|Special one-off projects can be so much more than something that disappears after the initial fanfare.
Creativity with a limited brief, deserves to be shared.
Each year, Michael Grubb Studio participate in the annual Darc Awards and 2017 London Design Festival and work in collaboration with a lighting manufacturer to develop a temporary light-art installation. This year it was Lumenpulse, who provided their support, enthusiasm and energy.
The Darc Awards is something we always enjoy participating in. This is where independent architectural lighting designers and light artists vote for their favourite lighting schemes. A big event on the lighting design calendar.
The theme for the installation this year, was on the creation of a geodesic dome.
The teams who took part, were supplied a dome kit to then customise our own structure. This also meant that the dome had to be taken down and then transported to Dalston, London for the event.
Think, Play, Produce In Practice
An innovative project, but limited time, how do these things work? Stuart Alexander, our senior designer explained, “We have shared the principal of think, play, produce. Putting it into practice is always important.”
“To get a project like this off the ground and everyone to buy-in and create shared enthusiasm, the merging of ideas is key.”
“We each went away, we collated, we grabbed, we scribbled and then we shared together how the dome could work. One thing I have always noticed from the Darc Awards is how a theme pushes each of us.”
When it came to the concept, we devised a pallette of textures, styles and forms that we loved. We then worked to curate the variety of thoughts into one concept, with key words such as ‘psychedelic’, ‘beach shanty’ and ‘repetitive patterns’ being key starting points.
We believed by making the actual structure into a sculpture would give us a strong starting point and little need to do much more. We honed our efforts into that.