Floor lamp The Sixth Sense – design based on the sixth sense

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The Sixth Sense floor lamp — it is the first lamp in the world developed under the influence of the theory of proprioception. A muscular sense that helps a person navigate in the dark, commonly called the “sixth sense”. The concept of the lamp received a number of prestigious international awards: Red Dot Awards – design concept 2022, Silver A & rsquo; Design Award 2022, DNA Paris Design Awards 2022 and Silver Muse award Design Awards 2022.

In search of inspiration We turned to the concept of the sixth sense. Since the ideas of only five systems of the sense organs are not actually scientifically confirmed. Scientists have repeatedly sought to explore other senses. And it's not about intuition. This sense of proprioception helps us position ourselves in space. In 2016, Alexander Chelser of the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, along with colleagues, uncovered the function of the PIEZO2 gene. It is associated with tactile sensations and coordination. A person whose PIEZO2 is in a normal state understands well where and how his body is located if he closes his eyes. For example, he will be able to touch the door in the dark. Conversely, people who have little or no PIEZO2 function cannot perform simple actions with their eyes closed, such as touching the tip of their nose with their hand. Therefore, we decided to develop a lamp with a lightweight control system and design so that a person can use it by touch, without seeing it and without diverting their attention from its activities. Regardless of the state of his PIEZO2 genes.

The Sixth Sense floor lamp

Wishing to create a lamp with a simplified control system and design, for people with different states of proprioception. We started with the base of the — it is made in the form of a cross, it is this shape that allows you to place the lamp in the most convenient place in the room: right next to the workplace, bed or sofa, and most importantly, it can be placed between different furniture, which is not allowed by standard designs in the form of a circle, rectangle or several legs floor lamp.

Further in the design of the luminaire, we decided to get rid of unnecessary details that may interfere with use. Therefore, the base is at the same time a single part of the electrical system of the floor lamp from where the wire comes out. To facilitate the control system, we placed the switches above the shades and not at the bottom of the lamp, so that they are located at the level of a person's outstretched arm when he is on a chair or armchair. Or at the level of a person's bent arm when he is standing. Moreover, in the floor lamp there are two shades with a moderate luminous flux. Each of which is included separately. Thanks to this, a person can select the level of lighting in just one or two movements, unlike certified switches, which require more time and attention to use.

When developing the production technology, we introduced some changes that were not foreseen at the initial stage. Firstly, we made the floor lamp collapsible in order to guarantee the integrity of its delivery and save materials for packaging, for the rational use of natural resources. We also originally wanted to make it in glossy black. But after the production of the prototype, they decided to change it to matte black with pebbles. To make it more pleasant to the touch and more practical to use.

The Sixth Sense floor lamp

Important attention We have paid to the development of switches, so that turning on and off is simple and pleasant, it is pleasant for a person to touch and hear a harmonious click. In addition, we initially decided to use LED boards so that a person does not have to change the light bulb. But in order for the LEDs not to be visible. We paid special attention to the quality of frosted glass. And also its durability, so that people can use it for many years, even if they move or change the zoning of the premises.

Based on the basic concept of the lamp, according to which it should be convenient for a person on an intuitive level. We have worked out scenarios for its use in detail. Firstly, a person can place it next to the desktop. In this case, a person can place it on the right or left, depending on whether he is right-handed or left-handed. And turn it on with your hand without taking your elbow off the work surface. Because We calculated the height of the switches and placed them at the top of the fixtures. In addition, thanks to this, a person can turn on one or two lamps without looking at him and without being distracted from a computer or a book. With the help of a special base, she can place it as close as possible to the work surface. Or place it between the furniture, if there is a bed or a wardrobe with legs next to the table. If it is used next to a sofa or armchair, it can be turned off at arm's length.

In the case of its use in the walk-through zones — for example in a hallway or hallway, it can also be positioned between furniture, even in the smallest spaces. And turning it off will also be easy, even when a person is standing, since the switches are at the level of a bent arm.

Interesting non-standard options for using the lamp are also possible. For example, you can use several lamps side by side, as close as possible, thanks to the base. And create partitions from them for zoning space. And interesting compositions for decoration.

The main interest in the study design was in the study of the theory of proprioception. This concept was introduced in 1890 by the scientist Charles Sherrington. Proprioception is necessary for a person to feel his body in some dimension, proprioceptors are involved. They are located on the skin, muscles and joints. After studying this theory, it was necessary to figure out how to put this information into practice, and specifically in the design of the lamp.  Therefore, We concluded that it is necessary for a person to be able to use it not with the help of 5 senses. But only with the help of 6 senses. This immediately changed the approach to design. Because we usually think that, for example, turning a device on and off requires eye contact to set it up. And in this case, we refuse it in favor of tactile control. To do this, the object itself must be as close as possible and this leads to a change in the design of the base.  And also leads to the fact that the control should be as close to the hand as possible. What does this have to do with different usage scenarios – when a person is sitting and standing. This leads to experiments on the prototype, taking into account different ages and heights of a person.

As well as to special requirements for the sensitivity of switches. And also to the need to get rid of any additional decor or structural elements that may make it difficult to find the switch by hand. So that a person does not have to look at the floor lamp and be distracted.

There was a big creative challenge during development. It was due to the fact that the lamp was developed as part of the study of the theory of proprioception. In order for the lamp to be controlled at the subconscious level, even without visual contact. This imposed many restrictions on its design and appearance. It was necessary to make a design that would be visually proportional, concise and relevant for modern interiors, taking into account all the technical features. We also wanted to create such an appearance of the lamp, so that it would remain relevant for many years and be suitable for different styles of interiors. This was due to the fact that this object was used a second time when changing the function of the room, or changing its style. To maximize its lifespan, for the rational use of the resources that were used in its manufacture. Also the challenge was the use of branding. So that it is not intrusive, but delicate, We used it on the basis.

Part of the creative challenge was to create not only in the original concept and technical parameters, but also to create a unique appearance. Since in minimalism this is a difficult task.

Tech. characteristics:

Type: Floor lamp, Color: Black, Lampshade material: Glass, Lampshade color: White, Armature material: Metal,
Power, W: 12, Number -number of lamps, pcs.: 2, Voltage: AC220_240, Degree of protection: IP20, Luminous flux, lm: 750, Color temperature, K: 3000, Color rendering index, RA: 80, Packing volume, m³: 0.10248 , Net weight, kg: 4.92, Warranty, years: 3
Lamp height: 1500, Width: 320, Length: 278, Shade diameter: 200.

Brand: Maytoni

Development team:

Designer: Alexey Danilin
Engineer: Nikita Morozov
Product managers: Natalia Danilova
Assistant product manager: Karim Tabishev

Visualization: Dmitry Cherednikov
Photo: Pavel Dunaev
Retouch: Vladislav Bukin

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