lightjunction, our new fine lighting event, will be collocated with designjunction at the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street during London Design Week, 18-22 September 2013
A completely new type of light is creating exciting possibilities!
Each design is a module that, when connected to others, forms a spectacular installation that can cover wide areas.
You decide where they go, so the result is site-specific.
The leading source is Vibia, who are offering modules for use on walls and ceilings, indoors and out.
This is such an important development in decorative lighting that we have asked Vibia to give a half-hour training sessions on it at lightjunction.
To understand what is happening, let's look at their Origami -- the light featured in the image above.
There are just two shapes...
...out of which you can make compositions on a wall and/or ceiling. They connect together electrically, so you only need one power supply. Origami can be used inside or out-of-doors.
That's it really, because the rest is up to you!
Here are some arrangements that others have done:
And here is a a video that briefly shows how it is done:
The video introduces you to Vibia's Create Your Project (CREA), a free, easy-to-use software tool that becomes more exciting the more you get to know it. We'll cover it more fully in another post but, for now, understand that Vibia were responding to the fact that, whilst the possibilities of these compositions are huge, we are all likely to need a bit of help composing them!
We want to play about with different configurations, then, when we are happy with our design, our clients need to see what we have done, so that they can approve it.
Therefore, CREA produces a 3D simulation, which can show much more than just the Vibia composition. This is why it becomes such a useful tool. You can produce professional-quality 3D visualizations of your proposals without having to involve anybody else!
It also produces a installation manual specific to your composition.
If CREA helps if you are using Origami, it is essential if you want to make up something magical using Vibia's Match! This module could not be used if it were not for CREA.
It starts simply enough:
but pretty quickly it grows into this:
The way CREA works for Match is that you tell it what area you want lit. It then works out where the light bodies need to be, and presents you with a variety of suitable arrangements from which you choose. It is certainly worth it for results like these:
Here's another helpful little video:
Match is just one of Vibia's pendant-type modules. Others are Ameba, Halo Circular, Halo Lineal and Rhythm. For the ceiling, there are Link XXL and Link. For the wall, besides Origami, there is Fold Build-in, Fold Surface, Link and Puck Wall Art. You can find them all here.
Now, you're probably saying to yourself, that's all very well and good. Clearly Vibia are committed to this exciting new concept. But does that make it a trend?
Well, it wouldn't if only Vibia were doing it, but they are not.
We see the first example as being Foscarini's Fields of 2007:
Then, much more recently, Axo Light's Shatter:
Flos Wall Piercing:
and Luceplan's Synapse:
What do you say now, eh? Convinced?!
Training session at lightjunction 2013
As we said at the top of this post, this is such an important development in decorative lighting, and CREA is such a powerful, yet easy-to-use, tool, that we have asked Vibia to give a half-hour training session at lightjunction each day (except Sunday). So, whichever day you come, you'll be able to attend it.