Project Year: 2017
Photo: Child Studio
Here is an absolutely new and fascinating collection of sculptural light objects, which is presented by the London Child Studio during the Design Week in Milan in 2017. The collection was published under the title “In the shadow of a man”.
It includes one wall and four free-standing lamps, which playfully experiment with architectural forms and the perception of space and volume by spectators. The very name of the collection is inspired by the phrase of the Greek-Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico, whose surrealistic pictures often depict architectural compositions and the strong interaction of light and shadow. As de Chirico himself describes, the shadow is a complete world full of metaphysical energy and meaning:
In the shadow of a person walking on a sunny day, there is much more mystery than in all world’s religions.
The new collection of Child Studio, obviously, is based on the works of de Chirico, as well as on the architectural landscapes of Aldo Rossi and the brilliant minimalism of the theater director Bob Wilson. For each design in the collection, the Child Studio’s designers Chieh Huang and Alexei Kostikov use a single illuminated ball, located on a wooden base of ash. The uniqueness of these designs is that they seem to balance the sphere in impossible positions, as if they were rotating inside a bowl or standing on inclined surfaces. The intention of designers was to capture these spheres “at the point of subtle equilibrium, as if frozen in time.”
This wood was chosen because of the bold, irregular patterns that it contains, which reminded the designers a marble’s veins or randomized digital patterns. These organic forms in the wood were given a glossy finish to emphasize the similarity of the material to the stone, and to make each base monolithic and sculptural. Bold colors have also been used for some designs to make their shape stand out and create an interesting interaction between the inherent wood texture and carefully polished surface.