WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

Blown Glass Time-Light using bioluminescence as a light source

The project

Blown Glass Time-Light using bioluminescence as a light source.

THE CHALLENGE
A fully sustainable production of light, giving an analogical escape from electricity and the digital world. Approaching our planet by being actively and respectfully part of it. Designing a lamp that invites us to experience a moment of harmony and connection by contemplating time through a living light, in the dark. 

THE SOLUTION
A sculptural blow glass time-lamp that uses bioluminescence as a light source.  We Are Not In This Alone converges the fluid of the sea, with the hot fluid of the glass, which results in a transparent unique shape, creating a strong and delicate bond between the content and the container.  It is a powerful contemplative tool that allows us to experience the beauty of nature through a unique encounter between biology, technology, and craftsmanship. There is no Light without motion. There is no Time without Light. Through the specific designed shape of the glass, we control the movement and design time.
 

AS A CEREMONY (Germany)

AS A CEREMONY is a lighting design duo based in Berlin. They work as lighting planners, researchers, and lighting product designers. AS A CEREMONY collaborates with architects, designers, and artists in the lighting field.

ARCAM-GLASS (France)

Arcam-Glass produces contemporary glass creations for designers, artists, architects, and private individuals. They support their clients from the research phase to the installation of the work, assisting them through every step of the creative process.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

The project started as a research on the sustainable ways of producing light.  We wanted to investigate the boundaries of sustainability within the domain of lighting, so we started to study the so-called sustainable lamps and bulbs and soon we realized that there is not real sustainability in the use of LED or solar batteries. The environmental impact of anything we do as designers is unquestionable. 

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

We wanted to explore a natural way of producing light, a real sustainable source and we rediscovered bioluminescence as a natural light phenomenon. By studying the phenomenon, we learnt that there is no emission of light without movement, and movement means time. So, we understood the deep bond between time, nature and light. There is no light without motion and there is no time without light and as a consequence, our lamp then had to be a time-lamp!

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

The main challenge was to find a way to analogically induce the movement without the use of any engine or electrical pump, which is why we came up with the idea of using gravity to generate the motion needed for our algae to shine. By doing this, we also define a strong bond between the microorganism, the light and the humans.

THE COLLABORATION:

Thanks to the help of worth we established a successful collaboration with Arcam glass. We worked together on the design details and different production techniques to give the algae the best possible shelter that could – on one hand, protect them and guarantee the best living conditions and on the other one induce their movement and defining the time.  Building together a multidisciplinary team has been not only of a big value for us but also quite challenging. We got to learn how to design with the glassblowing process and all its complexity resulting in a beautiful glass sculpture that protects, contains and allows our lamp to shine.

THE FUTURE:

We Are Not In This Alone is part of an ongoing research project that sees bioluminescence as an alternative light source and how it can be incorporated in our future daily lives. With the help of WORTH the project is ready to be experienced and tested as a first step of the ongoing development. In the future, We can imagine incorporating new forms of bioluminescence to the study as well as new shapes of lighting objects to be part of a family of lamps that could become more and more accessible.

THE MESSAGE:

This project is our reminder that we are not alone on this Planet and that we are part of a chain, which we need to protect. It’s our tribute to our Planet and celebration of nature, reminding us that life on demand as we know it, is no longer sustainable and that a change must come.  We encourage collaborative work as a principle, both between species as humans and between professionals as designers.  The strength and the value of this project lies on the respect of nature, materials and other professionals. The shape and light resulting in our design is a consequence of this approach based on mutual respect and care.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

The Vegan Sheep

The Vegan Sheep

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

SILENCIO

SILENCIO

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair