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'Aurelia' lamp by Bina Baitel, photo by Kleinefenn, courtesy of NextLevel Galerie

With her award-winning project ‘Pull-Over’, realised with the support of VIA (Promotion of Innovation in Furniture) in 2008, the Israel designer Bina Baitel presented a higly inventive floorlamp which is characterised by a luminous skin made from micro-perforated optical fibers connected to LEDs, passing through a layer of translucent silicone. The flexible skin can be unrolled over and over again through a simple movement in order to vary the light atmosphere.

The NextLevel Galerie in Paris dedicated its current exhibition to Bina Baitel’s work. The gallery is producing ‘Pull-Over’ lamp as well as Bina Baitel’s new Skins collection in limited edition. The exhibition runs from 16 September until 6 November, 2010.

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'Morild' light installation by Astrid Krogh

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.

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UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

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.”

UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

more information about the UK Pavilion @ Architonic

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