LED TOWERS BY LIBESKIND AND IMMERSIVE

Daniel Libeskind and Immersive’s spectacular LED light towers serve as gates to the Milan World Expo, and their spiraling LED lights can be seen from 164 feet away. The animations that race across the sculptures are inspired by natural phenomena ranging from the movement of atoms to the way murmurations of starlings group and fly through the sky. Particles flow in and out from the low-resolution outer LEDs towards the higher-resolution LEDs in the center.

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DESIGN FOR SECOND MELBOURNE MPAVILION

The design of this year’s MPavilion is an attempt to recreate the experience of being in a forest. British architect Amanda Levete explains:

Our MPavilion 2015 is designed to create the sensation of a forest canopy, made up of seemingly fragile, translucent petals supported by impossibly slender columns that sway gently in the breeze. Under the canopy the light will be dappled and dreamy.

Levete’s intention was to build a pavilion that wouldn’t look like architecture capturing the temporary nature of it. Levete’s studio AL_A will create plant-like structures in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens featuring carbon fibre stems that move in the wind and translucent petals that glow with LED lights and are made from composite materials. The design also includes speakers to create a soundscape that is experienced when walking through the space.

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W HOTEL ISTANBUL

Located in the historic area, Akaretler, in the city centre, the space of the recently renovated hotel draws influences from the Ottoman empire. The new look was developed by a renowned Turkish designer Mahmut Anlar, who tried to express the motifs and history of the distinctive culture to bring life to the place.

Designed by Mahmut Anlar, the W Istanbul guest rooms and suites are an innovative blend of Turkish and contemporary design. Outdoor spaces such as gardens, terraces and cabanas compliment the guest rooms. W Istanbul suites are open, modern and perfect for entertaining – signature suites offer glamour and exclusivity.

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NEW ZEALAND CAVE ILLUMINATED BY GLOWING WORMS

On these long exposure photographs captured by a New Zealand based photographer Joseph Michael you can see the communities of glow-worms (arachnocampa luminosa) endemic to the island nation of the country. The light, emitted mostly from females, is believed to be the worms’ way of finding mates.

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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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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.

Full press release here

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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