Folding light is part of a series of interactive light sculptures that allow the users to manipulate the amount and quality of light radiating out from the center.
Starting out as a simple white cube, four of the corners are hinged in a way that allows you to neatly fold the sculpture in over itself. Doing so to any of the four corners reveals the architecture of the interior, which features a single energy efficient bulb housed in a light diffusing shield and surrounded by six horizontal yellow planes. The planes combined with the light diffuser soften the bulb to an effervescent glow, and demonstrate the nature of light by encouraging it to dance, reflect and refract off of its surroundings. These interactions become a game of sorts, as when you open up the corners the light further bounces off of the shell that once held it within and varies depending on how many of the corners you open, and how far they are rotated.
This design is based on many of Michael Jantzen’s other projects that explore new ways in which to re-invent the built environment through unexpected interactivity, which generates new forms and functions.