the Flower Lamp
Rather than simply problem-solving, design is referred to be problem-finding to arouse reflections and discussions amongst designers. The STATIC! project here poses an alternative that, upon dealing with energy crisis, instead of setting limitation of consumption, designers can lay emphasis on such issue simply by amplifying the presence of used energy; that is to say, to make energy visible and tangible enough to announce its existence.
As a resulted project involved, the Flower Lamp was carried out for the same purpose. Only if the energy usage in the whole household is under control in a reasonable range does the lampshade blooms as a flower, which could then be seen as a sign and a reward as well. By rewarding energy behaviors, the lamp means to affect users’ habit about energy consumption.
Despite the impressive blooming moment, while being judged by defamiliarization and estrangement, the lamp itself ,somehow, seems somewhat so direct that is not enough to be depicted as poetic. Nevertheless, the Flower lamp itself can still be considered as not merely a object as discourse but also a critical practice that poses a question towards energy crisis.