Interactive spaces Idea Generations part 2: Candles, More Candles.

Why Candles?

I think that Candles are really interesting, not only that they are visually appealing to watch as an therapeutic experience, they also produces smell depending on the nature of the candle, even extinguishing a candle produces a different smell. In short, a candle will utilize 3 out of the traditional five external senses which are sight, smell, touch but not hear and taste.

There are always meaning to everything and many objects have different meaning depending on the cultural context of the objects, However, candle have similar meaning across the globe as the candle symbolizes light in the darkness of life especially individual life, illlumination; it is the symbol of holy illumination of the spirit of truth.

There are festivals among different cultures around the world which uses candles as part of the “rituals”

Judaism – Hanukah, the ‘Festival of Lights’- a candle is lit for each of the 8 nights. Used to ward off evil spirits, life safe as long as candle burns

Hindu – Deepavali, spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Western Christian – Halloween, candles were carried from eleven til midnight, if the candle went out it was an evil omen, if it didn’t it meant one year free from witchcraft.

Mahayana Buddhism – the lighting of a candle or an oil lamp represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance.

 “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”


Main Idea

I want to play with the idea of Light and darkness which is the most common way to depict a candle, however the Project should incorporate a sense of aesthetic and should look nice and pleasant (Opinions on the matter vary from person to person) especially in the analogue stage.

Interactive spaces Idea Generations part 1

Idea 1: To Build a secret hideout for us to sleep in IM Room.

my initial idea was to build a structure that allows people to go up and as IM student, we could sleep there or rest there, since it would be really nice to place a bed on top and we could just go up and sleep during our free time. and this is part of my research to build the system, of if it gets too expensive, I might use the bamboo pole in the IM room to make a ladder since the height is 4meters tall, and a metal ladder is quite expensive in the first place. I also used a drone to check if it look like it is walkable or not, apparently it seemed like we could walk on it!

after the researches, I decided to try to inspect by climbing up once to make sure if it is walkable, as it might be a fake ceiling thing, in the end, I used a ball tied to a long pole and threw it onto the top to listen to the sound, it sounded really hollow with the dampen drum sound and I gave up this idea because I don’t want to vandalize the school by making a hole on top.

Bye my secret hideout.


Idea 2: scout around to find materials which are cheap and make sense for interactive spaces.

first, the place should have decent price range and generic product, and maybe carry some big items at cheap price. so 2 place came to my mind.

Daiso and Ikea.

all the above are from Daiso, so $2 each.


These were the ideas I drew down in Ikea.