Squeezy Peasy

Squeezing is such a familiar gesture rooted in everyday life. In addition, there seems to be an inextricable relationship between squeezing and a sense of joy.

Driven by a fascination around this gesture, I was interested in imagining objects that could live in this world—objects which could seemingly come to life through the act of squeezing.

The table lamp increases in brightness the more it is squeezed, and dims when a plug at the back is released. With a similar gesture, the portable speaker increases its volume, and gradually quietens when it is set upright.

Castable polyurethane foam and silicone were used to prototype the squeezable components for the objects.

Development of a thin cylindrical pressure sensor that can detect pressure from all directions.

Following an open call by Wallpaper* for all young Singaporean designers to submit their ideas along the theme of “Wellness + Wonder”, the lamp was selected as part of 44 projects to be shown at the 2018 Handmade exhibition held in Milan and Singapore.

Wallpaper* August 2018︎, Wallpaper.com︎, DesignSingapore Council︎, The Business Times︎, Indesignlive.sg︎, NUS News︎

Wallpaper* Handmade Next Generation Singapore Designer︎

Wallpaper* Handmade: Wellness & Wonder, Milan Design Week 2018
Wallpaper* Handmade Retreat, Singapore Design Week 2018

Cover photo taken courtesy of Alberto Strada of the Wallpaper* team.

© 2020 Edmund Zhang