At the Babor Treatment Lounge on Humlegårdsgatan at Stureplan in the middle of Stockholm, the floating plant satellites are an obvious feature of all the available skin therapies. The dimly lit Babylone plant lamps is received by both customers and staff as calming. We know how different types of light intensity and colour temperatures affect our hormone production. However, the research on the emotional impact of light which is called Human Centric Lighting, is still in its early days. In the morning and evening, our daily rhythm is affected by low light intensity and colour temperature, we become more alert in the middle of the day when levels are significantly stronger. Until electric light became a matter of course, our working hours were controlled almost entirely by natural light. On the other hand, the fact that the electric light allows night work has been shown to affect people’s daily rhythm and sleep more than we thought. According to current research, light has a great complexity in how it affects our bodies. Nearly ten years ago, US researchers found a third receptor in the retina of the eye, so-called retinal ganglia cells, which only seem to measure blue light, thereby affecting the body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin and the alertness hormone cortisol. The light temperature, which we can now regulate on both smartphones and computers, also affects other human hormone production. Light fixture manufacturers such as Philips have therefore begun to research the emotional impact of light, not least with
HealWell, a hospital rehab project where light contributes to a faster recovery after various types of treatments and procedures. However, plants and humans use light in different ways. The upgraded version of Babylone has, as before, the well-tested dimmable LED module CLARA AC 24LED with a color temperature of 3000 K. Lifetime and temperature development are optimal thanks to a cluster of LED lamps without external drive.
Greenworks launched Babylone after a design fair in 2012 where French industrial designer Alexis Tricoire’s showed a similar fascinating prototype. A floating illuminated plexiglass shuttle with only one orchid or a miniature jungle where foliage breaks out through a number of openings. Alexis has made himself known for working with bright plants and whole plant decor that contributes to human well-being and a zen-like nature experience. In addition to the fact that he, like many children, built huts and clung to trees like a tree baron, he moved as a ten-year-old with his family to Brazil. When he was 20, he went on a hike and was fascinated by Amazon’s lush vegetation. The breakthrough became, after studies in Paris and Chicago, the collaboration with the French plant wall guru Patrick Blanc, when he was invited to contribute to his exhibition Folie Végétale. Babylone has now been upgraded by Greenworks with a tinted glass that gives a more accentuated lighting in many different environments.