Milan 2018 – At Spazio Krizia, Israeli design duo Raw Edges created a choreography of 30 dancing glass lamps inspired by Horah, a Jewish traditional dance often performed at weddings but deep rooted in Israel’s history and folklore. “We have always very been fascinated by synchronized movement. We believe it has a mesmerizing effect.” Says to Archipanic Raw Edges co-founder Yael Mer. “We chose Horah as it is close to our hearts and brings back childhood memories.”
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Yael loves to create curved volumes and functional shapes, Shay has a profound interest for the way things move, function and interact. Each light is assembled from multiply casted glass curved ‘leaves’ and has an inner side to side pivoting movement.
As a result of this movement the strength of light is dimmed, the shape of each light is constantly transformed as it contracts and extracts like if it was inhaling and exhaling. “In the end, the Horah installation happened to become less a dance and more like an breathing organism slowly moving and trying to tune with itself.”
Following the invitation by Spazio Krizia which hosted lighting design exhibitions by Ingo Maurer and Forma Fantasma, Raw Edges decided to continue the legacy of the venue and to focus on light installation. The designers then involved Wonderglass to support them to craft and engineer the lampshades.
“Horah was conceived as reflection on light in dialogue with one of the essential aspects of contemporary living: conviviality. It’s a starting point.” Says Yael Mer.
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“Today, design has no need for new lampshades or chairs, but new design paradigms. Raw-Edges works on boundaries, investigating living and primary materials.” Adds Cristiano Seganfreddo, Krizia Artistic Director. “The installation merges material, craft, engineering and poetry. A perfect synchrony which opens and closes, creating a dialogue between as many dancing circles as there are lampshades on show.”
All photos by courtesy of Raw Edges.