This design will ask you to give up your mobile device in exchange for office space light
The Balance lamp is a cleverly designed tabletop light. Inspired by the archaic balance scale, the lamp is unusable without leaving a counterbalance (in this case, an iPhone) on the other side of the pole. The lamp automatically turns on when a smartphone is placed on the receptacle.
On Balance Lamp’s page, the creator asks:
Technology has brought us a lot of convenience. But are we mentally ready for it? Why do we often find ourselves unable to concentrate, and distracted, for example, by smart devices?
The design tries to address the culture of distraction where smartphones play a key role. The lamp is made of wood and has a tripod stand. The lamp is pleasantly minimalist but the red cord gives it a designer touch.
The creator, Weng Xinyu, says that his lamp means making a choice between a well-lit and focused workspace or having a constant stream of interruptions without light.
Xinyu, although currently based in Berlin, comes from Zhejiang, China. He earned a degree in German studies from Beijing and proceeded to study at Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany, the birthplace of modernism in design.
The product designer focuses on creating interactive and emotional products. On his website, he says that his design process begins with several basic questions including “How can we prevent design from being the catalyst of our endless desire?” The Balance Lamp counters the current ethos of distractions which people have begun to crave. With the rise of social media and instant messaging, non-personal interactions have become accepted as valid forms of human interaction.
Xinyu’s graduation project “Good Medicine Tastes Bitter” bites into popular axioms. The project features a clock that saws itself in half, as if to literally “kill time.” It also features a picture frame that quite literally blurs memories as well as a lamp that turns itself off by moving a mechanical arm when not in use.