Sunday, 18 April 2010

Quality of Life Improvement 7: the Non Random Light from Moooi

© Moooi B.V.

Moooi, the Dutch design house founded by industrial designer Marcel Wanders, can rightfully claim to have created one of the 21st century's first design classics in 2001 with Bertjan Pot's Random Light.

Pot's bird's-nest-like globe of spun fiberglass soaked in epoxy resin was originally constructed by hand, but demand eventually became such that a switch to mechanized production was necessary.

It should have been obvious at the time, but machines have a difficult task in manufacturing truly random structures. The paradigm of enforced uniformity and precision inherent in mass-manufactuing inspired the Random Light's designer Bertjan Pot to create a design tangential to the Random Light, one that capitalized on uniformity and precision.

The result is the appropriately-named Non Random Light.

© Moooi B.V. 

While crafted from the same materials as its "random" sibling—fiberglass and epoxy resin—the Non Random Light gives an altogether different quality of light. The Random Light gives an omni-directional light, but in the Non Random Light, the bulb is carefully concealed by the light's reflector, which concentrates most of the light downwards. As light passes through the strands of fiberglass it illuminates the entire nest of the structure and, through a shoji-like effect, allows flattering light to softly fill its intended space.

© Bertjan Pot

The Non Random Light from Moooi is available at Cliq Lighting Gallery at Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu Hawaiʻi 96814-2803, (808) 956-1250.

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