LMAKbooks+design is pleased to announce Studio Susanne de Graef’s first New York solo exhibition: Light Enlightened. The exhibition will present selections from the Rhythm of Light collection and her most recent Glint Light collection.
In Light Enlightened, Studio Susanne de Graef invites the viewer for an exclusive look into the curious world of light. The exhibition focuses on the way in which light unravels and how this sensory experience is transformed into lighting pieces. The viewer experiences a world filled with little surprises waiting to be discovered and his ultimately challenge is to unravel the story that is hidden right in front of your eyes.
Influenced by the natural phenomena of light, Studio Susanne de Graef designed The Rhythm of Light collection, a light-object that maintains the essence of light itself and mimics the movement of the sun as it rises and sets each day. The light-object has fine threads that display the spectrum of the rainbow. The crinoline,a 19th century hoop skirt, was the inspiration for it’s shape and structure. In the center, diffused light from the singular bulb scatters, creating a lively interplay of light and shadow. The light can be installed in two different positions, allowing for a variety in form and appearance.
While exploring the genesis of artificial light, the studio took inspiration from old Philips light bulb posters from early 20th century to develop their latest collection: Glint Light. The light beams, scattered from the light bulb, shows the essence of light and its effect: a beautifully illustrated geometric pattern. The Glint Light collection interacts with its surroundings via patterns that are translated into shape and material, mixed together with the effects of light.
Both the Rhythm of Light and Glint Light collections engage with dispersion of light, creating a grand impact with minimal use of materials. Materials are used in unconventional and inventive ways, searching for the boundaries of what is possible. Details and tactility play a vital role. Both collections maintain a sense of past, drawing from the sun and antique fashion, while maintaining a contemporary outlook with the development of artificial light.
The exhibition is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and is part of NYC x Design, 2017