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Wilhelmina Crolius

MA work

MA work


The natural experience of light is anything but static. It shifts, the sun chases across the sky, clouds and weather patterns change; influencing color, angle and intensity of light. AVAST is the first smart lighting system that connects where you are globally with local weather conditions; bringing the natural experience of light movement back into our lives.

When the weather is cloudy and there is a greater chance of precipitation, AVAST opens, enabling more light to filter out during low-pressure systems. While during high-pressure systems, when the sun is out and skies are clear, AVAST will sink down and close its sails, cueing the user to take full advantage of the natural sunshine. Designed to be responsive and deliberate, AVAST creates moments of delight for the user while not being overly noticeable.

AVAST proposes we stop shutting nature out. Instead, it looks to harness local weather patterns; embrace the uncontrolled; and move forward to a brighter future.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • I am a design catalyst; a catalyst causes or accelerates a reaction between divergent elements.

    I am that person who brings a diverse team together advancing ideas and facilitating collaboration while making space for creativity and fun within a project. As a design thinker I thrive on those moments of complete immersion within a topic, being creative while looking for sparks of inspiration, bringing that little extra magic to a project. Keeping an eye on the forest through the trees, pushing until suddenly all the pieces begin to fall into place and landing on a truly innovative design solution that I can be proud of being a part of.

  • Degrees

  • BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011