Rainbow Machine

So unexpected. It did not exist in the world until now. It is its own language and typology. This ray of sunshine injects joy into space, in fact it creates its own spatial dynamic wherever it goes. A curiosity for all ages. Impossible to fault.

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Rainbow Machine

Designers : Sarosh Mulla, Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh, Patrick Loo
Status : Completed 2019
Awards : -Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Award - Purple Award for Overall Spatial Category
-Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Award - Gold Award in the Exhibition, Colour, Light categories

Rainbow Machine is an immersive experience of natural light through interactive play. The design allows children and adults to create rainbows by harnessing natural light. It connects design, art, science, engineering and innovation to create an ephemeral moment in saturated colour. Light is one of the fundamental elements that we all need to exist, yet often we do not comprehend, much less give any thought to, its true value within our daily lives. Rainbow Machine enables the participant to playfully perceive and capture the essence of light and its colour spectrum through physical activation.

It invites the user to create rainbow patterns through the manipulation of an adjustable prismatic viewing cone. The user pivots the cone towards the sun, using two geared wheels (large and small). When the right angle is struck natural light is passed through a series of prisms and mirrors at the top of the cone, which refract the light to produce a rainbow. The user is able to gaze and admire the transformation that is taking place in front of them. The interior cone provides a darkened surface for the colour spectrum while creating a space where one can focus on the rainbow effect without distraction. By setting the cone at differing angles, a variety of unique projections will be created, highly influenced by the time of day and weather. Rainbow Machine provides an immersive environment that activates embodied learning for children prompting interaction between the child and caregiver, as questions of how and why this effect is achieved are raised.

 

Designers : Sarosh Mulla, Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh, Patrick Loo

Status : Completed 2019

Awards : -Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Award - Purple Award for Overall Spatial Category

: -Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Award - Gold Award in the Exhibition, Colour, Light categories