Cables, cords and connections are elements that will appear in a final design, like them or not. Pretty architectural and interior drawings that ignore these essentials are misleading at best, and dishonest at worst. Even worse: it is these poor-fitting parts that stand out the most at the end of the day. Dubbed Light Forest by Ontwerpduo, this series of ceiling lamps addresses the problem head on
Playful branch-like coated-aluminum housing bends, twists and folds open like a plant to hold bulbs exactly where desired within a space. A light-finished variant was created as a single-colored gesture, while a copper interior provides a burst of shiny contrast in another version.
The advantages of this approach are multiple. First, the result is design-driven from start to finish – the power-providing system is not an afterthought. Second, the system is flexible – it lets you place fixtures according to the needs of a layout, rather than on a fixed plan. Third, it can be installed after-the-fact, added to an existing room as a layer on top of a finished or dropped ceiling. There’s also a wall-mounted version.
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“Light Forest is a highly adaptable wall and ceiling lamp system that can be configured in multiple ways, and which can vary in expression from organic and whimsical, to geometric and austere. Light Forest comes in two versions: a ceiling option which can be assembled in four different combinations, and a wall version that can be assembled in four combinations.”
“Its branches are made from extruded aluminium tubes — strong and light — and the lampshades or flowers are spun from copper or brass, which lends a warm glow to the light source. The entire system is coated with a matte lacquer, giving it an aesthetic that can be both industrial and organic, both austere and whimsical, depending on its configuration.”