THE LUMINARIUM IS A MOTORIZED WORK LAMP THAT RUNS IN 12-HOUR CYCLES, MIMICKING DAWN TO SUNSET.
Young Milanese designer Stefano Pertegato became fascinated with the effects of artificial light during his final year at Politecnico di Milano. “Natural daylight provides resetting cues,” he explains. “Constant, extended stimuli in the background, like the slow play of light and shadows during the day, bring restorative benefits from directed attention fatigue, reducing cognitive stress and improving concentration.” Pertegato wondered if a simple lamp could recreate the effect, recalibrating our bodies to produce serotonin at normal cycles. His thesis project, a kinetic lighting system called The Luminarium, attempts to do just that.