We close our Art of Design series with memorising light installations by Dutch designers Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift in Amsterdam.
FLYLIGHT is an interactive light installation. The movement of light within the glass tubes is inspired by the behaviour of flocking birds and the fascinating patterns they make in the air.
Like schools of fish, the birds fly as if they were a single entity, creating complex, continuously shifting patterns. The behaviour is an example of ‘Self-organisation’ where no one bird leads the group. Rather each individual is reacting to the speed and direction of the few birds immediately surrounding it. Amazingly, two birds never collide.
The behaviour of FLYLIGHT is not programmed to a repeated pattern. Birds continuously have to choose their path. Accordingly, the glass tubes light up and respond to the viewer; in the same way that a flock of birds would respond when encountering an object in its proximity.
The first designs for FLYLIGHT were commissioned in 2007 and have been further developed into the different forms which were shown at Salone del Mobile in Milan, The Israel Museum and at La Biennale di Venezia and Luminale Frankfurt. Studio DRIFT is currently working on customized FLYLIGHTS for private houses and public spaces.
To experience the interactive beauty of Studio Drift’s FLYLIGHTS, you can view FLYLIGHT videos here >
About Studio Drift
Studio Drift was founded by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, both graduates of the Academy of Einhoven. The duo’s skills are complimentary; Nauta’s precise knowledge of craft, materials and production techniques; Curtain’s intuitive awareness of concept and composition.
Studio Drift is located within the city centre of Amsterdam, where most of their work is conceptualised, created and assembled. Studio Drift collaborates with scientists, professors, university departments, research facilities and engineers to create truly innovative and ground-breaking projects.
Their work has been exhibited at leading museums and fairs worldwide, as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum of Arts & Design New York, Shanghai World Expo, Design Miami, Design Miami / Basel, La Biennale di Venezia and Salone del Mobile in Milan. Studio Drift has also received a number of prestigious wards for their work.
Further information ..
You can find out more about FLYLIGHT, and other inspiring Studio Drift projects at the Studio Drift website >
Photo credits: Studio Drift
- On 4th January 2013