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REi (ray) Huggable

 - Mar 19, 2007
References: dianalindesign & daruiyo.blogspot
REi Huggableâ„¢ is a great product for everyday use. It provides a great sense of warmth and security when held. REi Huggableâ„¢ can be used as an accent ambient lighting and also as a comforting cushion. It can also be a great night light for those who likes a warm light for a good night of sleep. In addition, it is also a great sunshine alternative that will uplift people's mood year round for those suffering from S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder), which comes from the lack of exposure to natural sunlight. The usages of REi Huggableâ„¢ are only limited by people's imaginations.

The inspiration of the REi Huggableâ„¢ design is of sunlight. The comforting rays of the sun are shared by people around the world. It is the essence of people's everyday lives. Sunlight not only represents warmth and light, it also creates happiness, joyfulness, playfulness, intimacy and life. However, people often take this for granted, missing the sunlight only when it is unavailable. The concept is to create a light that captures the essences of sunlight as a reminder, condensing it into something that people can create a close relationship with. The word REi, of REi Huggableâ„¢, comes from the sound of the word ray as the ray of sunlight. The word also promotes RE-inspiration from the sun.

REi Huggableâ„¢ is constructed of a furry pillow cover wrapped around a series of LED lights embedded within silicone bubbles. The idea is to use the properties of the silicone material to act as a diffuser for the LED lights. The silicone's natural material color is translucent white and when lit with warm white LED lamp, it creates a very warm and comforting glow that represents the sunlight. The tactic material of silicone mimics that of a living creature that almost hugs back at you as you hold it; as well as its ability to absorb body heat, allowing it to be warm to the touch. The shape and material for the lighting pillow cover encourages people to touch, hold and bond with REi Huggableâ„¢.

This is the first product launched by Diana Lin Design LLC. It won the bronze prize for the 18th Koizumi International Lighting design competition in 2005. REi Huggableâ„¢ has also been published in numerous international magazines and design blogs.