo Light reminds us to slow down and take time to pause and breathe. To turn the light on, user must crouch down and bring the paper curtain up to the top of the lamp where it secures itself with magnets.
The movement of crouching down and stretching up the body was inspired by yoga movements.
By using the whole body to do something as simple as switching on a light, it slows your movement and makes aware of your body and presence.
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