Rotterdam-Based Designer Rolls Out Lamps to Help Reset Your Circadian Rhythm

In 2015, as a graduate student at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Eleonore Delisse decided to redesign the SAD lamp used by those with Seasonal Affective Disorder. While light therapy is an important treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD lamps are designed to get your body the light it needs with little regard to aesthetics. Enter the Day&Night light, Delisse’s lamps designed to regulate biological clocks.

The lamps—finally available through Kickstarter from Delisse and her design partner Laura Ferriere—are sold as a pair, so that you can use one during the day and one at night. Each of these lamps consists of a circular plate of colored glass and a wooden body—blue for during the day, red for night.

They don’t have an on switch; when you plug them in the first time, they run for six hours before turning off. After that first day, they’ll turn back on at the same time that you plugged them in originally. The designers recommend plugging the “Day” light in at 6 a.m., and plugging the “Night” light in at 6 p.m.

Colored light affects the sleep hormone melatonin. Blue light suppresses the hormone’s secretion, keeping you awake, while red light can help you sleep. So while the Day&Night lamps were originally designed to reset the biological clock to treat SAD, they can also just be used to get a better night’s rest.

If staring into a bright light can boost your mood, staring at a beautiful bright light might be even better. If you can’t afford the $700-plus lamps, there’s also a miniature version that reflects light from a tea candle. It may not have clinical benefits, but it’s certainly cute.

All images by Laurids Gallée via Kickstarter

Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture

The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

A plastic chair is surrounded by trash
Print Your City!

“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs

Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]


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