Dynamo Design


Argh! I will be in Berlin until June 2nd! This means I will miss this fantastic event: the DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2009.

I would love to see inspiring products such as Karin Johansson’s Dynamic lamp, wireless and ecologic, which I found on the interesting DesignSpotter website. It reminds you while using it, that you are saving our planet. I like also Johansson’s presentation of the product, herebelow. I strongly believe in metissage, and the metissage of light, globe and bike is incredibly effective and inspiring.

»Design has become the most powerful tool with which man shapes his tools and environment (and, by extension, society and himself).«

This was written by designer and educator Victor Papanek (1927–1999). He became a strong advocate of the socially and ecologically responsible design of products, tools and community infrastructures. He disapproved of manufactured products that were unsafe, showy, maladapted or essentially useless.

Karin Johansson’s lamp would have been appreciated by Papanek. It transforms kinetic energy to light, through a dynamo placed inside the globe. As you spin it, it glows. Johansson explains:

“The dynamo has fascinated me since before I knew what it was. I fell asleep to the sound of it when I was two years old sitting on the back of my mother’s bike.

My ›Dynamic Lamp‹ is a part of the wireless society. It doesn’t need any power supply or batteries, it just works with your own energy. It is based on the idea of producing your energy where you are, instead of transporting it in all directions across the earth. The sole by-product is exercise”.

The 7th edition of DMY International Design Festival “Same same, but different” will kick off in June. Showcasing works by internationally acclaimed designers as well as reveilling prototypes by the young talent the festival this year especially focuses on design that makes a difference. Presenting three huge main exhibition zones next to a varied program of lectures, panel talks, performances and parties the festival itself tries to change the city at least for five days.

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