.PANGLOSS WAS AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DESIGN PROCESS. I ENCOURAGED EVERY DESIGN DECISION TO BE INFLUENCED BY CYNICISM
Cynicism has always been a powerful force in my life. From the films I watch, to the music I listen to, to the books I read; cynicism colours everything. With Pangloss I wanted to prove that far from being a destructive, backwards facing force, cynicism could be used productively, as part of the design process to create a positive outcome.
This led to the creation of “Pangloss”, a new synthetic material that emulates the poetry of growth, in plastic.
A laboured, error-filled production method with a temperamental, homemade rotational moulder resulted in errors and imperfections in the material created. These errors far from detracting, added to the story of its creation, and added to its emotional value.
FLIPLIGHT CREATES MULTIPLE QUALITIES OF LIGHT TO REFLECT THE MULTI-FUNCTIONALITY OF THE MODERN BATHROOM.
The bathroom is a unique room in the house. It provides a sanctuary from which even family and partners are excluded.
We perform more tasks, and spend more time, in the bathroom than ever before. This told me that there was a need for an adaptable bathroom light. The problem with adaptable lights is they need adapting, manually.
It is very difficult to disassociate light, from electricity. Just as it is very difficult to disassociate the bathroom, from water. And psychologically electricity and water shouldn’t mix. It creates anxiety.
I created FLIPLIGHT to relieve the anxiety of interacting with an electrical object in a room that is so connected with water. No fiddly switches, no dimmers. For me these gestures signify electricity. I wanted an analogue gesture, something as far removed from traditional electric switches as possible, but still intuitive.
Combined with a pivoting back-plate, many different qualities of light are enabled.
It can produce a focused light, an ambient light or a task light. This mirrors the multi functionality of the modern bathroom.