Design for Urban Living

Sensing Time


Posted on March 25th, by David Bjorngaard in Elements, Inhabit, Knowledge. No Comments

photo 4On my desk at home sits one of my most prized possession. This is an inexpensive, white card board model designed to reflect the movement of natural light throughout the day and seasons.   The piece is intended to heightening our sensory experience of our environment…to help us connect with the spaces we occupy. Developed as part of my interior design thesis at California College of the Arts, the color and pattern of the piece is always changing, as is the light in our world. The folds glow red and orange at sunrise, bleach out at noon, show high contrast at 3 or 4, reveal the low winter sky and accentuate the high contrast summer sun. Scored and folded  to precise angles, the model literally acts as a sundial for San Francisco, aligned to the Summer and Winter Equinox.

Spring light at 9 a.m.

Spring light at 9 a.m.

Spring light at noon.

Spring light at noon.

One day I want to realize the design as an entire wall or facade, perhaps in concrete or metal. I would love to incorporate the design into a space where a heightened sense of place and time would be important: a home, spa or yoga studio, a church: some interior where quiet reflection and observation are encouraged. I would love it in the offices of a trading or tech company, giving the employees a sense of the physical world around them.

David Bjørngaard, March 2014

Developing the model at CCA

Developing the model at CCA

 





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