Olga Guera
Product design
Botanica
Series of interactive interior lighting
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product design concept
Artemide design contest
2014
Light plays a crucial part in the interior. Baroque chandeliers, vitrage Tiffany, weightless Artemide – all the time lighting design is in-demand. Apart from the main illuminating function it has an aesthetic function: correctly chosen lighting ensures harmony in the interior, either concert hall, or living room.
How an idea of a mechanically controlled light emerged
Muji living
Muji living
The idea was to create a lighting system, which would interact with the human in a mechanical way, to start a conversation between person and object.
In a modern world we interact with electronics every day. Every time we enter our house we turn the lights on. It is such a natural and familiar action that has almost turned into a reflex. We are familiar with what a light switch is and how it should look like and we perfectly know what is going to happen when we use it: we push the button and the lights turn on. We don't need to approach the light at all. Even floor and table lamps have a switch connected to a stand or a shade. Lamps are usually considered as static objects while the appearance (emerge?) or disappearance of light - as a command: turn on/off, brighten/darken, fade away before the sleep.
Shape search and bionics
It is very important that a modern house is not only smart but also has its soul. This is how I came up with a concept of interaction (relationship) between people and things. The main idea for this interaction is to have a constant dialogue between a human and an object that should help changing a consumerism approach to products. This personal interaction should lead to a much more sensible way of using things.
I used a curtain principle - the more it is folded, the less light can go through.
Kvadrat ready made curtain by Bouroullec brothers
Kvadrat ready made curtain by Bouroullec brothers
Fruit's sections
Fruit's sections
The light should be spreader in every direction, that's why spheric shape is ideal.
The prototype – an apple section and it's seeds bag.
botanica lamp kinematic movement scheme
Kinematic movement scheme
Due to the complexity of the mechanism, the shape itself should be very simple, like Japanese paper lanterns.
Japanese paper lanterns, chochin 提灯
botanica lamp design concept
Sketches
botanica lamp construction elements sketch
Construction elements. The importance of unified elements
Materials

Simple in use, durable, long lasting, easily cleaning, non dusty – these are the main requirements for the materials.
Paper is beautiful and easy folding, but not durable enough, fabric collects duct, glossy plastic is easily worn out.
Base and inner part
Steel bar,
metal or plastic arcs,
plastic gear,
flexible OLED panel.
Translucent part
Silicone central part,
Translucent leaves are made from pressed unwoven fiber.
Construction elements
Three types of light: floor lamp, torchere and pendant light.
Due to the unified construction of elements, various shapes can be developed. The minor changes will be in leaves' shape, length of arcs and central bar.
botanica floor lamp 3 stages of lighting
Floor lamp: 3 stages of lighting
The shape moving leads the changing of light intensity.
botanica torchere 3 stages of lighting
colourful botanica torchere render
Botanica
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