Standard lighting (as well as many mood lights) provides an artificial, characterless and ultimately unstimulating and sterile experience. The stimuli light looks at improving personal wellbeing by enabling its owners to stay more in touch with aspects of their surroundings during the course of their busy lives. The Stimuli light draws inspiration from the behaviour of plants and how they respond to changes in their environment such as sunlight exposure, moisture and temperature. The Stimuli light is a responsive lighting system whose shape and light output sensitivity alters in response to environmental changes including ambient light intensity, temperature and humidity of an environment local to the light or remotely monitored. The device communicates changes in its immediate surroundings using semantics associated with changes in colour, movement and shape. The differing effects of the light creates an atmosphere reflective of the subtle changes happening around it - a live representation of several chosen elemental factors, thus giving more character, interest and life to the immediate surroundings.
Since graduation in 2008, Chris has freelanced and worked with consultancies on a range of design and engineering projects, including the engineering of kinetic sculptures, the systems design of large scale light instillations, and the commercialization of products for mass production including his own graduate project with Brunel University. Recently his personal and collaborative work has focused more towards humanitarian issues. His passion for design and all things mechanical, in particular, comes from a lifetime of building things. His 'hands-on' approach to design has brought to life many unusual pieces of experimental design. In 2009, one of his projects became a nominated finalist in the “Index: Design to improve Life” award and is now part of the award’s world touring exhibition. Chris received his design education between San Francisco State University in California and Brunel University in London and from which he graduated with a BA in Industrial Design and Technology. Later this year (2010), Chris will be pursuing postgraduate studies in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art in London. For more information please visit www.chrisnatt.com