Light and space are becoming sought-after commodities. As the demand for offices rises, factors such as windows and natural ventilation are in danger of becoming an afterthought. The inner workings of a well-designed office most certainly affect our productivity levels and overall happiness, though artificial light still has its place. It seems like a simple task, but how can we make sure that all employees are able to experience the benefits of natural daylight?
Leslie Nooteboom is a London-based designer who is currently tackling the issue of natural light deficiency within the home and the workplace, as seen through his latest project, Komorebi – a lamp projector that meticulously replicates the effects of the sun.
The project emerged from his graduate collection from the Innovation Design Engineering course at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London; it’s an easy and programmable device that would ideally suit a basement space or attic studio – or any sun-lacking room, for that matter.
“The reason for developing Komorebi was to generate happiness in people’s homes,” says Nooteboom. “I interviewed people in bad quality housing, did experiments with people in cardboard boxes and found out that people really appreciated natural experiences – from a setting sun to the sound of rain on the window.”