The special prize for work with integrated lighting solutions, sponsored by MENTOR for the first time this year, was presented to the designer Thomas Theling for his “Timelight – Interactive floor lamp and clock,” which was created during the first semester of his Master’s course at Dresden University of Applied Sciences. For the user, “Timelight” is intended to bring about conscious handling of light and a stronger relationship with the product. It combines the functions of floor lamp and clock in an archetypal design.
The jury decision said: “The issue of “product life cycle” shows responsibility in the handling of the abundance that leads to an increasingly rapid replacement of products. Design can counteract this, bringing about products that create an emotional tie. Through interaction with the “Timelight” clock/light, playful and deliberate handling is required and a personal relationship with the product is reinforced. The “two-in-one” functionality has a minimalist design, which is both aesthetically pleasing and playful.”
With the award of this special prize, MENTOR aims to support the VDID with its promotion of young talent and, at the same time, enthuse young designers about the wide range of possibilities that integrated light solutions can offer in the design of trend-setting products. Thomas Theling works as an independent industrial designer in Dresden. For more about him and his work, as well as more information about the VDID Newcomers’ Award 2017, see: