Folding Light? No I am not talking about Interstellar—although if you have not yet seen Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of the space-time continuum, it comes highly recommended. I am talking about something much easier to grasp. Actually grasping it triggers a built-in dimmer. Ok, ok enough with the delays—it's the Eliza Light.
Wesley Meyer, an American-born resident of London is the creator of the Eliza Lamp. Having grown up in New Mexico, much of his fascination with light can be attributed to its rocky landscapes that curl and bend natural light. ”My projects try to find the common ground between art, graphic design and product design”, says Meyer. He has helped design shared workspaces to skyscrapers, and now he comes to the crowdfunding community of Kickstarter for his latest endeavor.
The LED lamp Eliza Light has an origami inspired design made from folded brass, which in effect gives the emitted light a smooth geometric sculpture to fold around. Meyer actually used paper for the original prototypes, folding them in different configurations until he reached what is now the Eliza Light.
"Eliza is a companion light. She's there to help make any activity more enjoyable. The world has too many tasks and too many task lights. I wanted to make something that was about the happiness we enjoy from light itself."
The Eliza Light is sensitive to touch and can be turned on, off, or dimmed by touching any one of its surfaces. It also turns on to its lowest light setting as your hand approaches (for easy finding in the dark). The LEDs can produce light for up to 30,000 hours, and the lamp is powered via a Micro USB cable. The ensemble is designed in London and hand-crafted in the United States.
“The lamp's operation is as sophisticated as its outward appearance”, touts Meyer in a press release. I agree. The lamp is perfectly designed for the ultra-modern New York City loft with brick walls and exposed conduit, yet is soft enough to be a night light on a child’s bedside table. "I really wanted that moment where you interact with the light to be elegant and simple," he notes.
There is an overwhelming amount of lamps and light sources on the market. This is partly due to the commercialization of home décor and department stores, but also in part to the demand for unique products that resonate with their owners. Crowdfunding is a marketplace entirely composed of new and unique products that have not (as of yet) hit mass production. Eliza Light is one such manifestation.
However, it is not about the lamp alone. Meyer has a broader scope in mind explaining that "the Eliza Light is more about a design language than a one-off product". He alluded to other light sources that could benefit from the enhancements in Eliza Light, but I get the impression that his sight is on further- reaching spaces and designs, rather than lamps.
Folding light? Now you know what it is, and that POPs.
Eliza Lights’ Kickstarter Campaign
Eliza Light’s Website