X-tension

Xtension is the first completely adjustable lamp in all its forms. It can extend and retract and be fastened to uneven surfaces thanks to its spherical latch points. This makes it capable of become a living object in one’s décor. When installed in a cluster it can become an element of communication, since its LEDs are programmable. Thus it becomes a signal light saying what is going on behind a door (like if a washroom is occupied) or indicate directions of intended travel. The combinations are limitless and can also be applied to art. All attached variables can be controlled via cell phone app.

Inspiration
Architecture and inspiration travel hand in hand. In this case the basic mechanism was inspired by the objects I saw used to make earthquake buildings stable (as I saw during repairs after the 2009 L’Aquila quake). The same mechanism allows one to extend a light from 150 to 300 cm allowing it to be put in any household room. There is also the possibility of creating larger versions for commercial purposes.

Technology and materials
The body is in aluminum and steel with a brushed or polished finished. The 3 rails allow the lights to extend and retract. The light sources are 3 LED strips on the outside and a LED bar in the inside. The LED  can dim and are rgb. The rotating heads at the extremities are in chromed or brushed steel. The extremities also house the electronics that regulate the LED with a remote Bluetooth connection.

Installation
The installation is the most interesting part of the project. The lamp can be a ceiling light, a floor lamp, a dividing light, an art object. Once the intended use is decided amd the object anchored, al the light parameters can be set via app: visual comfort, colour, static or dynamic light. These can all be progammed from your device. This makes extension not only a domestic object but one for public spaces as well.

Year

2016


Design team

Andrea Cingoli (concept & development)
Umberto La Sorda (modelling & rendering)


Client

Research



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