Since the start of SHADE and the development of the Orb, a lot of thoughts have been put into the different aspects of natural and artificial light in order to create the best outcome for future usage. We started by comparing standard lamps in today's households to analyze the strengths and purposes of these light sources. Quickly, it became very clear that lamps in our daily use are mostly designed and produced in a way to light up specific zones as seen in the drawing below.
The differentiation of lamps with light outcome in a upper, middle, and lower zones is an important characteristic in the purchase decision. These different zones define the usefulness of a lamp and its application.
"Today's lamp designs are based on the outcome of the light"
After defining the three zones in different lamps, we started to brainstorm about a design that would be able to include all of these zones in one lamp, enabling one product to do what three other products can do individually.
Endless reiterations of shapes and sizes later, we finally settled on a round approach, which gave us the highest amount of freedom in the outcome of the light.
The next question concerned the form of the Orb, making sure that the different zones are designed based on their purpose and estimated usage. Starting with a circle and slowly flattening it towards ovality seemed reasonable to ensure a great warm or cold light from the upper and lower zones and a concentrated color on top of that in the middle zone.
The final design of the Orb was born and we went on to actual hardware prototypes for testing the functions and features in reality.
We will introduce the finished prototypes with real product shots next week, so stay tuned for the first imagery of SHADE's Orbs.