2020 / Lund University / Collaboration with Axel Engström
Handi is a portable task light designed for activity based workspaces where people and interior arrangement are in constant flux.
The brief was to design and manufacture a battery powered lamp using a single LED. Since it didn’t specify any context the first thing we did was to identify a context and user scenario in which a wireless LED lamp would make sense. We decided to focus on activity based workspaces since it’s an environment in which a portable task light would be useful.
We started by visiting three activity based workspaces in Malmö to learn about the context we were designing for. After that we engaged in an iterative design process where we worked extensively with rough prototypes and sketches to generate and test ideas. Once we had settled on a direction we gradually transitioned to CAD and 3D printing which allowed us to further refine the design. Finally we produced a high fidelity working prototype.
Activity based workspaces, offices where workers don’t have dedicated desks, are growing in popularity. These spaces are designed to create opportunities for a variety of workplace activities from focused work to meetings, presentations and socializing. Flexible furniture like rolling chairs, tables and whiteboards are essential to these spaces since the interior arrangement is subject to constant change. The lighting however is mostly fixed or impractical to move which is not an ideal for a space that is supposed to be flexible.