Central Saint Martins - Concrete Lights, Central Saint Martins - Shaded Building, Central Saint Martins - Concrete Shadows. I like the smooth transition of the light as it emanates and radiates from the source, it creates a soft glow, the warm colour temperature of the light gives of a calming mood. I like the contrast between the reflective panelling and the textured brickwork, even though they are on the same plane they react to the light in very different ways. I like the way that the concrete directs the light and extends the line of the edge with the line of the shadow, this creates a continuous effect, the monotone colour makes the light more obvious and prominent.
Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows. I like how the precise lines from the railings are projected onto the uneven surface of the ground as it warps and distorts the shadows. The shadows formed across the wall and the floor creates geometric patterns with sharp angles, this can change up the space depending on the direction of the light. Depending on the time of day the shadows can be sharper or softer, when the light is stronger the shadows are more defined and sharper, this can give a harsher mood, when the sun is setting or rising then the shadows are more diffused and softer, which can be more relaxing.
Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows. The rounded shape of the railing cause the light to smoothly transition over them, creating a gradient effect. The spacing in the railings mean that from certain angles it completely blocks out the light. I like how the shadows from two different objects overlap and form interesting combinations of light and dark. The shadows are parallel as they all are from the same light source. The different levels between the railing and the bricks causes the shadows to distort and shift slightly, this can give off the mood of disconnect. As the sun moves the shadows moves like a sundial.
Kings Cross - Light Tunnel, Central Saint Martins - Shadow From Window, Central Saint Martins - Water Fountain. Combining different colours of lights can make the colours change and blend, this colour changing tunnel would periodically switch between colours, they span the length of the entire wall. The rest of the tunnel is dimly lit so the light panel is more pronounced. I like the mixture between the different materials of the wall that the shadows from the window are casting on as they have different reactions to the light, the glass is reflective while the concrete isn't. The water from the fountains that are on the floor create a large temporary reflective surface, the water that is in the air distorts the image behind them.
Kings Cross - Metal Framework, Kings Cross - Window Shutters, Kings Cross - Geometric Ceiling. I like the radial metal framework as it supports the building and looks very modern, because of it's geometric pattern, the shadows that it casts are also very geometric. The modern framework juxtaposes the traditional building style in it's surroundings. The sheets of glass emit light from it's edges due to a process called total internal reflection, where the light is at a certain angle that can be directed to the edges. The slight curvature of the framework that encompasses the ceiling is very immersive, I find the texture and the symmetry of the frame to be aesthetically pleasing.
Kyla McCallum - Sonobe Wall Panel, Kyla McCallum - Leah Pendant, Kyla McCallum - Maya Pendant. These pieces are made using a modular origami technique called sonobe, the individual units can be slotted together to form a larger object, this artist adheres the paper using glue, which isn't used in traditional origami. The white colour scheme allows for shadows and highlights to show the form and all the different facets of the piece. The repeating tetrahedron pattern and symmetry gives a sense of order and regularity and peacefulness. Hanging the pendant lights in a set of three at varying heights gives visual interest to the piece and it directs the eye in a spiral formation.
Kyla McCallum - Leah Pendant, Kyla McCallum - Bespoke Lighting, Kyla McCallum - The Lighthouse. The paper that McCallum uses is Italian parchment, it has soft yellow glow through it when light is shone through it, this gives a warm feeling. The larger piece reminds me of coral as the shape looks organic and natural. The areas where the paper overlaps cause it to have less light pass through, so the intricate patterns of the paper folding is seen when the light is on. On the edges, where the tetrahedrons meet there isnt much paper there so the light shines the brightest and it almost outlines the pendant light. Bulbs of different brightness can be used to have a gradient effect.
Kyla McCallum - Ted Baker Lighting, Kyla McCallum - Equi Pendant, Kyla McCallum - The Lighthouse. The wave formation of the pendant light illuminates with a curved effect, the areas which the bulb can be seen allow the most light through. The use of a more translucent paper allows for a diffused light that can be used as mood lighting. The perforated material in the second pendant lets you see the bulb outline while still diffusing the light slightly, the small holes give off a textured shadow. This large installation of the pendant lights gives a dramatic feel as the light spills out on to the other pendants, not all of the pendants are on, this showcases the translucency of the paper.
Kyla McCallum - Equi Textiles, Kyla McCallum - Fold Pendant, Kyla McCallum - Desso Window Display. These origami tessellation pieces are compressible and have a fluid form. The paper pieces are made by using a grid technique where the lines are kept consistent. The fabric pieces were made using a pleating technique where the fabric is sandwiched between two sheets of brown paper then pressed and steamed. The folded piece can be manipulated and shaped to form a radial shape or a flowing ribbon. The use of a thicker fabric allows for a more rigid structure, the net material is translucent and allows light to pass through, this gives it an ethereal, otherworldly feeling.
Tom Dixon - Cut Tall Pendant Chrome, Tom Dixon - Etch Web Pendant Brass, Tom Dixon - Cut Gold Mega Pendant System. The glass has a one way coating on it so one side is clear and the other is reflective, the mirrored interior creates and infinite space effect, where the light seems to go on forever, the light also reflects and creates a spectrum because of the angled shape of the faces. The laser etched metal creates and intricate pattern, similar to a spider web, when light is shone through it to cast shadows, the shadows span across the entire room. This large pendant system can be a huge statement piece in a home or an office, the tiered design creates an elegant taper to the silhouette of the lamp.
Tom Dixon - Plane Chandelier, Tom Dixon - Fade Copper Round Pendant System, Tom Dixon - Etch Mini Chandelier. The round globe like enclosures that the bulbs are housed in create a contrast with the thin metal beams that support them. The lights are arranged in regular polygons that have more sides as you go up. The warm colour temperature of the light gives a soothing, relaxing mood to the room. The second pendant is an inverted teardrop shape with a surface finish that blends from 100% opacity to clear. The spiral formation gives a sense of movement and flow to a space. The combination of several different materials can add variety to the space and it adds visual interest.
Tom Dixon - Top Silver Linear Pendant System, Tom Dixon - Etch Pendant Steel & Copper, Tom Dixon - Etch Web Pendant Steel. The simple geometric shape of this pendant system is effective as they tessellate and fit together. The reflective surface that is slightly translucent allows for the bulb inside to be seen. The steel gives a more industial cold feel compared to the warmer tone of the copper pendant. The different angles of the pendant creates warped and distorted shadows, that spread across the wall. I like the overlapping shadows created by the pendants, created by the pendant array, this can symbolise community. The overlapping lines of the pendants gives a sense of chaos and entanglement.
Tom Dixon - Melt Pendant, Tom Dixon - Beat Pendant, Tom Dixon - Copper Pendant. The organic liquid like shape of the pendant gives it a life life extra terrestrial form. The uneven shape distorts the light coming out of the pendant, it also distorts the reflect that can be seen on it's outer surface. I like the contrast between the matte black outer surface and the luxurious hammered gold interior. The texture catches the light at different spots and it changes depending on the angle you are viewing it from. I like the spherical shape of the copper pendants and the distorted spheres that have been stretched and pulled. The round shape ties them together so that they match when displayed together in a room.