In 2009, together with Tom Allen, Marta Rodríguez Falcón and Yago Rodriguez, Christian founded The Emotion Lab, a collaborative exercise focused on research on the value of emotions in the design process, creating conceptual projects with huge international recognition. At The Emotion Lab they design more than objects; they generate and provoke emotions and product experiences which the user will never forget. They provide an innovative future design vision which enhances and builds brands.
The Emotion Lab was founded by four passionate designers from three distinct continents.
Tom Allen (Australia)
Christian Vivanco (México)
Marta Falcón (Spain)
Yago Rodríguez (Spain)
The creative industrial design studio, had a unique multicultural perspective stemming from diverse experiences, traditions and approaches. Creating meaningful, emotive experiences is vital for the success of a companies' products and services; for products which only satisfy usable, intuitive and functional considerations are no longer sufficient. Therefore we offer a simple, honest and functional approach to design, centred on the generation of rich, lasting emotions.
Their ideas responded to a deep observation of human behaviour and as a result we find solutions based on the present and future emotional needs of the user. They studied intangible links and continue investigating until they finded tangible solutions which improve the interaction and discourse between objects and people. Their objective was to make responsible proposals for our society, without losing the emotive aspect; searching for hope and solutions which point towards a better future.
Year / 2007 - 2010
“…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
The moon has been a guide and object of admiration and mysticism during thousands of years. Agriculture, fertility, tidal patterns, human behaviour and many other activities have been linked to the different moon phases. Moonwatch has been designed to establish a relationship between the moon cycle and a person’s emotional states. It’s a new concept of time based on nature which invites people to reflect upon and gain a closer understanding of their mood and daily life on earth.
With Moonwatch, a person is always able to determine exactly what phase the moon is in. Clouds, pollution or a general ignorance to the moon cycle are no longer an issue. With time and observation, a person can find patterns which sync their behaviour or happenings to the different phases.
The Moonwatch also indicates the time with a user being able to switch between the two interfaces with a push of the button. During the day, the time is indicated with a black background and during the night the interface changes to white in order to improve visability.
A small solar cell helps to charge the watch; another analogy which highlights the relationship between sun and moon.
The watch’s simplicity and improvements with the interaction between watch and user complete the design, which fuses nature and technology to generate new emotions within the user.
Wander through the streets of a city. Look closely. Did you spot the purely functional objects which help us, guide us and warn us of danger? These objects of the urban landscape do their job usually without getting noticed. The Emotion Lab has adopted these objects belonging to the city and made them personal. We’ve analysed their function and adapted these designs by optimising for private spaces, finding new uses in common materials and shapes.
Inside Urban is a furniture and accessories collection focused on home use, that includes:
+ Antenna hanger
+ Space divider
+ Scaffold shelving
+ Mirror light
+ Room cone
The Emotion Lab ended in 2010 after three years of intense experimentation. It members still collaborate often in different projects.