Project Brief

How might lighting for our homes connect directly with ourwellbeing, mood and emotion, the way that natural light does over the course of the day? How can light help us focus,relax, transition, wake up, wind down, savor the moment, read for relaxation or even rest?

Project Timeline

May - Aug 2021
Initial design development & prototyping
Sep 2021 - Current
Continuing development to be manufacture-ready

In ancient times, human build their rhythm of life based on the change of seasons, sunrise and sunset.
We also have smaller scale of rythms. Take a deep breath, feel the cool air coming in and the warm air coming out, that forms a mini cycle.
Now we are living in a time that’s more chaotic than ever.
As we went further in the pursuit for efficiency, the notion of rythm became a passive choice made by all the responsibilities that we carry.
Revolve is a wall light that help us anchor ourselves among the chaos.
It is a soft and subtle rhythm reminder.
The changes of color are happening real-time with the change of position of the led light source.
Everytime you look at the light, you always see it anew.
configuration 01
configuration 02
revolve is designed for those who
spend large amount of time in the
same environment.
For college student who lives in dorm, or in a shared apartment, revolve is a synchronized portal to their mystical inner world.
For people who work from home, revolve is a gentle reminder of rythm and balance between work and life.
For roommates who live together, revolve is a dynamic painting that build up the atmosphere in the public living space where they gather and chill together.
The design process started with analysis on people’s relationship with space, time and activities.
Inspired by the research, I started wondering if there could be a portal that lead to another space for them to escape from a confined room, to take a break once in a while.
Having this question in mind, I started a journey experimenting with light to create surreal, ephemeral graphic movement.
Light Quality Studies
Dynamic Lighting
These experiments were full of surprises and unexpected color changes. Moving towards product prototyping, I began to look for ways that would bring these dynamic changes in a more confined environment while reserving the magic.
Prototype 1.0
issues / questions:
how to make it roate nicely? if only using bearing, user would always need to rotate the disc by themselves to see the color changes. But the good thing is, it can stay at any angle.
If the led module were to roate, how would the wires move?
Prototype 2.0
issues / questions:
how to install it on the wall?
how to make it rotate automatically? Should I make it rotate automatically or make it manual?
What LED works best?
Prototype 3.0
issues / questions:
plate holder is too thin to be completely flat
had trouble assemble the plate because of size
ribs interfere with screw position
shaft is too thin to hold the rotation movement
unable to fit acrylic into the frame
Prototype 4.0
issues / questions:
wire placement - need to cut groove on the shaft
wire slip ring not rotating smooth enough - bigger hole on the frame
not enough space between acrylic and led holder - lower placement of the plate holder
plate holder not fitting with the bearings
difficulty placing wire - shorter cap for wire groove
difficulty placing acrylic - smaller acrylic
Prototype 5.0 is currently under development
stay tuned :D
Special thanks to:

Daniel Gottlieb
Iris Lu
Tim Li
and Taobao vendors..!!
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