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Designers use LED lights to innovate

Designers use LED lights to innovate

In every field, from couture to home furnishings to sports to medicine, LED lights are providing designers with endless new possibilities to explore. Because the lights are cool, tiny, bright, and infinitely adaptable, we are seeing them turn up in applications that would have been impossible using traditional incandescent forms of light.

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Candles in the Wind by German designer Moritz Waldemeyer. He uses LED lights to simulate the flickering flames of real candles in this large installation piece first seen at Milan design show last year.

One of the designers who has made LED lights a specialty is German-born, London-based Moritz Waldemeyer. He is especially attracted to the newness that LEDs allow. As he told Architectural Digest recently, “New things become possible almost every year, because LEDs become cheaper or their output becomes brighter. You really can be the first person to do something.”

One of his creations that got a lot of attention was his Candles in the Wind, a fixture he designed for a Milan design show, with Ingo Maurer, another designer, and compatriot, whose light creations often include LED. Candles in the Wind is a large installation, a chandelier-like piece that consists of hundreds of hanging strands, each one containing flickering candle-like flames. The flames are simulated by arrangements of LEDs.

"My new flame" by Moritz Waldemeyer, a single LED candlestick version of Candles in the Wind.

“My new flame” by Moritz Waldemeyer, a single LED candlestick version of Candles in the Wind. The flame is incredibly real, down to its warm colour.

Waldemeyer, who describes himself as an expert in mechatronics, a discipline that unites mechanical engineering, electronics and computing, programmed the flames by filming actual flames then converting the images to digital data that could be coded into the individual LEDs. The result is flames that look real, down to their warm colour.

A more practical application of the concept is seen in his “My new flame” work. Here he uses the same technology to create individual candlesticks for the dining table. This product will be available from Ingo Maurer as well. It is expected to sell for about $400 a piece.

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LED hat by Moritz Waldemeyer for Philip Treacy. Lampshade becomes lamp.

Waldemeyer has also said that he likes to include a certain amount of humour in his design work. This side of him is abundantly clear in his work, with Irish milliner Philip Treacy. The hats use a propellor on top, embedded with strips of LEDs, to create the illusion of solid lines of light.

He has also designed a stage costume for Bono, costumes for the Brazilian athletes in the closing ceremonies at London’s Olympics last summer, as well as guitars, bicycles and dresses.

 

Collaborator and fellow designer Ingo Maurer’s LED embedded wallpaper is another example of the kind of flexibility LEDs allow designers. Because they can be rolled and easily embedded in other materials, LEDs are seen in apparel, flooring, and construction applications.

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LED wallpaper by German designer Ingo Maurer. Designers are using LED lights in everything from fashion design to wine racks.

 

 

About Nicole Ryan Editor

I am Nicole Ryan, a contributing editor at Condo.ca—Canada's Condominium Magazine.

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