Inspiration: Fluxus Weaving Glass and Light Together

Inspiration: Fluxus Weaving Glass and Light Together

Range Govindan
Jul 16, 2009

Imagine a different sort of light fixture, one that could just hang from the ceiling and give a natural light, almost like the light from the sun. Now think about how these lights are put together. They are woven. This is exactly what Karim Rashid masterminded in collaboration with Michela Vianello for what they call Fluxus, a wave of glass and light.

This incredible looking thing is called Fluxus and it's basically a weave of glass and light in the form of a wave, combining the skills of Karim Rashid and the art of Michela Vianello. Rashid apparently designed the knit and the grid of glass elements this light fixture is composed of. Vianello then shaped it into the weaving form that we see in the photos. This piece of art is currently on display in the White Gallery, a lifestyle store in Rome. Fluxus covers a surface area of about 645 sqf and uses 42,000 handmade glass elements in 5 different colors. The lighting is provided by 5,000 micro lights distributed evenly over the internal surface of the weave or wave. We think that it's a weave in the shape of a wave. We've read that this gallery will open in October.

This unique light fixture took about two years of research and seven months of development before it was created. The knit can be bent in different forms and it was made for an Italian manufacturer named Andromeda, who is already looking into commercial applications. We can see many ourselves. Blanketing a ceiling with this weave is just extraordinary. The amount of light created this way must be incredible to see. [via Core77]

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