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When we talk about future of lighting, we speak devices, screens, wireless, data. Lumens, watts, luxes tail somewhat behind. The industry is head-on to a symbiosis of a light emitting radio transmitting gadget.

A proof of the idea — recent developments in the US labs. GE showed the indoor navigation system, where light helps to guide a shopper to the products selected via his or her app.

No more distractions?

No more distractions?

How it works?¬†Visual light communication (VLC) between an LED light source in a fitting and a phone camera happens when the phone is trying to locate the position of a shopper (or warehouse cart!) indoors. Networked LED then serve two functions — general lighting and orientation. ByteLight from Boston, MA, call themselves a software company, but their solution might dramatically change all the hardware that lighting companies around the world are making. Acuity Brands, a large lighting corporation, has recently acquired ByteLight. Good navigation: they know where they are going!

Illustration courtesy of GE Lighting

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art, lighting, sculpture

Dan Flavin’s Impermanent Medium of Eternal Light

Are you familiar with the feeling, when you stumble on something, and could not let it off your mind? Several weeks ago a book on a collection of Italian patron of arts, Giuseppe Panza, has opened midway in front of us. Odd in the sea of flea market at Zaabeel Park in Dubai, old yet still glossy pages of the book offered a deep glow of a green fluorescent tube.

That was my first encounter with Dan Flavin, American artist that worked extensively with light and chose T12 fluorescent tube as his stroke. Flavin, 1933 – 1996, is said to have his roots in dadaism, labeled minimalist by critics, claimed himself a maximalist. We will try to bring out a hypothesis, why he did so.

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin

American economy was thundering in the 50-s and 60-s and fluorescent tube became a symbol of a new era, a must of any dollar churning premises: a bank, a Bellagio resort in Vegas, a Kroger supermarket. I repeat, this is our theory, but a T12 tube may had a certain meaning for Dan Flavin, although he would dismiss any interpretation in his works.

Flavin to Tatlin

Flavin to Tatlin

Flavin bid an honour to a Russian architect and sculptor, Vladimir Tatlin. Direct, bright, sorry for the pun, full of light sculptures — tributes to Tatlin — are just a perfect way to show a revolutionary constructivism. Flavin’s sculptures surely have been noisy too. Ballasts that operated the lamps did make a lot of buzz, like a Soviet Ministry!

The last work of Dan Flavin in Berlin

The last work of Dan Flavin in Berlin

Brutal light of Dan Flavin poured over the US border, and the artist was commissioned by many a client in Europe. His last work was a Hamburger Banhof, a railway station turned museum, in Berlin. Flavin is said to have requested to never turn off his installation off. A real challenge to a fluorescent tube, isn’t it?

Photos from various open resources in the internet. We only use them to show our readers the beauty of the light.

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design, fashion, friends, lighting

A New Field of Science

This post somehow got incepted and talked about and even written on the plane. Call this serendipity, but light fixtures created by Dan Vakhrameyev and Kateryna Fedorenko have a great load of air in them. No surprise that some of our readers see this post in an airport or perhaps even aboard above the Arabian Gulf.

We got in touch with the duo from Kiev — The Fild — and asked them to tell Light Intelligence about their light fittings.

Dan and Kateryna. Light is in the air

Dan and Kateryna. Light is in the air

Dan, Salvador Dali International University Alumni, has started The Fild in 2012. Path to lighting trailed through successful collaborations in the world of fashion and graphic design, when Kateryna Fedorenko and Dan have joined forces. Kateryna has before successfully founded a fashion brand L’UVE and brought with her unique fashion vision.

Their collection Sustainable Origins (SO) consists of eight objects. As Kateryna describes it “Light is simply one of the necessary decorative elements of interior design. We have just expressed the ideas that visited us!” Designers describe their style as clean minimalism and seek inspiration in graphic design. Texture is a key, and to metaphysical light, they add wood and metal.

SO1 from the Ukrain duo

SO1 from the Ukrainian duo

Dan and Kateryna meticulously select their suppliers and demand only the best quality of LED light sources and gears. Impossible to miss, textile cords that match the color of wooden base, are a sign of good taste.

SO8 inviting into a cosy warm hotel of light

SO8 inviting into a cosy warm hotel of light

We loved the suspended linear fixture SO8. A sheet of metal lovingly wraps around the wooden base and leaves an opening just enough for the right amount of light to pour. We won’t be too much far off if we predict this fixture would even meet EN standards for glare control!

Pardon the pun, but there may be a new filed of science happening here. Aetherophosology, we shall call it, with a great load of light in the air.

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