Tuesday 02 Sep 2014
Light sculptures are made to increase the visual appeal of a space, to define its luminous character - qualities that make people stop and admire them. This is definitely the case for the Raindrop chandelier known as ‘The Pour', a modern light sculpture meant to illuminate and beautify its selected spot in Tribeca, New York City.
Lisa Hinderdael and Dara Huang of Design Haus Liberty worked on the style in order to create an exclusive atmosphere in a living room featuring exposed industrial columns on either end of a dropped beam. According to their brief, the light sculpture was supposed to ‘create an architectural relationship with the area' while delicately hanging off the exposed beam.
The installation involves a teardrop-shaped chandelier with distinctive lights that celebrate the fascinating nature of raindrops, no one drop the same as the other. Photographed by Lauren Coleman, ‘The Pour' was imagined as a whole made of unique, individual pieces. Design Haus Liberty comment: "Each drop is hand blown by artisans and intricately engineered to house the lighting technique for the chandelier."
Working with UK-based glass-blowers and metal engineers to produce the crystal tear-drops, designers fabricated each droplet following mindful observation of true raindrops.
The designers continue: "The drop itself is constructed of two components: the brass screw cap, which homes the light, and the hand-blown crystal reflecting the light to develop puddles on the floor below. To replicate the nature of raindrops, no two drops are blown identical. The name ‘The Pour' derives from the distinctive shape that the chandelier kinds: an exaggeration of the dramatic motion of water pouring out of a carafe. Created by forming a grid mimicking how puddles ripple outward in concentric circles, every teardrop is hung to brass pipes of various lengths. Placed strategically on the grid, the teardrops lock into the mirrored base that fits seamlessly between the two current columns. The mirrored base reflects the teardrops endlessly into the sky above and when lit. The chandelier echoes rain frozen in time with ephemeral puddles overlaid on the floor below."
Design Haus Liberty