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Brief Published: 18 Jul 2016

Interactive Lighting: New Gestures

Léon light by Lewis Power

Designed by Northumbria University graduate Lewis Power, the interactive Léon light encourages new gestural behaviours for controlling illumination.

The user adjusts the intensity of the wall-leaning light by lifting or lowering their hands above a horizontal bar, which rests on top of the light’s legs. The bar houses proximity sensors that control the hue and brightness of the light according to the user’s movements.

Removing the conventional on/off switch or dimmer dial brings a more intangible experience to controlling light. The hand gestures reflect the immateriality of light, and give the user a more connected relationship and sensitivity to the lighting.

A wave of interactive, adaptive and programmable designs are delivering efficient and ambient illumination – see more in our recent report Intelligent Light.

Meanwhile, our A/W 17/18 Design Direction Indicate calls out to the energised consumer who demands enhanced functionality from today’s products. Smart and intuitive tweaks on everyday designs respond to the time-pressed individual seeking agile ways to live, work and play.

Leon was spotted at the New Designers graduate show in London (July 6-9, 2016) – see our highlights from last year’s event.