Light and shade: Lamp emulates lunar eclipse

26 : 06 : 2013 Engineering : Ferreol Babin : Lunaire

France – Lunaire, a wall lamp created by French artist Ferréol Babin for Italian lighting specialist FontanaArte, imitates the motion of a lunar eclipse as the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow.

The lamp’s design gives users control over its brightness. A small front disc containing the light source is positioned inside a larger concave aluminium diffuser. By pushing a metal stem in the centre of the small disc, users can choose different effects, from a soft backlit glow to strong direct lighting, creating a diverse range of moods.

The designer says it was important to have ‘non-intrusive shapes, to place light as the main character’. ‘There is an attractive sensation when you stare at a celestial phenomenon, that you can’t measure or touch,’ says Babin. ‘You feel caught by it.’ 

The lamp mixes science and engineering with emotion, inspired by the artful qualities of celestial activity. For more, read our Lunar Grace design direction.

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