The Dutch lighting virtuosos Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift have unveiled their new, dramatic installation during this year’s edition of Luminale fair. Here’s the footage from this spectacular dreamscape on which the designers have worked for six years.
The detail of the 'Nomad' interactive chandelier by Beau McClellan
Reminiscent of a luminous tropical fish suspended mid-air, this highly-sculptural and undoubtedly striking interactive LED light installation has been developed by the British lighting brand, Beau McClellan. Composed of no less than 200 individually controlled, glossy mirror-coated glass components, the dramatic 5-meters-long ‘Nomad’ chandelier was originally presented at the last year’s edition Designjunction – London Design Festival and this months, it will be on show during the London Art Fair (18-22 January). (more…)
One highlight during the Salone del Mobile 2011 was this light installation by Naohiko Mitsui / Triumph Design for the Japanese manufacturer Lumiotec in Zona Tortona. ‘Forest of Evolution’ was a magical space of only 24 square meters displaying ‘TLEE’, a large futuristic tree made by nine OLED panels. Beside this there was a number of different objects that include OLED technology.
On 23th September the Inside Design Hotel Amsterdam, the Lloyd Hotel, opened with a fulminant 3D projection technology realised by the paint specialist Histor. The colorful spectacle with animations and music made the hotel façade appear to be soaked in paint – I love it.
Astrid Krogh, educated textile designer, creates the most sophisticated light installations using sources such as neon lights, LEDs or optic fibres. Her newest piece is this delicate ‘light tapestry’ which is currently exhibited within Astrid’s solo exhibition at Galleri NB in Viborg, Denmark. ‘Morild’ consists of a perforated wooden wall with illuminated spots – the endings of fiberoptic threads which are arranged in fragments of an ornament. The light source can be programmed to switch coulor and intensity in fast or slow intervals.
The exhibition LYS(T)VEJ will be open until 18 september 2010.
'Dream Cube' by ESI Design, photo by Basil Childers
The New York based architectural practice ESI Design realised the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion (SCP) which is characterised by its illuminated façade – an unique 3D display surface comprised of a 65 km long grid made from plastic tubes, each spaced half a meter apart with LEDs every ten inches. Heart of the pavilion is the Dream Cube Control Room, an immersive, interactive 360-degree theatre experience where the visitors’ collective movements trigger changes to millions of LED lights on the Dream Cube’s façade.
The London based architectural practice Heatherwick Studio, founded in 1994 by Thomas Heatherwick, recently unveiled the UK Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai.
Held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions, the Shanghai Expo will be the largest the world has ever seen. Staged on a 5,28 km2 city centre site beside the Huangpu River, it features pavilions representing the ideas and cultural and commercial ambitions of more than 200 countries and international organisations.
UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio
Get here some information about the remarkable optic fibre facade of the Seed Cathedral in the center of the Pavilion:
“The Seed Cathedral sits in the centre of the UK Pavilion’s site, 20 metres in height, formed from 60,000 slender transparent fibre optic rods, each 7.5 metres long and each encasing one or more seeds at its tip. During the day, they draw daylight inwards to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources inside each rod allow the whole structure to glow. As the wind moves past, the building and its optic “hairs” gently move to create a dynamic effect. Heatherwick previously experimented with texture and architecture at a much smaller scale with his Sitooterie projects. The Seed Cathedral is the ultimate development of this. Inside the darkened inner sanctum of the Seed Cathedral, the tips of the fibre optic filaments form an apparently hovering galaxy of slim vitrines containing a vast array of embedded seeds. The seeds have been sourced from China’s Kunming Institute of Botany, a partner in Kew Royal Botanic Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank Project. Visitors will pass through this tranquil, contemplative space, surrounded by the tens of thousands of points of light illuminating the seeds.”
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