LightSpace:Candles

Looking around for the effects of Candles in spaces. After the invention of the lightbulb, candles are mostly frequently used for decorative or aromatic purposes. Unless you are a bar in MePa ofcourse.

Interesting effect of this decorative wall-seems to form a large backdrop to the proceedings without overdoing the whole “so many candles” thing.

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LightSpace: Welcome to our new project

Light makes a huge difference to a space. You knew that though…

So we are going to get right to the point then. The purpose of the “LightSpace” project is to find and highlight natural and man-made plays of light and shadow in the world around us. Please note that unlike other “design” blogs, our purpose is NOT to highlight a good lighting design versus a bad one. It is only to OBSERVE Light as it manifests in space.

Let us explain:

Light is what makes up our world. It separates day from night. It is much like Space, in that it fills up the volume that exists between solid objects. That is why “Light” and “Space” can act as the same thing in the design world.

A sparsely populated space (a room with less/no furniture) is also called a “light” and “bright” space. A well-lit room, or a space designed to highlight white furniture, paint and accents is also described using similar terminology. That is a semantic example.

A physical/design example is bright beams of light that are projected upwards to mark the Twin Towers near Sep 11, every year in New York. Those beams of light are a fascinating embodiment of the Twin Towers that used to be there. Need we say more?

Image ©2011 Songquan Deng. (Check out his Flickr-stream here. More information on him here.)

Through this series we hope to highlight examples of how light defines a volume or a designed surface, acts as a sculpture or just is. Like KidSpace, this is an ongoing project so if you have any comments or a valuable contribution to make, feel free to email us. We always respond:)

Elevators and Design

We all encounter elevators sometime in our day/life. Some more often than others so your level of comfort depends on how often you ride one. Elevators are spaces for conversation, or for staying mum; for looking at what someone is wearing/doing/eating/etc and for showing off the same when it comes to you. They are also intimate spaces. You are captive in this space with someone and their dog/cat/mail/work/phone etc. for a given period of time. You are their elevator friend.

It is a private public space. Think about that.

However this post is not about the design of elevators although we are sure we will categorize them in another set of posts. It is about finding something interesting recently when riding one, recently. A shirt. On a person of course.

It is about being “those people” who ask someone, most inappropriately, to take a photo of what they are wearing because we have never seen it before. It is about a photo shoot in poor lighting, with a phone camera, while managing a dog/cat/mail/work etc, for those few minutes that you share that private public space with someone.

It is about seizing the moment. In a very lame way.

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