Trace, Recycling solar energy as ambient light by Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson
Published on October 9, 2012
Gionata Gatto of Studio Atuppertu and Mike Thompson combined photoluminescent pigments with polyurethane to make “Trace”. The outdoor lamp series convert waste energy into visible light. Made for Transnatural Art & Design label.
The Trace series of outdoor lamps sees designers revisit the same theme as last year’s Trap Light, this time with a completely new material investigation and design. Using photoluminescent pigments in combination with polyurethane rubbers, hand-made photoluminescent skins are developed to convert waste energy back into visible light. As darkness descends, a ghostly trace of light is revealed as the high concentration of photoluminescent pigments radiate recycled light energy as an intense, ambient glow. Trace S and Trace M, are charged either by the provided LED 5Watt light bulb or natural solar energy. Harnessing the natural power of the sun’s rays, and indeed any light in close proximity, Trace L shuns the use of electricity altogether, creating an intense ambient glow from recycled sunlight.