Alicja Wasielewska at Designersblock London 2009

August 12, 2009

Morph Chandelier

Alicja Wasielewska is exhibiting as part of a group of graduates from Edinburgh College of Art.

Nature has been constant source of inspiration in the design of the human Environment. The `nature` design refers to imitating nature and also use this as a starting point of inspiration for eclectic and innovative responses to the relationship between man and his environment.

My work concerns the transformation from the natural form to inspirational structures which, from a mathematical perspective, retain the essence of the original, but are represented either in terms of a three-dimensional molecular structure diagram as commonly used in chemistry or simply in purer geometrical terms. This transformation is utilized to create sculptural and atmospheric, hand-made chandelier.

Morph Chandelier close up

The inspirations are based on a pure mathematical formula which contains a richness of possibility extending beyond simple structure. Both regularities and irregularities in nature are used to create specific repetitive patterns, which are included and developed further in my project. Consideration of structures taken directly from mathematics and geometry as well as natural structures lead me to consider fractals and inspired me to consider the concept of the smooth transition from an object with natural features to more structured objects which emphasize the mathematical structure of the original.

Morph Chandelier detail

I decided to create two chandeliers ‘Mille Bolle’ and ‘Morph’ chandeliers. Both of these create their own unique moods and influence the atmosphere in the surrounding environment. The chandeliers act as a focus for visualization and the communication of moods, impressions, emotions and the stimulation of the imagination.

By building two chandeliers I wanted to demonstrate the reinterpretation of traditional method of making chandeliers in an unconventional and unusual way. Also, I want to show the contrast between them in terms of structure and form, in that one comprises perfectly organised and symmetrical objects while the other illustrates more random elements. Another way of comparing both projects was to show contrast between lighting sources-new lighting technology like fibre optics and more traditional technology using bulbs. Besides I experimented with the combination of materials which provided the best technical solution consistent with optimum visual qualities in both daylight and artificial light.

Mille Bolle chandelier

`Mille Bolle` (it. thousand balls) Chandelier demonstrates the inspirational transformational elements from nature, but also show the contrast between the materials used to make this chandeliers, from one hand 30 elements of fragile, hand-made quartz glass and from the other hand-made aluminium construction which give more industrial look and provide stability and safety attached glass’s elements.

Mille Bolle chandelier close up

Also, the main effect appears when chandelier is located in dark surroundings and the halogens different colours downlight are on. The light fallen from above of the structure reflect on the glass and aluminium creating colourful pattern on the ground.

Pattern formed on the ground by Mille Bolle chandelier

`Morph ` Chandelier presents the transformation process from 2-dimensional to 3 dimensional objects. Everybody could see what they want to see and interpreter this in there one way, the chandelier would only stimulate the imagination.

`Morph` is a reinterpretation of traditional method of making chandeliers in an unconventional way. Innovative method of doing crochet as a manufacturing process using fishing wire structure and new technology light sources- fibre optics. Beside, use the efficiency of the optic fibres by making cuts through strands to change the specification of the fibre optics, instead of end-editing light sources to side.

Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.

24 – 27 Sep 2009

Opening times:
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00

Register on the Designersblock website.