At Design Days Dubai 2015, Victor Hunt DesignArt dealer showcased Lumière cinematic light installation by Commonplace Studio. Referring to both the French word for light and the pioneers brothers of modern cinema, the installation featured 28 pendant lightbulbs projecting moving images on their inner surface to create a cinematic cloud as well as meteorogical spectacle.
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Commonplace Studio’s light installation, which serves as a new medium to meet, discuss, or to dream, has been principally inspired by Dubai weather phenomenon. Indeed, while the Emirates may be better known for cloud seeding than cloud spotting, thick blankets of fog often cover the country, turning places like Dubai into a cloud city.
“Clouds draw the eye upward, and when we look up—we lose ourselves. We all see things in clouds: shapes, a thought, or even a mood. Their unique ability to fully captivate while simultaneously liberating us to freely contemplate is what gave clouds such cherished status with the artists’ of the 19th century” say at Commonplace Studio.
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Powered by a network of custom built micro- projectors embedded within each lamp fixture, the lights orchestrate into a meteorological spectacle just to reimnd that “having our head in the clouds is truly a beautiful thing”.
The light installation proposes an alternate version of cloud computing. It celebrates fluid forms, color, movement, and the dynamics of space. With storms forming and dissipating on the clock, one can take solace in the saying “if you don’t like the weather….just wait a few minutes.”
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Commonplace Studio is the Netherlands-based design practice of Jon Stam and Simon de Bakker, whose work focuses on context driven objects, quality craftsmanship and quiet interactions. The studio frames autobiographical content, while addressing contemporary issues such as the increasing lack of tactility and other challenges posed by the digital.
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