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Lucy Norman

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In Search of Daylight

The human body has evolved over millions of years to be in tune with the light that comes from the sun. Too little sunlight can be as much of a problem as too much. Sunlight improves our mood and health by triggering the production of essential hormones that are critical for our body’s equilibrium.

Over the last 200 years, due to urbanisation and our change in lifestyle we now spend a higher percentage of time indoors – often subjected to a greater amount of artificial light than natural light. What if you could move your window throughout the day and harness more natural sunlight, becoming happier and healthier as a result?

'Sun Sill' is a device mounted under a window to automatically track and redirect sunlight indoors, which can then be reflected to wherever it is needed. This stolen sunlight maximises the health benefits of natural light and reveals the changing beauty of the sun’s light quality throughout the day while also reducing the reliance on electric lights that unbalance our natural bodily rhythms.

To compliment the 'Sun Sill's celebration of natural light, 'Sun Punch' is a set of prismatic glasses and jugs that create beautiful patterns of refracted light, shadow and rainbows. Mixing light patterns while mixing cocktails.

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  • Lucy Norman profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Products, 2013

    Specialism

    Platform 15

  • In Search of Daylight

    The human body has evolved over millions of years to be in tune with the light that comes from the sun. Too little sunlight can be as much of a problem as too much. Sunlight improves our mood and health by triggering the production of essential hormones that are critical for our body’s equilibrium.

    Over the last 200 years, due to urbanisation and our change in lifestyle we now spend a higher percentage of time indoors – often subjected to a greater amount of artificial light than natural light. What if you could move your window throughout the day and harness more natural sunlight, becoming happier and healthier as a result?

    'Sun Sill' is a device mounted under a window to automatically track and redirect sunlight indoors, which can then be reflected to wherever it is needed. This stolen sunlight maximises the health benefits of natural light and reveals the changing beauty of the sun’s light quality throughout the day while also reducing the reliance on electric lights that unbalance our natural bodily rhythms.

    To compliment the 'Sun Sill's celebration of natural light, 'Sun Punch' is a set of prismatic glasses and jugs that create beautiful patterns of refracted light, shadow and rainbows. Mixing light patterns while mixing cocktails.

  • Degrees

  • BSc (Hons), Product Design with Professional Experience, University of Brighton, 2007
  • Experience

  • Product designer, Lula Dot, London, 2007–13; Product and furniture design manager, Winther Browne, London, 2008–11; Designer (graphics, packaging and interior), Dane Bailey, London, 2005–6; Designer and model maker, Suck UK, London, 2005
  • Exhibitions

  • Santorini Biennale of Arts, Santorini, Greece, 2012; Kevin's Green Heroes at Grand Designs, Excel Centre, London and Birmingham, 2011; Light Works, Marsden Woo, London, 2010; Eco Home, Geffrye Museum, London, 2010
  • Awards

  • Runner Up, 100% Design Sustain Award, 2008; Winner, Best Overall Performance, Engineering Department, University of Brighton, 2007
  • Conferences

  • Start Up in Design, 3D Start Ups, Camberwell College of Art, 2011
  • Publications

  • Recycle: The Essential Guide, Lucy Sigle, Black Dog Publishing, 2010; The Sunday Age, Australia, 2010; Time Out, 2010; 1000 New Eco Designs and Where to Find Them, Rebecca Proctor, Laurence King Publishers, 2009