Inspired by the ubiquitous “Globe” light, this new take explores blending current advanced lighting technology with traditional metal working. All of the components are interchangeable allowing for an almost infinite number of permutations.
“I was wandering around at a lighting fair a year ago when I came across this LED chip. It had beautiful color rendering and brightness and was AC driven. Having had to work with transformers in the past, I found this opportunity to be incredibly beneficial to the world of lighting and set about designing a light fixture around it.”
“One of the big limitations of this technology is the amount of heat that the LED chip generates. At maximum capacity, it gets up to about 150°C. Thatsenough to melt a lot of synthetics and typical lamping materials. In the lighting industry, these LEDs are typically cooled using a large aluminum heat sink on the back of the chip. I thought that was a really great place to start exploring.”
A third source of inspiration for the Sink Lights is what Karl calls “Material Contrast” – where the visual language of the material is opposite or counter intuitive to its inherent properties. In this case, the heat sink on the top of the light fixture, a component usually precisely engineered on the computer, was organically sculpted to resemble wood grain. This blend of high and low technology is a common theme in Karl’s work and is certainly evident in this lighting series.
These are the foundation, the building blocks for the entire series. The components are designed to be swappable, upgradeable, and enhanced over time. As LED technology improves, the 50,000hr chip on the inside can be easily replaced. As lighting trends change, so too will the shade and globe options. And as the customers budget changes, the Sink Lights can adapt to meet the requirements. And should the customer decide to change or scale up their lights at a later date, it is simple and easy to do.
“There is a wealth of creative opportunity in these initial steps. Its going to be really interesting to see where it all leads.”