Posts Tagged ‘lighting design’
September 24th, 2013 – With a smooth, simple exterior, and an intricate interior, each of the Cmmnwlth’s Seltanica Lamps are hand cast from white Gypsum. New York based designers and founders of Cmmnwlth Zoe Coombes and David Boira, have been working within the worlds of contemporary art and industrial furniture design, with an aims to produce work that embodies a sense of elegant desire through an engagement with both the newest of tools and the oldest of techniques.
Remembering the tactile pleasures of landscape, moonscape, and perhaps even more so, the fragility of aging skin, the Seltanica Lamps express a formalism unique to the contemporary world. Working within modeling software normally used to create animal membranes for animation, the Seltanica’s interiors are as much a product of technological experiment as they are guided by classic compositional rules for the creation of desirous adornment.
“Too often, performative qualities of ornate surfaces are dismissed as ‘mere ornament’, that is fussy, extraneous symbols of decadence. Yet how much skill and pleasure have we, as designers, lost by renouncing ourselves of the obligation to deploy fields of entangled detail?” The designers explained. Seltanica Lamps are an attempt to restore the potentially powerful relationships between the smooth, and the ornate. While the minimal elegance of the lamp’s cool exterior thrives on simplicity, the interior’s rusticated walls, fleecy and shaggy enough to loose all sense of hard edge, read as soft surfaces.
The Seltanica’s interior is the product of a wet machine; one that is controlled and skillfully manipulated by the human hand. While the lamp maintains industrial characteristics that allow it to be replicated with precision, and infinitum, the interior surfaces are not what we most often associate with the machinic that is, simplified, idealized, modules. Rather, the thickened interior is filled with variegated, and erotically charged fats and folds deforming light and shadow, placed just where they perform best under the soft white glow of a frosted bulb.
August 28th 2013 - Taking it back to old-school bartending, The Collins is a dynamic new cocktail lounge in the heart of Victoria Square in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The creative powerhouse behind the sultry yet contemporary design of The Collins is none other than Woods Bagot, a global design force with founding roots that run deep in the land down under.
Inspired by the classic form of a well tailored suit, the cocktail joint exhibits a fine blend of precious materials such as brass and marble juxtaposed with wire brushed, stained timber and saddle leather that will age and wear beautifully over time – paralleling the timeless cocktails served at the contemporary joint.
Located in an important venue on the ground floor of Adelaide’s Hilton Hotel, the architects at Woods Bagot were faced with a key site challenge of how to properly open the corner of the historic building to add some visibility for the new bar. Respecting both old and new, the architects implemented lift-up glazed doors, installed to open up the bar to the street and welcome passing patrons.
The space is divided into two distinct areas: a bright active daytime venue or front bar that provides a sense of theatre, and a secluded cocktail lounge room that can be locked down for private functions.
Leaving no spot untouched, the designers carried the concept through the entire space that boasts patterned flooring, vertical wood wall partitions, warm-toned plush and textured fabrics for group seating areas, and robust light fixtures to help set the time-honored mood.
Photography by Peter Clarke Photography
April 1st, 2013 – When Crumpler’s Creative Director, Sam Davy set out to shape the bag company’s 12th Australian store, he was bound and determined to build an interactive space and unique consumer experience that reflects both the local environment and creative path of the brand’s original design ethos. Crumpler partnered up with local creative and award-winning architect Ryan Russell, of Russell & George, to cultivate this vision for their new retail space in Prahran, on the south side of Melbourne.
The design of the store is based on the abstraction of a pixel. A space that merges lighting and different media to create a fractured urban landscape of light and moving images. Russell and Davy worked closely to design a dynamic space that frames and illuminates the products.
A three dimensional grid of light was introduced to showcase Crumpler’s vibrant bags and provide an energetic backdrop for a landscape of moving images, piles of grey rock, and grey concrete.
Davy explained that the “raw, contemporary textures and use of light and film projection within the store not only showcases the products but the design has enabled a regeneration of this iconic site on the corner of Chapel Street and High Street.”
Beyond the lightsaber grid, monochromatic finishes, and grey rocks piled along the floors – Russell made sure that Crumpler’s colorfully crafted goods would rightfully remain the center of attention.
Photography By Dianna Snape
February 7th, 2013 – And with a blink of an eye, the week is nearing its end. You were only able to cross a few ‘to do’s’ off the list you made on Monday morning, but that’s ok – The relaxing weekend is upon us. While you were busy hustling for that dolla’ all week, we put together a list of our top five most noteworthy weekly creative happenings. Maybe these happenings don’t call for an entire article, but they are definitely worth celebrating and sharing. So what made the cut this week? Thousands of wireless light rocks that can interact with people, Confederate Motorcycles unveiled their latest man-made machine, Louis Vuitton opened their first resort in the Maldives, and, well, just scroll down and see for yourself….
Studio Roosegaarde’s CRYSTALS are thousands of wireless light rocks that interact with people.
CRYSTAL functions as a ‘digital campfire’ where people share stories of light. Each Crystal contains LEDs that are wirelessly charged via a powermat. Once visitors start adding, moving or sharing Crystals, the basic breathing of the Crystals changes. The lighting behavior of crystals moves from ‘excited’ to ‘bored’, keeping visitors curious. People can either share or steal them. CRYSTAL creates a sensual relation between people, technology and light.
Creative firm Craig and Karl took the reins on the art direction for Japanese Vogue
Long distance relationships do work! The fact that Craig is based out of NYC and Karl is now in London (previously in Australia) doesn’t deter this duo from producing some epic artwork. Whether the two are illustrating skateboards, creating patterns for fashion collections, or dressing the windows at Sephora, they seem to confidently evolve their bold artistic style in each new project. Japanese Vogue commissioned Craig and Karl to lend some art direction for their ‘Playing With Color’ editorial in their March issue. The editorial is shot by creative photographer Lacey, who’s edgy creative work has landed her a stream of jobs with magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed&Confused, Details, and Esquire.
Confederate Motorcycles unveiled their new R135 Wraith Combat Motorcycle
This holistic contextual man-machine is the newest edition to the Confederate family of motorcycles. Little details have been released yet on the R135 Wraith Combat bike, except that it looks like it was born to be rebellious and comes with a hefty price tag $135,000.
Designer Omar Arbel creates an bright and earthy aesthetic for the 38 at Tacofino restaurant
When Tacofino, a food truck service specializing in baja-inspired tacos decided to open a permanent location – named the Tacofino Commissary – the owners called on local designer Omer Arbel. Departing from the trucks’ vibrant orange-and-teal palette, Arbel opted to pare back the East Vancouver interior to create a laid-back southwest vibe. The designer employs salvaged lumber and his wonderful 38 Series fixtures to create the first restaurant by the Vancouver food truck service. White powder-coated steel tubes prop up the tables and stools, creating a miniature forest rising from the concrete floor. The walls are coated in white-painted burlap. But it’s Arbel’s sweeping chandelier that steals the scene. Made by Bocci (Arbel’s lighting design company) the piece consists of dozens of illuminated globes that double as planters.
Louis Vuitton opening their first resort in the Maldives
Cheval Blanc, the high-end hospitality brand developed by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), will open a resort hotel in the Maldives, adding another world-class accommodation option to the island nation. Currently under construction on the island of Randheli in Noonu Atoll, the resort will feature 46 luxury villas, each with private infinity pool, and a Guerlain spa offering exclusive signature treatments. Directing all of Cheval Blanc’s cuisine across its global resorts will be the multiple award-winning chef Yannick Alléno.
February 4th, 2013 – Any architect, designer, or photographer will tell you that light is integral part of a space. The concept of artificial light in a space has rapidly evolved, and with this evolution, lighting designers are exploring new ways to integrate lighting into spaces. Romania-based industrial designer Diana Dumitrescu has been examining the shapes and surfaces of the bulbs and fixtures in her new Black Light collection. “By using free-form curves, surfaces and volumes I wanted to represent the concept of a basic shape transformed in a complex structure,” the designer noted. “Having a black bulb instead of a regular one adds a detail that makes a big difference in the interpretation of the the final product.” Dumitrescu is using both black tinted incandescent bulbs and black light bulbs in the three fixtures.
A black lamp connected to a black cord drop into a molecular styled “lamp shade” in Dumitrescu’s first fixture. The bulb emits an ultraviolet radiation, which is invisible to the human eye. By having the shape around the bulb fluorescent, the observable light will be the actual glow of the structure. Her second and third fixtures use a collection of the black tinted bulbs to collectively form a floor lamp and a ceiling fixture. The third fixture is poetic, one dark standing pole with one black light. Such a contrast happens when the light bulb is on and off – the lamp can be both black as the night and bright as day. The dark bulb camouflages what’s inside – while the LEDs provide a bright indicator signal, they are hidden behind the tinted glass when not in use. Once the bulb is turned on, it appears as white, and creates ambient light as it should.
The Armenian Church | Lim Woan Wen
The Peranakan Museum | Michael Lee
Singapore Art Museum | :Phunk
School of The Arts | Grace Tan of Kwodrent
National Museum Of Singapore | whenligtswork+Luke Smith-Wightman
Sometimes the hum of a dusty heating vent just doesn’t cut it when you want to cuddle up and get cozy in the wintertime. Well, until you have the dinero to install a state-of-the-art woodstove feast your eyes on this charming little string of lights. Rafael DeCardena’s Firewood Lights is just what the name describes – a lovely, glowing abstract version of a fireplace. Constructed of angular cut wood, the Firewood Lights are internally illuminated with a warm light. Now all you have to do is download crackling fireplace sound effects on iTunes, grab a mug of cocoa and you’re good to go! Oh, and scroll down, we included more of Mr. DeCardena’s new furniture collection below!
(Photography: Architecture At Large)
Like a vision straight out of the pages of a fairy tale, Bath’s Holburne Museum covered its grass with 5,000 flowering lights. Lighting designer Bruce Munro is the only talent capable of this glowing garden of blossoming beauty, which he titled Field of Lights. The bulbs are arranged in patches, all connecting to a central unit which dictates their colors. Each patch is a different color which creates a magical atmosphere!
The light bulbs are made of frosted spheres which are threaded with fiber optic cables, lit by a color projector.
The patches change colors throughout the night to a slow rhythmic beat which enchants holiday visitors.
Munro came up with the idea for this field of lights almost 20 years ago while on a trip to Australia. He was inspired by the way the empty desserts would bloom after rainfall, and hoped to recreate it with lighting.
The free exhibition opened to the public this past Saturday, and will stay lit through the holidays.
(Photography: Getty Images)
Leave it to a dumbbell to inspire a smart lamp. Nightshop’s Lightweight lamp is made entirely of PVC materials and it stitched with a lattice of brightly colored interwoven wires. Founded by Ward Van Gemert, Adriaan Van Der Ploeg and Jordan Artisan the Lightweight lamp is the Nightshop’s premier product. The fixture itself measures 35 inches long and is equipped with two E27 screw fittings, one for each side of the ‘dumbbell.’ When lit the Lightweight emanates a warm, neutral glow perfect for a cozy reading nook or the occasional set of bicep curls. We kid! We kid!