Good product design, like a good book, is impossible to put down. It hooks you with crafty storytelling and the spirit of its characters. These somewhat intangible qualities are imbued in the objects designed by Ilan El Light Life.
Tel Aviv born and bred, El cites early Bauhaus architecture as an early influence as an international style. Post graduation from the School of Architecture in Tel Aviv University, El launched a multi-disciplinary design studio specialising in interior, exhibition and product design.
Exploring and creating spatial experiences, he chose Melbourne, Australia’s Masters program at RMIT to stretch his design wings. Longing for fresh air, new light, friendly faces and good coffee, he launched himself into the attitude that makes our home city one of the most liveable in the world.
Specialising in Experiential illumination, El explored the spatial relationships light creates with environments and their occupants. Ways to harness illumination for a better wellbeing became a lynchpin for his explorations.
With support and and encouragement from peers and mentors, El quickly garnered both commercial and critical success. His small, artisanal practice is what Ilan El does best. Two hard working industrial design graduates form the backbone of the studio practice, assembling from detailed briefs and architectural drawings. El’s belief in the value of providing a mentoring platform with his employees creates a harmonious and generous working environ where no task is too small or too herculean.
Several years ago, El was invited to collaborate with the ‘Space dance’ group in Tokyo. The group is known for their contemporary Japanese dance – Butoh. It is an avant- garde performance art that has its origins in Japan in the 1960’s, concentrating on body formation and momentous interactions.
Consequently, El was inspired to design an interactive adjustable luminary named nu. The piece is constructed by four sections (limbs) hinged together (joints) and ready to take on endless formations. Combined with illumination, it generates an environment for exploration of light sculpting; Dance with light.
Nu is a perfect example of his ability to create works that can become unique to any situation, or any client’s whim. And endless amount of shapes and configurations can be created by moving the pieces on their connecting swivels, which in turn effects the way the piece hangs, and the direction the light is cast. Notably, the simplicity of each of the segments’ form, slightly tapered to one end, belies the potential complexity of the greater whole – it can’t help but be interesting to look at. Each segment glows on a different side, allowing light to emanate in all directions with light and form. When closed, it seems to hug itself, creating a geometric arrangement of light that evokes Escher’s impossible shapes.
The piece is also as comfortable on the floor or a table as it is being hung from a ceiling – effectively doubling as a sculpture it can again be arranged into any desired configuration. Larger versions are currently in development as I type.
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