Holiday Light Fixture
dyD Studios, New York City
The Holiday Light Fixture began as research not into
illumination, but an architectural space. Using typologies of trailer, primitive
hut, and shipping container, we sought to explore fundamental and familiar
experiences, in particular, passage and texture. In application, the study of
passage lead to a closer look at aperture and revealing. The study of texture
lead most dynamically to juxtaposition of opposites. Matte versus gloss, natural
versus artificial, light versus saturated, rough versus smooth, planar versus
obique, regulated versus free-form. We used light to identify, clarify and
refine these juxtapositions. Ultimately, light became essential to revealing and
enhancing the spatial and textural construct.
A point source, a 15 watt A-lamp, is located at the center core of the
object. In one aspect, the construct becomes a mechanism, or simple instrument,
for realizing an array of illumination potentials of a point source. Copper mesh
diffuses light. Patterned metallic blue film reflects and refracts. The small
top aperture focuses light. Vertical slices define shapes and edges with light.
The sliding panels demonstrate the mechanical adjustment of light. Still, as an
architectural construct, the fixture remains a study of space and passage.