Ingenious 'Flow' Lighting For The Third World By Igendesign
"The coastwise cities in South-America are busy and safe by day, but in the night they are abandoned and dangerous due to the lack of public lighting, as the grid cannot be transmitted to the shores," writes Hungarian industrial design firm Igendesign about the inspiration for 'Flow,' the firm's new public lighting design.
So Dániel Lõrincz and Alberto Vasquez, the founders of Igendesign, decided to solve the lighting problem using locally-sourced bamboo and applied physics. Bamboo is plentiful and self-regenerating along the beaches of South America and the physics relies on the principle of a vertical wind turbine, with the blades in a spiral to catch variable wind directions. Notice how the blades are cut out to "catch" the wind.
Add the electronics - the LEDs, wires, and a dynamo - and you have a perfectly functional, environmentally-friendly, eloquent public light.
Look at the many designs this spiral lighting can make, naturally, with the help of the wind.
The 'Igen' in Igendesign is Hungarian for 'yes.' The industrial designers who founded and joined Igendesign should expect a big yes for the Flow public lighting design from many countries, not only third world countries. Flow and other self-maintaining public lighting are low cost, low maintenance, and low footprint solutions to the reduction of overload on municipal electric grids. Besides... Flow is elegant in form, function, and beauty.