As a part of Sawaya & Moroni’s new 2012 collections, Polish architect Daniel Libeskind designed the ‘eL’ chandelier. Evolving from an unfolded spiral form, it reflects light by creating unexpected effects through the use of almost 2000 LEDs, each with its own built-in micro-controller. Making use of an algorithm developed by astrophysicist Noam Libeskind, the chandelier simulates the evolution of light from the big bang until present day, condensing 14 billion years into a 14 minute light show in which the contours of the chandelier are amplified with virtual movement of light. Each piece can be produced in a range of sizes and light gradients.
IBM’s THINK Exhibit was an interactive technology exhibit at Lincoln Center that explores the role of technology in improving our daily lives and the world we live in. The exhibit included videos, touch screen maps, interactive media panels and mobile applications. The most visible element of the exhibit is the large digital wall, stretching 123 feet outside the converted parking garage of Lincoln Center on Columbus Avenue. The digital wall visualized real-time live streaming data from the surrounding areas including traffic on Broadway, solar energy use on the Upper West Side and air quality throughout Manhattan. The billboard-sized digital display showed how we use the world around us and illuminates on a local scale the many opportunities for changes to be made.
In an effort to meet the clients aesthetic desires for a ceiling that reflected the vibrancy and dynamism of the Latin culture, a pattern was developed made of diamonds from the rumba dance step. The ceiling also boasts a state of the art LED lighting system, which required lighting analysis and optimization, using various building performance software. Patrons ascend the staircase wrapped around this glowing spectacle. Its pattern morphs into the pedals and flowers, and responds to the varying conditions of program and space.
Each chair is slightly different and made out of different types of triangles of various size and rotation. With their prismatic, multifaceted shape, the chairs are beautiful to look at, reflecting light off of their stainless steel surface, like four-legged gems. They are made to look great no matter what angle you view them at, with special welding techniques and digital engineering that leaves their construction absolutely flawless. The result is a futuristic-looking design that is incredible to behold.
Collaborating with fellow artist and product designer Michio Akita, Masahiro Minami has created a collection called RENCA, a series of washbowls that makes the bathroom fixture look like an exquisite piece of artwork rather than something to wash your hands in. The washbowls are made with porcelain and feature a translucent quality that also includes LED lighting for a gorgeous and convenient way to make those late-night visits to the toilet.
“Capturing Resonance” by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.
Featured at deCordova Museum, the colourful and iridescent installation feels like a work of exquisite glass. In fact, Park created the undulating textile by inserting thousands of acrylic squares into chain link fencing. As “Capturing Resonance” was created in a window-filled space, different lighting makes the piece a constantly evolving palette of colour, shadows and reflection. The installation also features an audio element as composer Spencer Topel created an dreamy, elegant composition that is activated by motion sensors so the sound is ever-changing and layered like its iridescent muse. “Capturing Resonance” showcases that any material, no matter how industrial or mundane it may seem, can become a gorgeous piece of art.
This tiny, movable restaurant is a temporary module placed atop the roof of Le Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris. The glass cabin gives diners a panoramic view of the Seine and Eiffel Tower, and holds a central cooking area and a dining room that seats 12 people. Coloured LED lighting and a perforated metal screen gives the space some texture, and bonus…the chef offers a new menu every day!
Shayna Leib is a multimedia artist whose sculptural glass and metal art reflects her intelligence, sense of design, and rhythm. Her art reflects her ability to manifest her diverse artistic background with her creative talents in an intelligent way.
Shayna uses the flow of hot glass, its capacity to freeze an artistic moment in time, and the inherent ability of glass to manipulate optics to express her artistic vision and inner direction.
The look of her art is natural and subtle, yet her aggressiveness with the glass medium is intensely focused to produce original, colorful and chromatic works. There is a transformation through chaos.
These pieces are from her WIND AND WATER Series.
A company based in North Wales has been awarded £454,000 by the Government-backed Carbon Trust to develop its OLED technology, which the company claims could reduce energy consumption by 60% over that used by existing light sources.
Lomox Limited - the firm awarded with the grant, is hoping to lower production costs of OLED panels while increasing both the efficiency and size of the panels.
As well as light-emitting wallpaper, Lomox plans to make flexible screens that can be taken into meetings and rolled up after use and outdoor lighting.
“Lighting is a major producer of carbon emissions” said Mark Williamson, Director of Innovations at the Carbon Trust. “This technology has the potential to produce ultra-efficient lighting for a wide range of applications, tapping into a huge global market.”
Lomox isn’t the first to come up with the idea of light-emitting wallpaper. In 2007, Jonas Samson designed and submitted a luminescent wallpaper project as part of his final-year postgraduate degree. Samson admitted his creation wouldn’t be cheap, though, with a basic “starting price” of 6,000 euros.
The Circuit wall clock is a minimalist clock that tells time using light. The LED clock was created by Serbian designer Stevan Djurovic. At first glance it looks nearly impossible to tell time using Djurovic’s design. However, it becomes a breeze to read the clock once you realize how the light works.
For starters, the Circuit wall clock uses three LED lights that correspond to the hours, minutes and seconds. The light for the hours is on the outer rim of the clock; the light for the minutes is on the inside and the light for the seconds lies in the middle of the ring.