OS & OOS – Syzygy

syz·y·gy [siz-i-jee] In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used in reference to the Sun, the Earth and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations.

The Syzygy ‘clock’ takes the initial concept of a light inspired by the sun and celestial bodies and incorporates the added advantage of a light that reacts in real time to the changing light conditions of the environment. A small computer within the clock is responsible for reading the available light within the space it is placed within, but also works in combination with the idea of time; The ‘clock’ compensates in regard to the time of day. The afternoon is a flood of light and requires far less from artificial sources then in the evening or night, so the clock emits far less or nothing at all respectively, and if for example to find yourself under a storm cloud the Syzygy clock has light in reserve. The designers OS & OOS,  Oskar Peet (NL/CAN) and Sophie Mensen (NL) are both graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their office was founded in 2011 but has produced quite a number of projects.

Img. Eclipse
Img. Occultation
Img. Transit