Three lighting designs on world tour

Staff writer, with CNA, BERLIN

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 - Page 3

Three lighting pieces created by Taiwanese designers are on display at Vitra Design Museum in Germany on the first leg of a world tour exhibition.

The three designs are part of the Lightopia exhibition that opened on Sept. 28 in Weil am Rhein and is scheduled to run until March 16 in Germany before touring the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, the US, China and South Korea, Taiwan Design Center said.

The center said it recommended the lighting displays Ripple, Shadow Clock and Luxifer for inclusion in the international exhibition as part of its efforts to promote Taiwanese designs on the world stage.

Ripple was created by Tseng Shi-kai (曾熙凱) and Chen Han-hsi (陳函谿), who are based in the UK. It won the Design Report Award at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Italy. The piece projects a beam of light through a slowly rotating glass dome to create shadows and patterns like the reflections on a water pool.

Shadow Clock, also designed by Chen, explores the relationship between light and time, using three shadows produced by lighting technology and scientific calculation to create a perception of time.

The third piece, Luxifer, was created by GIXIA Group Co and is the first molded plastic bulb employed in light design. Through the use of a dual-plastic injection molding method, the usual metal connectors are replaced by partial electroplating on the surface of the lamp, according to a description on the designer’s Web site.