An Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) is a thin, electroluminescent film made out of an organic compound that emits light when an electrical current is introduce to it. It is a unique lighting technology because OLEDs are very thin with even illumination across the entire surface. Philips Color Kinetics, an innovative LED manufacturer, developed a new OLED technology and was looking for a way to show it off.
PCK asked Tool to conceptualize, design, engineer and prototype an interactive lighting system that exploited the thin profile and demonstrated the benefits of the OLED technology as well as hinted at future application possibilities. After exploring a wide range of form factors, applications and scenarios, Tool and Philips Color Kinetics arrived at a clear direction.
The final concept comprises an OLED inside of a thin housing that appears to float inside of a larger, wall mounted reflector. The OLED is actually mounted to the reflector by a vertical hinge, and it swivels 30° in either direction. As a user engages with the OLED by rotating it manually from side to side, a potentiometer inside the hinge registers the movement and changes the color of the light based on its position. The engineers at Tool created a total of nine OLED fixtures which are arranged in a three by three square. The display was unveiled at LIGHTFAIR International 2013.