Xtension (Multifunctional Light) by andrea cingoli
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Award Winner
Architecture and inspiration travel hand in hand. In this case the basic mechanism was inspired by the objects I saw used to make damaged buildings stable during repairs after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. The same mechanism allows one to extend a light from 1500 mm to 3000 mm allowing it to be put in any household room. There is also the possibility of creating larger versions for commercial purposes.
Xtension is the first completely adjustable lamp in all its forms. It can extend and retract and be fastened to uneven surfaces thanks to its spherical latch points. This makes it capable of become a living object in one’s decor. When installed in a cluster it can become an element of communication, since its LEDs are programmable. Thus it becomes a signal light saying what is going on behind a door,like if a washroom is occupied, or indicate directions of intended travel. The combinations are limitless and can also be applied to art. All attached variables can be controlled via cell phone app.
Design Challenges
My research was to give a more interesting and pleasing form, poetic almost, to a project that seems to conclude naturally with the technological development. The materials, the dimensions and the choice of functions and technologies to include are all critical to the objective, alongside creating and intelligent object by form and high tech content. The tech here is a function, not the essence of xtension: not just a lamp but a different way of decorating.
Production Technology
The body is in aluminum and steel with a brushed or polished finished. The 3 rails allow the lights to extend and retract. The light sources are 3 LED strips on the outside and a LED bar in the inside. The LED can dim and are rgb. The rotating heads at the extremities are in chromed or brushed steel. The extremities also house the electronics that regulate the LED with a remote Bluetooth connection.
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