Shylight By Drift

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We typically don’t have a physical dialogue with our light fixtures. However, designers at Drift have created a brilliant lighting collection called Shylight that cleverly marries technology, nature and human interface to create a memorable, poetic experience.

Shylights are lamps housed in a metal ‘cocoon’ that are activated to descend and expose billowy silk folds, like a flower unfolding in the sun. Turning the fixture on activates a system of springs, triggering movement of the lamps. By switching the fixture off, the lamp retracts back into its enclosure.  The end result is an ephemeral, luminous dance.

The designers cite “Inspiration for creating the Shylights comes from the fact that everything in nature, whether it is flora or fauna, is constantly moving and changing; it is alive! Shyness, fear, pride and hope, we not only see in humans and animals, but in a more subtle form in plants and flowers.”

The lamp brightness and the speed at which the lamps move are programmable and controlled by an iPhone or iPad. Additionally, the lamps, available in three different ‘species’, can be choreographed to perform to music. Materials used in the lamps include stainless steel, aluminum, silk fabric and high-power LED lamps.

Drift presented the Shylight 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.

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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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