[highlight1] Fluxus lighting Sculpture [/highlight1]
Fluxus, a wavering Murano glass sculpture, is the result of the cooperation between designer Karim Rashid who designed the Knit – individual hand-made glass element – and Artist Michela Vianello. The new artwork made for Italian lightning designers Andromeda is a swinging – illusory – sculpture with an expression of motion.
Flexus covers a surface area of 60m², using 80,000 handmade glass Knit elements in 5 colours, 6000 kg of glass, steel and technology. The structure consists of mirrored hand shaped metal tracks, creating a perpetual sense of an unfinished spiral movement. Running on these tracks are fine crossbeams to which the Knit elements are anchored, attached one by one by means of a technical device created to an original Andromeda design.
The lighting is provided by 5000 punctiform halogen lamps distributed in a network across the internal surface of the wave. Two years of research, seven months of development process were necessary to define a new environment where art, design and the highest manual skills dialogue.
White Gallery the first big lifestyle store in Rome designed as a contemporary art gallery. It is a three-floor creative platform, in an overall area of 5.000 square metres where fashion, design, art, books, music, technology and food will express the innovations and the cultural contaminations of the contemporary way of life.
The use of a single design element in an artistic context led up to a suspended and apparently fluid surface consisting of a multitude of elements whose balance derives from the overall composing motion: a fabric of energy flowing through points and lines, creating marked paths and colours able to generate the expression of motion in space.
The sole Knit element covers a recurrence of overtones: white to black passing through 3 nuances of grey to transmit constant visual vibrations. The colour moves continuously in the optical space between the sculpture and the observer capturing an ever-changing three-dimensional effect in its endless harmonization.
The Artist Michela Vianello explains: – The challenge of this work was to imagine myself as an element and let myself drift away in the visual but above all dreamlike field by the rhythm of positive and negative, white and black where the greys were the pause of such inexhaustible voyage.”
The versatility of the Knit element was rendered thanks to the Artist?s experiences in the kinetic and optical studies, art movements she belonged to in her past. Such important background allowed her to move the colours tone to tone in an apparently in line solution.
Fluxus found its practical application in the Rome project covering a surface area of 60 m² and using 80,000 handmade glass Knit elements – 6000 kg of glass, steel and technology. The structure consists of mirrored laser cut metal tracks, creating a sense movement. Running on these tracks are fine cross-beams to which the Knit elements are anchored, attached one by one by means of a technical device created to an original Andromeda design. The lighting is provided by 5000 punctiform halogen lamps distributed in a network across the internal surface of the wave.
The starting point for the sculpture is a structure I conceived from the beginning as a balance of forces united to form a movement I would describe as fluctuating, soft and enveloping, flowing between well defined points and lines to create a texture which traces out paths of signs and colours to achieve complete visual equilibrium.
Knit for Andromeda is a system I designed of hand made Murano glass loops that can be woven together from a few to thousands to create endless configurations of delicate ornate glass chandeliers and lighting. Our living spaces and objects should ideally be organic, transformable, flexible and allow objects and furniture to breathe – to shape the personality of the space, and knit is the fabric of light itself, to forever keep space dynamic, luxurious, and inspiring.
At a time when customers are demanding more and more clear and compelling contents, from uniqueness to innovation Andromeda invests its strengths in defining art contents and technical research to provide an adequate response to such demand, often anticipating it through the creation of aesthetic scenarios which open up new frontiers of research.
This visionary ability produces works which are beyond the established canons and classifications. They can rather be described as Inspirations which are gradually defining a new environment where art, design and the highest manual skills dialogue. A space defined by the desire to explore and the determination to create value for those who choose an Andromeda enlightening glass artwork.
[highlight1] Data [/highlight1]
Type: Pendant light, SCULPTURE
Materials: handmade glass Knit, steel, mirrored hand shaped
Materials Combination: Metal + Glass, Eco / Recycled / Green
Lamp Type: Halogen
[highlight1] The people [/highlight1]
Lighting Designer: Karim Rashid & Michela Vianello
Text Description: © Courtesy of Karim Rashid & Michela Vianello, Andromeda
Images: © Andromeda, Karim Rashid, Michela Vianello