The idea for the central rubber and conducting copper 'power hub' is inspired by tree root systems that rely on Mycelium- a fungi thread like hyphae that helps the trees to communicate to each other under the ground. The unique system that I developed will allow me to create many more light designs in the future.
The flowers are inspired by orchid flowers and their arrangement on the light is inspired by the Japanese art of Ikebana.
I want to inspire people, and giving clients choices in colours allows people to empower their space. I sometimes think of myself as a light and colour therapist. Orchid flowers are very sensuous, to immerse myself in exploring their form was a sensuous experience, and I personally enjoy the presence of this light in a space.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Orchid light is suspended from the ceiling, allowing it a kinetic quality by responding to air movement in a room. Led globes are mounted behind some of the hand dyed poly carbonate flowers, which are suspended on stainless steel wires. The light has distinct differences in its presence depending on whether it is lit, as the flowers cast shadows through the room. Each light is a made to order collaboration. The power hub allows led globes to be powered at a distance from the power source.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The orchid light pendant becomes a focal point in a room. The sculptural form is captivating in either lit or unlit state. As it moves in even gentle air currents, filters light through its coloured flowers and casts shadows on walls and ceilings, it transforms the space it inhabits in an animated way. The boutique, handmade, collaborative element gives clients a personal relationship with the light.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This light was created entirely in my studio in Melbourne, Australia. The first version was a single edison screw globe version in 2010, this modular power hub system began development in 2013 and this completed version was available for sale in 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Stiff, flat polycarbonate flowers are given new memory through heat application to create the animated orchid shape. Reinforcement gussets placed on each flower to strengthen it where it is held on the stainless steel wires to enhance longevity of the product. The power hub consists of three parts. Copper scourers cast into urethane create two halves which are insulated from one another so that they can conduct a positive and negative charge. These halves are then cast in a urethane casing.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Ranges in size from : 1400mm with 12 led globes , 1100mm with 10 led globes, 900mm with 8 led globes, 500mm with 5 led globes.
12V power hub
Globes are LED-G4-2watts
Flush ceiling mount, with LED driver in ceiling
As each light is made to order in clients choice of colours, we are open to collaboration.
This light must be installed by a licensed electrician.
orchid, flower, light, custom, kinetic, polycarbonate, colour, color
The light has two distinct design aspects to it, polycarbonate flowers that give an aesthetic element, and a 12 volt power hub, which powers the led light globes. Orchid flower forms were researched at flower markets and in illustrated books, and many experiments in cutting sheets of plastic and dying the forms ensued. The power hub required research into metal conductivity and casting techniques. The result is a unique system of powering led globes which has many other creative applications.
Creating a naturalistic and seductive 3-dimensional flower from flat polycarbonate plastic was quite a challenge. The dying process is one of constant experimentation which has allowed the light to evolve as new techniques are discovered. Experimenting also played a role in developing the power hub, multiple attempts at casting refined the hub to present as both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Real persistence was required to realise this complex and unique design.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Marc Pascal: Designer - maker and Alex Edwards: colourist, all round superstar & production