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.




Images and video courtesy of Studio DRIFT