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Christina Catharina Friis Blach Petersen

MA work

LYS

My project, LYS, embodies the idea of personal lighting and I am suggesting that artificial lighting in the future will be connected to the human rather than to architecture.

One of the most important external factors influencing human wellbeing is the colour and intensity of light. Scientific research shows that exposure to the wrong colour and intensity of light at the wrong time of day has harmful effects on health. Our biological system requires a rhythmical change from cool/blue light during the day to warm/orange light in the evening. However, this is not how our modern urban environments are illuminated. Instead of following this natural rhythm, our indoor modern urban environments are lit by static standard light. As everyone has different individual circadian rhythms, as well as different needs and preferences, my project proposes a tailored and individual lighting solution.

LYS embody a machine learning system and takes the form of a light sphere. According to external inputs, the light sphere decides and emits a light-regime suitable for the user.

The final project featured in the show will represent ways of experiencing the physiological and behavioural changes that occur from different intensities and wavelengths of artificial light. To make users the objective of the project is to make users aware that the light they take in through their eyes has a direct effect on their internal system and the philosophy behind LYS is to regard light as a diet.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2016

  • Experimental, conceptual and innovative design is what I am passionate about. My drive lies in the simple solutions and inventions that have a great impact. My attention is to the aesthetic details of my designs and I have a strong interest in light and its ffect on human wellbeing. This topic has been a recurring area of exploration throughout my studies, and my design practice reflects ways of materialising the scientific research done in the field. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion, Kolding School of Design
  • Experience

  • Lead project designer, Copenhagen Business School, June –October 2015; Experimental product design internship, BLESS, Paris, March–June 2014; Inventor, ECCO, Bredebro, January 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Intel showcase with Mark Walport, Imperial College London, 2015; Imperial Festival, Imperial College London, 2015; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2015; Copenhagen Design Week, Copenhagen, 2011; Copenhagen Fashion Week, Design Museum Denmark, 2013
  • Awards

  • Pernod Ricard Commercial Project, 2015