How A Lighting Designer Used Theoretical Physics To Push Her Creativity

How A Lighting Designer Used Theoretical Physics To Push Her Creativity
Design

PSFK visited Lindsey Adelman's latest lighting installation at Design Miami, which invites viewers to ponder the unseen

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 18 december 2017

For more than a decade, New York-based Lindsey Adelman Studio has been designing and producing lighting that bridges the gap between sculpture and functional product. Her collection frequently mixes elements of nature with machine aesthetic precision.

Adelman debuted a new personal project at Design Miami 2017 called ‘The Edge of What We Know.’ The centerpiece of the installation is a large suspended chandelier of sorts meant to stimulate the imagination.

The inspiration for the project came from Adelman’s reading the writings of physicist Carlo Rovelli, a specialist in the field of quantum gravity. Rovelli has explored why time exists and hypothesized that its flow is an illusion derived from incomplete knowledge. Adelman’s installation is equally mysterious when viewed from afar, resembling a nebula of stars against the inky blue interior.

The piece is somewhat familiar to work in her existing collection, but visually less structured. The piece responds to Rovelli’s writings through the visualization of suspended illuminated curiosities. Adelman created a series of uniquely shaped light shades and modifiers in materials ranging from metal to porcelain.

Many of the elements are balanced on arms that move freely. She wanted the impression to change when viewed up close, rewarding curiosity with a variety of textures and details. Adelman said she hopes ‘The Edge of What We Know’ inspires people to embrace wonder and put more trust in their imaginations.

Lindsey Adelman Studio


Lead Image: Lauren Coleman via Lindsey Adelman Studio

For more than a decade, New York-based Lindsey Adelman Studio has been designing and producing lighting that bridges the gap between sculpture and functional product. Her collection frequently mixes elements of nature with machine aesthetic precision.

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