Art & Design: Nebula 12

Nebula 12 is a playful, weather-forecasting lamp by Swiss design studio Micasa Lab, which mimics expected meteorological conditions.

The lamp cleverly connects to a wifi-enabled, mobile device to check the weather for the following two days. This data then determines the form and color of the lamp, such as a large, grey cloud, which denotes overcast skies, a red cloud for low-pressure, or simply flooding the room with yellow light in anticipation of sunshine.

A cloud is created through a mix of hot water and liquid nitrogen, and held in place using a vacuum suction. Clever computer technology alters the color and brightness of the lamp to emulate a natural cloud.

In our In the Air: Plant Stories report we spoke about a new understanding of bio-mimicry (the science of emulating systems and patterns) for future design solutions. See our coverage of recent weather-inspired projects, such as Rain Room by rAndom International and Kinetic Rain by Art+Com.

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