Fragile Future III Light By Drift


Dandelion seeds and electricity have been made unlikely companions in the breathtaking chandelier Fragile Future III.  As Drift designers Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn reveal “two extremes have made a pact to survive”.   Fragile Future III reinforces the designers’ continuing dialogue on the “amalgamation of nature and technology”.

The base of the fixture is a concrete block from which LED lights have been anchored by a geometric, yet airy metal frame.  Hundreds of dandelion seeds have been painstakingly adhered around each LED light, encasing it in a delicate and captivating seed cloud.  One module consists of a visible circuit and three ‘Dandelights’, which is an alternative single-dandelion version of the fixture. The Fragile Future III system is fashioned to easily attach to an adjacent section, allowing for unlimited configurations of multiple modules.

FRAGILE FUTURE III, image by Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Fragile Future III, as its name implies, is the third version of the collection.  Its predecessors, Fragile Future I and II, were incapable of forming 3D compositions, and were more fragile than their successor.

Fragile Future III is a collaborative project between Drift and the London based Carpenters Workshop Gallery.  Fixtures are purchased through Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Fragile Future III won the Moet Hennessy Prize at the Pavilion of Art & Design London in 2010.

Drift presented the Fragile Future III collection recently at Dubai Design Days, March 18-21, 2012. Drift is an Amsterdam-based company founded in 2006 by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn.

More about Drift

”In this time of information overload and exaggerated senses, we hope that our work emphasizes the metaphysical quality of human sensations, that it establishes a point of balance in the midst of the contradictions of daily life, and that it stresses immaterial – spiritual and emotional – values.  Because of these goals, light has been one of our favourite mediums; light expresses emotions in a very direct way”. – Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn

Since 2006 their work has been exhibited at leading museums and fairs worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum London, Museum of Arts & Design New York, World Expo Shanghai, Design / Miami, Salone del Mobile Milan, Design Week Tokyo and Design Act Moscow.

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