From Function to Affection
This project was part of an initiative by Design Junction called 'A Child's Dream' in partnership with Anglepoise and Teddy’s Wish, a charity that raises funds to aid research into the causes behind SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), neonatal death and stillbirth and support grieving families.
Paul Cocksedge has created an interactive piece, using the human-like features of the Anglepoise lamps - their heads and jointed limbs.
The lights only come on when the two heads touch each other, and whichever way you position them for that touch, it will stir a visual memory of a child nuzzling up to its mother. It can be seen not only with humans, but across the natural world: two swans with their necks entwined, giraffes gently touching heads, a baby bear seeking protection with its mother.
This reconfiguration of the classic Anglepoise taps into the imagination whereby everyday objects take on human attributes, in this case to embody a gesture of caring and affection that is universal.
Commissioned by Anglepoise
Photography: Mark Cocksedge