COCONUT SHELL LAMPS

Nymphs lamps are created from coconut, suede, and cork and are able to transform the feel of an entire room with the elongated patterns they cast on the walls, ceiling, and floor. Handcrafted by Vainius Kubilius each lamp is drilled with thousands of holes allowing the light to leak and form a variety of intricate patterns. The creator says:

I’d love to think that my lamps are some sort of aphrodisiac
that will create more passion in peoples lives.

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BACH IN LIGHTS

The animation that transforms two compositions from J.S. Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier (Prelude and Fugue in C Major) into a visual interpretation of music was created by visual artist Alan Warburton. The piece incorporates thousands of CGI light bulbs mounted around a gallery space and parking garage. The bulb shapes correlate with length and pitch of each note as each light pops on in sync with the music.

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THEATRE ROYAL IN GLASGOW GETS ILLUMINATED BY REGGIANI

The Theatre Royal, the oldest in Glasgow and the longest running in Scotland, recently went under a consortium-funded multimillion pound refurbishment. The building was completely restyled with a number of new facilities added.

A total transformation of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow has taken place with the help of Reggiani Mosaico range of luminaires. To ensure that the new lighting succeeded in showcasing the architectural design of the venue whilst also affording the necessary flexibility for its varied usage the company integrated a sustainable lighting solution of energy-efficient LEDs and Metal Halide fixtures.

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KINETIC GLASS INSTALLATION BY STUDIO DRIFT

Amsterdam based Studio Drift has created In 20 Steps, an installation of moving glass bars, arranged in pairs and moving at different times to each other creating an impression of wings slowly flapping.

In 20 Steps is a tribute to the human desire to be able to fly, despite the force of gravity and the poetry of persistence in the face of adversity. Studio Drift is intrigued by the continuous attempts of humankind to deal with its limitations, so miraculously opposed to nature as these ventures might be.

Installed inside an old building on the island of Murano (renowned for its glassmaking industry) the piece is part of Glasstress 2015 Gotika, an exhibition organised by Russia’s State Hermitage Museum and glass company Berengo Studio; it will run until 27 September, during the 2015 Venice Art Biennale this summer.

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Images and video courtesy of Studio Drift

VIP AIRCRAFT CABIN BY MERCEDES AND LUFTHANSA

The design was presented by Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibit (EBACE) earlier last week in Geneva. The purpose of this cooperation was to unite the two companies’ innovative expertise in the areas of design and technology.

In a departure from the familiar design of aircraft interiors, the cabin concept adopts an entirely new approach. The interior of the cabin is organic and homogeneous like a DNA helix. Floor, wall and ceiling flow into each other. Featuring numerous innovative details, the furniture with its sensuous clarity of design merges seamlessly with the cabin interior. The cabin windows are concealed by so-called black panels, which, inspired by the screen design in the Mercedes‑Benz S-Class, appear to float in front of the window like a light corona. Innovative Mercedes-Benz Magic Sky technology allows the panels to be dimmed electrically from black to transparent. Displays and touch screens for entertainment and information can easily be integrated into the black panels.

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The companies will jointly assess the general level of customer interest on the market in the upcoming months, in addition to further developing the details of the design concept.

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PHOTOTROPE SHIRT FOR NIGHT RUNNERS

The illuminated shirt was created by a Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen using LEDs and foil with the purpose of improving safety for runners on public roads and pathways. The garment is made from technical jersey embedded with washable strips of the low-energy lights and sections of reflective “prismatic” foil material that curve around the body. Pauline wanted to create something runners would wear regardless of the safety issues:

I used to wear a light bracelet around my arm to be visible at night, but I always felt that it looked quite stupid and it didn’t feel comfortable at all. As a designer working in wearable technology, I thought I should know how to improve it.

The garment made its first public appearance at the Nike We Run Amsterdam event on 16 May, where a team of participants led by the designer wore the shirts to complete a 10-kilometre route. Pauline is currently working on adjusting the design to make the shirt suitable for mass production.

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SONY LIGHT BULB WITH A BLUETOOTH SPEAKER INSIDE

Sony Japan has just announced the LED Light Bulb Speaker, which screws into a standard light bulb socket inside any overhead light fixture or lamp and can pair with any Bluetooth device. The brightness of the light coming from the bulb and the volume of the music from the speaker can be controlled via a smartphone app or an NFC remote.

According to Sony the goal of the gadget is to allow for the audio equipment to be put into locations in the home, where normally it is hard to put audio equipment. The bulb will be available in Japan from May 23 for the cost of ¥23,880 (or about £127).

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LED SMART SHOES

Functioning both as a customizable lighting system and a musical instrument/audio-visual controller Orphe is a smart-shoes system designed for performance. Japan based No New Folk Studio had advanced motion sensors, 100 full-color, serially-controlled LEDs, and a wireless module (patent pending) embedded into the sole of each shoe.

Orphe users are able to choose the colours they want to wear using applications on their smartphones or other devices to customise the LEDs.

Finding a way to make shoes that have batteries and a host of electronic components inside them has been very challenging, but through close collaboration between a traditional shoemaker and our engineers we’ve been able to achieve a minimalist design that functions well both as an interface and as footwear. 

The project is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo.

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Unfolding Kinetic Lights That Bloom like Flowers

Shylight, a kinetic light fixture that opens dramatically during a 9 meter fall, was designed by Amsterdam based Studio DRIFT:

Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defense and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called nyctinasty, and inspired Studio Drift to create Shylight, a light sculpture that unfolds and retreats in a fascinating choreography mirroring that of real flowers.

Trying to answer the question of how can an inanimate object mimic those changes that express character and emotions Studio Drift, after 5 years of research, found the final form to express their idea. Shylight looks alive because of its unpredictable, natural-looking movements. A collection of Shylights were permanently installed at Rijksmuseum.

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SALT yacht by Lujac Desautel

SALT is a project created by Lujac Desautel, an architecture student at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, as an entry to a young boat designers competition. The idea behind it was to enable people to see the water while sitting in a yacht, which the designer made possible by borrowing elements used in architectural practice. SALT accommodates three dining rooms, five cabins and multiple crew sleeping areas and measures 55 meters in length which is the same height as its main mast.

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Images courtesy of Lujac Desautel