Posts Tagged ‘ Lights ’

Liquid Portals.


Every catch the reflection off a puddle just right, and catch an amazing reflection?  Well ‘Local Preacher’ has, and luckily for us, he had his camera with him.  Check out his incredible body of work created from these bodies of water.

Solar Blinds That Charge Your Phone?


The Rolar Blinds do three things. They harness the energy of the sun, they cut the glare of the sun out during the day, keeping your indoors ambient, and they look absolutely gorgeous while they do the above two.

The Rolar Blinds stand at the crux between new-age photovoltaic printing techniques, a rise in demand for solar panels, and absolute graphic beauty, as they explore printing solar cells in manners that almost feel like graffiti, but with a more direct purpose, i.e., charging your devices. At the bottom of the blinds rest the cylindrical weights that come with a USB port that let you charge your devices or your power-banks by simply plugging them into the curtain and leaving them on a table nearby or the windowsill as you tap into the solar system’s largest (free) power source.

The cylindrical members (battery packs) are even detachable, allowing you to carry your power with you. However, the convenience of the Rolar Blinds takes second place to its graphical beauty that bring art and technology together beautifully and seamlessly.

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The Circuit Marker Is A Sight To Behold.


The moment of electricity though a circuit board is something that can be extremely fluid, as fluid ink from a pen.  Check out the beauty that silver micro-particles circuitry and origami paper, that becomes a city of lights.

Get Your Head In The Clouds.


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Clouds are natural canvases and in certain conditions, they can look very picturesque. French artist and photographer Charles Pétillion drew inspiration from the visually limitless variations of cloud formations to create a cumulus cloud using over 10,000 illuminated white balloons. The installation, titled, “Heartbeat”, is featured inside London’s Covent Garden and stretches the length of its entire South Hall.

Describing the project, Pétillion says, “With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area — connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life.” Check out some more photos below.

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Interactive Blue Light Art by Gabey Tjon a Tham


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Interactive artist Gabey Tjon a Tham has created a light installation in which lights dance to music and spiral in different forms. In the piece Repetition At My Distance, the blue lights are transformed into beautiful twists that change shape as they move, sparking a new era of mobile 3D art. The art form in the future may adapt to reacting with other lights, voice and other inputs.

There are a total of 16 dancing streams of light that change with the vibrations of the speakers, varying the speed, brightness, and synchronization as the lights dim and brighten. The lights even move independently and others they all synchronize together. At some points some of the lights disappear while some remain on and still moving.

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New York Photo Series by Thomas Ciszewski


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Check out these photos that was taken in New York by Thomas Ciszewski. He really has a way of capturing the city.

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Makoto Tojiki’s Light Sculptures.


Japanese artist Makoto Tojikil is fascinated by light. He uses it in ways that create amazing illusions and out-of-this-world experiences in a subtle, inquisitive way. These pieces are known as “No Shadow”. As you can see these large animals and human sculptures are made of strands of light  that seem to evoke a sense of playfulness, awe, possibility and wonder.

Rashad Alakbarov Paints with Shadows and Light


Artist Rashad Alakbarov from Azerbaijan uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls. The jaw-dropping light painting above, made with an array of colored airplanes has recently had his work at the “Fly to Baku” exhibition at De Pury Gallery in London.

2012 Light Festival – Ghent, Belgium.


Just like fireworks, originally used in celebrations to reach up to and greet the spirits in the sky, this LED-light cathedral aimed very, very high.  We’re not sure if it was visible from space (or higher) but it certainly glowed brightly.  More than half-a-million people were drawn to the Luminaire De Cagna LED-light display at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Luminaire De Cagna became the main attraction of the Festival that included more than 30 other displays and exhibitions.  Constructed of wood, covered with 55,000 LED lights and reaching 28 meters (92 ft.) into the sky above Belfortstraat, the Romanesque cathedral-like Luminaire De Cagna used only 20 kWh of energy.  Luminaire De Cagna is an Italian family business that has created light displays since 1930. They started with oil and carbine lights, moved on to electric and, since 2006, have used LED-lights exclusively.

Bright Woods, The LED Stool Collection.



Unique and eye-catching, Bright Woods’ collection of illuminated chairs and coffee tables are sure to capture your attention with their engaging glow. I discovered this dope collection of furniture at Milan Design Week, and we’re enamored with the unique aesthetic that’s equal parts alien nation and woodland tranquility. These radiant pieces, made from wood and natural resin strips, were designed by Giancarlo Zema for the Avanzini Group and are currently on display at the Design in Nature exhibition in the Triennale Design Museum as part of the Milan Furniture Fair.

A Way To A Wind Powered Future.


The simply named Road Lights is a system of wind generated lane lights powered by the wind of vehicles whizzing by. You’ve all felt it before, that wall of air as a car passes by. Why waste it? The energy captured by the system illuminates a series of pegs 50-100 meters in front of you to lead the way. Eco-friendly (yes I’m still using that phrase) and a perfect opportunity for a really creative car commercial.

Tokyo 24 At Yoshi’s SF.


Tokyo 24 has been gracing stages all over the Bay with their presence for years now, but recently I was presented with the opportunity to join them on one their biggest shows to date.  Tuesday, October 18th marks the date when yours truly, Miles Brandon, RGLND, and Tokyo 24 will take over Yoshi’s on 1330 Fillmore St. in San Francisco for an epic display of good people, great music, and a never before seen laser light show.  Make sure come through and see the show.  It’ll be one to remember.

BMW Laser Lights?


BMW will introduce the next generation of head lights (laser lighting on its BMW i8) that could cut energy use in half compared to LED lights.  The laser beam headlights will be twice as efficient as LEDs, and can be up to 1,000 times stronger.  BMW will use miniscule 10-micron long laser diodes, which is 100 times smaller than LED units, in the vehicle.  The small size of the laser diodes will also allow engineers to experiment with new positioning of the headlights.  In their press release on the subject, BMW emphasizes that the laser lights would be safe for both drivers and wildlife.  The laser diodes are not facing forward shining out on the road. Instead, the light would be diffused using a ”fluorescent phosphor material” inside the headlight.  BMW’s laser lighting will get its first airing in the BMW i8 concept. With a production model of that vehicle set to launch in 2013.

Sugamo Shinkin: The Rainbow Bank.


Japanese practice Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design has completed ‘Sugamo Shinkin Bank’, a credit union located in Shimura, Japan.  The design, an offset volume of rainbow-like layers, is the third branch designed by Moureaux, with the first two located in Tokiwadai and Niiza. Both the interior and exterior hit all colors in the spectrum, and at night, the entire building lights up in such a way that you’d never imagine it was only a bank.

Long Exposure Airplane Photography.


Terence Chang has compiled an absolutely stunning collection of long exposure photos of aircraft taking off at the San Francisco International Airport. The method is Beautiful.

The Shade Club.


If there’s one thing I can appreciate about a club (aside from the female bartenders that work there) is the interior… And the ‘Shade Club’ has it in spades.  SquareONE’s latest renovation, located in the basement of a residential building in the center of Bucharest, was once home to some of  the most successful and downright sexy clubs of the 90s, some of which carried a notorious and even dark past. After 5 years of vacancy the Shade Club has opened its doors to reveal a sultry modern design that reflects the scandalous history of the venue.

At the start of the remodel, the design team noticed 7 to 8 layers of material applied to the walls, giving them a peek into the location’s history, and sparking their interest in its mysterious past.  The first of the 3 defined spaces within the club is also the largest and features a high density of structural pillars. By covering the pillars in mirrors and applying three-quarter lamps across two edges on each, the columns seem to disappear and a “forest of lamps” emerge. The volumetric pattern on the surrounding walls is CNC dense polyurethane foam painted white. Behind the pattern are mirrors that continue the visual effect of the mirrored pillars.

The second space is a circular room that surrounds the central lounge. Given the shape, the designers opted for an organic design that incorporated baroque decoration. The single row of structural pillars were covered in a Corian skin. It is a soft, organic shape vertically extruded. The Corian skin was engraved with the graphic design CNC milled into the surface of the material, then a special mold was made and the Corian milled plates were thermoformed. The semicircular bar in the this space was done exactly the same. The walls have a routed MDF structure, and thin, extremely flexible Axpet cladding to which graphic designs were cut and applied on the surface.

The third and smallest space is quite isolated from the rest, and features handmade graphic designs on the walls and a single lounge. Hovering above the lounge is a  ellipsoidal light membrane on the ceiling made of a elastic membrane that diffuses the light. To polish the look the designers used white fringe to better illustrate the shape and link the two elements.

In the bar areas there are virtual sections that cut the volume and leave white luminous surfaces with 2D images of different objects (lamps, tables and other household furniture). The ideea was to illustrate a photo of the interior of a house that cuts out volume and leaves an impression. To contrast the space the designers used Corian Noir in combination with translucent Glacier Ice Corian. Spectral tubes were then used as light sources to illuminate the white surfaces.

The Affinity Chair.


Ben Alun-Jones’ latest work is an attempt at the impossible: invisibility. ‘There is something of an ideology in chair design,’ he explains, ‘that really what you want to sit on is nothing – like you’re supported by air. That’s how I began creating a chair that, in a way, wasn’t there. A structure made out of light.’ The ‘Affinity Chair’ is unlikely to win any prizes for comfort, but it pulls off an impressive vanishing act.

Plastic acrylic sheet and one-way mirror film are used to create a structure that reflects and merges with its surroundings. The chair not only responds to and camouflages itself to match its environment, it also interacts directly with the sitter: sensors activate pulsing LEDs hidden within its frame that quicken like a heart beat as it is approached. The effect is eerie: as the chair is lit from within, its reflective surfaces becomes transparent and all its edges are illuminated. The chair’s disappearance is an attempt at escape; yet this strangely animate object remains rooted to the spot, it’s vanishing body revealing a further hidden space within.

Alun-Jones’ explains his work as using technology itself as an artistic medium to challenge existing perceptions. His materials are unconventional – LEDs, ultrasonic sensors, custom-built and programmed circuit boards. The result is new, challenging, and anything but robotic.  The Affinity Chair will feature at the Royal College of Art Interim Show (Wed 2nd – Mon 7th Feb) as well as appearing at V&A Connects with… ARTS THREAD (Tues 25th Jan) and the V&A Digital Festival (Sat 5th March), both at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Lichtfaktor Light Show.


Photographic tricks have always amazed me, and playing with lights in dimly lit areas always has an interesting effect.  The good folks over at Lichtfaktor have perfected this technique and use to to create a dazzling array of images and videos.  Check out some of their work.