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Jonas Wannfors’ Krystall Chandelier

This thing is extremely cool – check out Swedish designer Jonas Wannfor’s Krystall Chandelier:

I love the new-age look of this fixture!  I really want to put a lux meter near it and see what kind of output it has.

It’s essentially a big fiber optic chandelier – the light pump is hidden up inside the aluminum cowling on the top there, and the light refracts through the acrylic rods.  Each rod is heated to create some little facets or fractures to make the rods glow brighter.  Pretty awesome!  Very new age.

I highly recommend checking out Jonas Wannfors’ website, regardless of the fact that there is nothing there.  You can check out another Jonas Wannfors’ project, The Swedes, which is an artistic collaborative he started with Jessica Fryklund and Love Neuschütz.

Krystall Chandelier is a bit way out of my price range, at $1395.00, at Y Lighting.  They are offering free shipping though, there’s that.  Someday I’ll make enough to be able to buy stuff like that!

Honeycomb – A Wall and Ceiling Product by Swarovski

Back in Plano, TX in the mall by our apartment there is a Swarovski Crystal store – walking by that store is like staring in the face of an exploding star.  Lots of luxury products, lots of stuff I cannot afford, the color red, and gazillions of sparkling crystals.

One thing I did not know about is Swarovski’s Architectural division; I discovered two products in that division I found interesting – the Honeycomb wall and ceiling products.  Swarovski custom creates these products per each individual consumer order – the product is a lattice work light product, with either an LED or fiber optic-sourced light.  From the website:

A cut crystal, when light falls on it, gleams radiantly in the honeycomb structure on a wall or ceiling. Architecture, light and crystal appear to unite in a fully new way. The extraordinary combination of materials blends completely into the architecture and attracts the glances of the viewers.

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Thanks, Daily Icon!

Wybron’s Transition and Autopilot in Amarillo, TX

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Wybron put out a press release that I just now got – darn them internets!  They just helped a church in Amarillo, TX make some magic in a very unconventional worship hall setup – arena seating!

WYBRON’S TRANSITION, AUTOPILOT ILLUMINE TEXAS CHURCH

When Trinity Fellowship Church of Amarillo, Texas, set out to design a new 4,000-seat sanctuary, it chose a stage in the round – a unique feature for a house of worship.

“We wanted to keep it more intimate. We didn’t just want to expand like a proscenium stage where you have people several hundred yards away,” said Russell Kollaja, Trinity’s lighting designer.

This creative space called for creative lighting, and Wybron played a part with its Autopilot II performer tracking system and Transition fiber-optic illuminator.

As the focal point of the nearly $40 million dollar facility, the 46-foot stage needed to be exceptionally well lit. During the music portion of a service, four lights needed to follow each of the two worship leaders standing on either side of the stage.

In an ordinary building, that might have required eight followspots, but that wasn’t practical for Trinity, said Paul Braile of Top Dog Spotlighting. In this circular room where audience members face each other, the followspots would have been visually distracting to worshippers, blocking views of the room’s several video screens.

“You would need to install truss spots, and that would be downright ugly,” Braile said. “Autopilot was absolutely the perfect call for this church.”

With Autopilot, the two worship leaders remain perfectly lit as they move around the stage. And when the music’s done, Autopilot tracks the pastor as he addresses his message to the 360-degree room.

With the area above the stage more open and visible to the audience, designers decided on something breathtaking: a twinkling fiber-optic starfield created by six Transition fiber-optic illuminators.  With fiber-optic cable inserting through a draped dark cloth, it almost feels like looking up at a night sky, Russell Kollaja said.

“It’s calming and soothing. You don’t look up and see the air ducts, you don’t see cables,” he said.

The entire lighting rig includes about 200 moving lights, with about 20 of them connected to Autopilot, said Niel Galen of Lighting Design Group.

Galen’s firm has worked with the church for several years, ever since the firm helped light the sanctuary for some television specials on marriage. The new rig can also be modified for TV use, Galen said.

“I think it turned out great. The people at Trinity are very happy; they have a killer system that has incredible flexibility for any number of different things they could do down the road,” Galen said.

The church also utilizes Wybron’s Nexera color-mixing luminaires in the children’s area of the campus as well as its west sanctuary. The Nexera combines CMY dichroic color mixing with a powerful light fixture available in profile and wash models.

For more information about Wybron, call (719) 548-9774, e-mail info@wybron.com, or visit www.wybron.com.

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The Kurage Lamp Series by Schemata Architecture Office

Fiber optic deliciousness – this series of fixtures from Schemata Architecture Office is a colorful wonderland of fiber optic awesome – clusters of light fibers in some kind of controlled chaos formation.  That’s what I’m calling it, so there.

This work is so crazy and so different to me that I could only use it in architecture that suits it perfectly.  Now I’m looking for the perfect architecture.  Check out the Schemata website, and the Kurage 1, Kurage 2, and Kurage 3 lines.

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Thanks, DesignBoom!

Sunlight, and Why It Is Good

Daylighting is an art of architectural lighting in which efforts are made to design the largest light source in our collective reality (the sun, obviously) as an effective source of light into a building.  Is that an exact definition?  No.  Does it seems like a common sense practice?  Of course!  People have been doing it for about, well, since the advent of people.  “How do I get some light into this ol’ shack made of sticks and leaves and still stay dry when it rains?”  It’s a common issue throughout history – clerestory windows, light collectors, reflecting panels, diffusion lenses, sawtooth roofs, skylights – all devices and concepts developed to use sun for interior lighting.

Sunlight is a light source that, if you think about it for a moment, is good on many, many levels.  That feels like a very obvious thing to say, but it’s true!  Sunlight makes the plants grow, sunlight is everywhere for a decent portion of the day, sunlight feeds us Vitamin D – and most importantly, it’s free and available!

My wife and I lived in Dallas a few years ago, and in our kitchen we had a SolaTube – a sunlight pipe that fed directly into the center of the kitchen.  It was situated on the rear of the house, and it got sun for about 12-15 hours every day.  Even on rainy, overcast days the sunlight pipe provided sunlight.  We always hung out in the kitchen – the light was nice, it was healthy.  It had such high color rendering and provided detail.  Food was beautiful!

Adding a SolaTube to a room doesn’t constitute Daylighting, and I certainly would not and do not assume so – I have a high level of respect for Daylighting designers, as they can really change our environments.  But the idea of pumping in some sunlight via simple technology is a smart idea – an efficient idea.  I was doing some research on the topic of Daylighting for a post or two, and in addition to SolaTubes and other sunlight pipe systems, I found some other interesting ways to use sunlight for interior lighting.

The fiber optic approach:

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A Swedish company called Parans developed a fiber optic method of piping the sunlight collected on top of the roof of wherever the system is installed – hospitals, schools, museums, laboratories, and anywhere that you need light.  The system uses a series of fiber optic wires to run sunlight throughout whatever space in which it’s installed.  Even if you weren’t using the sun as the main lighting source in a fiber optic system, you could put the source in a place that would give you easy and quick access in the event that you have to change a lamp in the system.

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Another company that is using fiber optics to send sunlight all over the interior of a building is Sunlight Direct.  Sunlight Direct uses a Hybrid Solar Lighting system to collect sunlight as a lighting source – a device is mounted on the roof that consists of a parabolic mirror that focuses as much sunlight as possible into a photovoltaic cell.  The Sunlight Direct system maintains lighting levels inside your house as the light level changes during the day.

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Another company, Neues Licht, also produced a fiber optic system that has a beautiful form as well as an efficient function – it’s called the UFO Chandelier:

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Neues Licht’s system is not solar powered, it is completely artificial.  However, the system is designed to tuck away the light source – to hide it in a closet, or an attic, or wherever else you might think to stash it so you can get to it in a hurry.  Can you imagine, however, if Neues Licht did make it solar, or provided a solar option?  Below is a cool photograph of the UFO Chandelier underwater in an aquarium – no electricity flowing through the lines, only light – so you can put it wherever you want!

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I think that’s about enough rambling on the goodness of solar power for now.

Thanks, Inhabitat, Parans, Sunlight Direct, Moco Loco, and Neues Licht!

Light Way, the Fiber-Optic Illuminated Baseboard

This is an interesting concept – a baseboard that provides a little illumination on the walls and floor in dark spaces while being low profile and relatively simply.  Light Way, which I first saw on Yanko’s website, is all fiber-optic and takes light from a light pump somewhere in the installation and delivers it to the baseboard lighting devices.

Light Way is made of extruded aluminum and comes in several powder-coated finishes, including a primer finish.  This is supposed to be a solution for places where you can’t have lighting per code, and in recessed places where placing a luminaire is difficult.

Light Way was designed by Hayley Rosen, Dan Tafe, Dan Fichter, and Keshia Stole.

Camilla Deidrich’s Fiber-Optic Wallpaper

Inhabitat has a great article about a new luminous wallpaper that has been released by designer Camilla Deidrich,  It’s fiber optic in nature.

From the article:

What if we could light our homes with glowing wallpaper rather than having to rely on electric lights? Swedish designer Camilla Diedrich has asked this exact question, and in response, created a stunning line of luminescent wallpaper that is lit by fiber optics. Her Nature Ray Charles Wallpaper features a delicate assortment of floral motifs that shine through in lucid lines, adding a touch of energy-efficient ambiance to any room.

Available in 8 different colors, Nature Ray Charles Wallpaper is part of Ms. Diedrich’s ‘Walls‘ product line. Speaking about her working process Ms. Diedrich says, “I have been searching for light without light…I was drawing as usual and slipped on the keyboard the drawing went extremely light and I just stared and thought wow this must be how blind people see and I thought of Ray Charles, the musician. His name is Ray, doesn’t that mean light?”

Thanks, Inhabitat.  You folks have such great research!