These Lamps Display Time As An Accumulation Of Light
The first of a line of products that use time as design inspiration, Lightweights visually represent intervals of time from seconds to centuries
Lightweights are a series of prototype fixtures combining light and time. They’re the first products from a new company called Gradual that debuted at the 2018 Collective Design Fair in New York City.
Lightweights are minimalist cylindrical columns that display minutes, hours, days, years and centuries as accumulations of light. Think of them as the modern interpretation of the old sand hourglass. Their design however, blurs the line between light fixture and clock.
The columns are created from layers of paper separated by a light-transmitting plastic. Some of the lamps are separated by metal bands into segments representing different units of time. Each of the fixtures is driven by a separate computer clock. A series of internal LED lights displays the passing of time as animated drips or a slowly rising column of light from bottom to top. As time passes, the amount of illumination of each fixture increases.