Belgian architect/designer Alain Berteau is a hard taskmaster. ‘When you switch it off, you’re not looking at a dead machine,’ Berteau said of his new ‘Twist’ LED lamp for Belgian lighting manufacturer Aluci, while in conversation with Architonic at the recent Interieur 2010 design biennale in Kortrijk. The piece’s highly reduced, architectural form ensures that it continues to work as an intriguing space-defining presence beyond its utilitarian function as a light source.
Berteau makes the user work, too. The lamp is purchased in kit form, which can then be assembled in a number of sculptural permutations. As the product name suggests, there is nothing final about the piece’s configuration; twisting the bars produces a new, possibly unpredicted, and once again provisional, form.
Work never felt so good.