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VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

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Slip, Paperback, 3 vols, 7.5 x 10.25 in. / 300 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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PUB DATE 1/31/2014
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CATALOG: FALL 2013 p. 54   

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ISBN 9783931936051 TRADE
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Weil am Rhein, Germany
Vitra Design Museum, 09/28/13-03/16/14

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VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Lightopia

Published by Vitra Design Museum
Text by Beate Binder, Hartmut Böhme, Thea Brejzek, Fulvio Ferrari, Peter and Charlotte Fiell, Joseph Grima, Bart Lootsma, Sidney Perkowitz, Peter Weibel, et al.

Featured image, Joris Laarman's Halflife Lamp (2010), is reproduced from <I>Lightopia</I>.Lightopia investigates the development of light design, taking a novel perspective by placing the current paradigm shift in the larger context of cultural history. The starting point for the book is the Vitra Design Museum’s extensive, never before seen lighting collection, from which particularly rare and important pieces are reproduced here—by designers such as Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Achille Castiglioni and Gino Sarfatti. Parallel to these works, contemporary examples from the fields of design and art explore the current developments and transitions in light design: from new illumination concepts and innovative light designs to dynamic urban street lighting and energy efficient multifunctional (media) facades up to art installations and light experiments. Lightopia looks at natural phenomena and new technologies as well as exploring the fundamental emotional power of light. The spectrum of works surveyed extends from light objects inter alia by Troika and Mischer Traxler up to installations by Olafur Eliasson. These art and design objects are juxtaposed with exhibits from different cultural-historical contexts, which all allude to light’s various symbolic connotations and speak of people’s ongoing fascination with light throughout the ages.

Featured image, Joris Laarman's Halflife Lamp (2010), is reproduced from Lightopia.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/9/2014

Lightopia

LightopiaThe "Emil & Clara" lamp installation, from Austrian design office mischler'traxler's Relumine series, is reproduced from Lightopia, just out from the Vitra Design Museum. Essayist Jolanthe Kugler cites the lamps' "ironic commentary," explaining, "For the exhibition Bulb Fiction the studio developed the Relumine series (2010). Each installation consists of two classic luminaires designed to house a conventional light bulb, replaced here by a fluorescent tube that connects the two luminaires. The new light source not only sparks a dialogue between the two luminaires, but radically alters their appearance and expression. With a view to energy saving, it is good to know that the luminaires together now require less energy than they did in their former lives." continue to blog


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