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Brief Published: 21 Jul 2017

Lamp Imitates Natural Light Indoors

Dutch designer and engineer Leslie Nooteboom has created a series of algorithmically generated moving images that imitate the dynamic nature of natural light for an ethereal and calming lighting solution.

Called Komorebi, the table lamp-style object features a projector that beams subtly changing light patterns onto the walls of a room, mimicking the appearance of natural light streaming in through a window. As it is programmable, the light can change shape and location, interacting with its environment for a natural and serendipitous feel.

The projections are randomly generated by an algorithm, although certain aspects – including colour and brightness – can be controlled via an accompanying app.

There are three projection styles to choose from: light filtering through leaves, reflection of light on water and “dappled light”, which has small moving circles that alter in intensity and brightness. Users can also create a light playlist depending on their mood and preferences.

Created during his studies at London’s Royal College of Art, Nooteboom’s project was based around his research on the correlation of people’s happiness and the amount of natural light in their urban homes.

As previously highlighted in The Business of Wellbeing: Transformative Spaces, the quantity and quality of natural light is crucial to people’s general health and wellbeing, with many designers looking for innovative ways to artificially replicate or enhance it.