Dennis Parren’s Colorful Lighting Installations for Saint-Etienne

Dennis Parren creates colourful lighting )


Installations formed by blending colored lights, and a lamp based on jellyfish were produced by Dutch designer Dennis Parren for the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015. Three projects by Studio Dennis Parren were installed at the Puits Couriot Parc-musée de la Mine – an historic mining site that has been turned into a museum and public park in Saint-Etienne, central France.

Shown as part of the city’s 9th biennial design earlier this year, all of the designs built on Parren’s work with controlled RGB lighting – using red, blue and green LEDs to create multi-colored patterns and shadows on surfaces where the light overlaps in different combinations. He has previously produced a lamp and a light bulb that cast colored shadows using a similar technique.

For his Gradient installation, colored lights and white light were projected at slightly different angles onto a surface of protruding white polystyrene shapes with round bases and a pair of slanted faces that joined along the top. Each of the faceted forms was angled differently from its neighbors, so the blend of colored light changed gradually across the floor as different surfaces picked up and reflected different projections.

The LEDs were slowly rotated so different overlaps of the RGB combinations were created on the surfaces, causing an effect that made the colors appear to flow across the spiky carpet. Parren used exactly the same lighting technique for another installation called Reflections, which replaced the polystyrene shapes with more angular and uneven forms made from the material.

Zigzagging ridges laid out horizontally in arrangements parallel and perpendicular to one another were designed to trap the colored light and reflect it multiple times between the surfaces. The amplified reflections formed color gradients on each of the planes, which again shifted when the LEDs were rotated.


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Wearable, Edible Design



Using 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC technologies, TourDeFork designs easy and accessible DIY projects which can be downloaded for free from the monthly Italian magazine CASAfacile’s website and taken to the nearest FABlab to be transformed into real objects.


The collection includes laser cut acrylic rings which you can decorate with fruit, sweets, or any other delicious treats of your fancy. Desserts and fruits become precious jewels to be put on proud display. And when you’re done playing dress up, don’t fret… your midnight snack is ready to be eaten and enjoyed, without waste.


FIFT, a Japanese design studio from Okayama, captures the idea of wearing what you love and makes you happy in each moment with the “pick a jewel” collection. Hidden in your daily life, are jewels to add to your lifestyle.


Katsunari Igarashi and Asami Igarashi, who launched in 2008, have found the perfect way for one to constantly customize their own jewelry. By designing theses effortlessly chic clips, you can find anything from freshly cut herbs, cherries, or citrus rinds to dangle from your ears. Not only can you add a splash of color to your outfit… but a natural fragrance as well.










The Centennial Light Bulb Defies Time


A Fire Station at 4550 East Avenue Livermore in California, guards a special light bulb; a centennial light bulb that has been shining continuously since 1901. The bulb has been turned off just several times during its lifetime. It has been maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department for the last 40 years where it was relocated from the 2 miles away old fire department. During its relocation the bulb was off for 22 minutes, which was the longest time it had ever been deprived of power.


This Centennial light bulb is officially listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and General Electric, who all agree that it is the longest-lasting bulb in the world.


The Centennial bulb was produced by Shelby; a company whose central focus was the durability of their products. The bulb’s longevity has been attributed to its low wattage, its perfect seal, not being turned off and on, and dedicated power supply.




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Carolina González Vives inflatable Pods


Among the vast sprawl of buildings in Madrid, there is one particular rooftop that displays a series of inflatable pods. Sited on the rooftop of Casadecor and designed by Carolina González Vives, the project is called ‘Cloud Observatory’ where the balloon-like pods are carefully thought-out mechanisms acting as cooling devices. Maintaining the cloud and sky theme, the space has been decorated with the printed cloud tiles and mirrors. Decoratively interesting, the pods are more sustainable and cheaper in comparison to air conditioning and also act as subtle space dividers while providing shade. The lightweight constructions were conceived through the exploration of air, water and evaporation and are able to float due to the air density.






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Javier De Riba Revives Floors Of Abandoned Buildings


Javier De Riba, a Barcelona-born artist and designer, spray- paints ceramic tile- like patterns on the floors of abandoned buildings,  giving them life and history. By creating these impeccably detailed patterns, he pays an homage to ceramic tiles that are typical of his homeland. These vivid patterns come from 19th-century hydraulic mosaic factories indigenous to Catalonia.




Black Box writing studio by ANX captures iconic Los Angeles views


A small writing studio designed by Aaron Neubert Architects on a hill in Los Angeles frames views of the Griffith Observatory and other landmarks through a room-sized picture window. The 200-square-foot (18.5 square meters) studio by LA-based Aaron Neubert Architects (ANX) is located in the Franklin Hills neighborhood and serves as a workspace for a technology columnist and author.


The dark-stained redwood and blackened-steel structure features a 10 foot by 12 foot (3 meters by 3.6 meters) window wall. The studio is located behind the client’s existing residence. The steeply sloped site is terraced, with the new structure placed at the highest tier.


Due to the steep terrain, the architect and his builder hung the two large glass sections – which together comprise the window – off the roof of the structure and then lowered them into place. One was broken during installation and had to be replaced and rehung. Visitors climb the steps up the hill and then turn around to face the view. They enter the studio from the side through a large sliding glass door, making the corner of the studio almost entirely transparent.


The all-white interior is simply furnished with a pale-colored desk and chairs. The uncluttered space is designed to further emphasize the views. The studio has proven so popular with the client that his wife has asked Neubert to design a workspace for her as well.
The simplicity and purity of artist studios make them an appealing typology for architects, one open to countless interpretations – like the concrete bunker in Chile or the building in Scotland with quilted zinc cladding.






The Sphere Series by David Bridburg- In Honor of Many Great Artists



David Bridbrug is an American fine artist that uses photos of famous paintings and gives them a modern aspect by digital image processing. David’s aim is to update the perception of blending famous art with modern design and incorporate it with current trends. Sphere series are blurred photos from the impressionist and post-impressionist movement that indicate well-known art pieces whereas the clear, highlighted image that floats in the “bubble” evokes amazement and satisfies our curiosity. David allows us to show our love for Degas, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet and others by making their presence in our homes in a contemporary and eye-catching fashion.


Canvas Seating- A Mind Blowing Award Winning Design by YOY


A Tokyo-based design studio YOY, founded by Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto, have drawn a lot of attention with their extraordinary design named “Canvas” on the design scene since Innermost launched the product in Autumn 2013. Canvas has been exhibited at some of the industry’s most relevant trade fairs including Maison et Objet in Paris, Light+Building in Frankfurt, Design Junction and Salone Satellite in Milan, ICFF in New York, not to mention other fairs. Canvas gives a false appearance of a 2- dimensional flat image leaning against a wall but serves as a seating, leaving a surreal impression of sitting on a flat image. The frame is made of wood and aluminium and covered with an elastic fabric that can withstand the weight of a person. This clever design could become a highly useful feature in space-deprived interiors. Canvas Seating won The Design For Asia Award in 2014.







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Illuminate The Arts Reveals New Project: Light Rail


Illuminate the Arts – the Bay Area collective behind The Bay Lights project has a new project in their sights. LightRail is the world’s first subway-responsive light sculpture. By visualizing the real-time movement of underground trains along Market Street, it will transform San Francisco’s main artery into a scene of wonder and awe for millions.


Two LED ‘strands’ in the center of Market Street will stretch two miles from Van Ness Avenue to The Embarcadero, suspended safely above SF MUNI lines by anchoring into existing light post infrastructure. They will use BART and MUNI APIs to brilliantly illuminate the movement of underground trains. After BART and MUNI have closed, randomly distributed small pulses of light will move along Market Street, simulating the passage of pedestrians. The piece will thus be a celebration of the many sustainable modes of transit that make up city life, seamlessly connecting the entire length of Market Street, crossing socio-economic divides. It will celebrate the 40th anniversary of BART and 100th anniversary of MUNI, which together transport over 300,000 riders daily.






An artist and a professor makes a mirror out of penguins


Daniel Rozin, an artist and a NYU professor who uses mirror as the main theme in his work, has recently presented a new exhibition starring robotic penguins.


The installation “Penguins mirror” is on display at New York’s bitforms gallery until July 1, featuring 450 penguin plush robots scattered on the floor that move and rotate in a harmonized choreography  to mirror visitor’s posture.


While art usually displays its content, Rozin highlights that he enjoys  delivering content in the form of visitor’s perception and interaction.


The robotic penguin toys are black on one side and white on the other. Each toy is attached to the base that allows the penguin to rotate. A video camera brings a visual information to a central processing unit, which makes penguins turn in real-time, mirroring the visitor’s outline in black and white.


Rozin explains why he decided to use a penguin as a mirror: “Penguins are black and white, making them an inevitable pixel candidate. They huddle in groups. They are birds that don’t fly but they swim very gracefully, in the Penguins Mirror I programmed some transformation animations that resemble flocking of birds and schooling of fish. Perhaps these penguins are dreaming of flying.”


The exhibit is a part of a mirror installation “Descent with Modification” that features six  “mirrors”, inspired by Charles Darwin’s writing on evolutionary biology.