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Brief Published: 17 Oct 2014

Dutch Design Week 2014 Preview: Exploded View Lights

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Exploded View by Sam van Gurp

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Sam Van Gurp's innovative collection explores dimming light through layering, containment and reflection. Rather than altering the strength of the light, the light source itself is moved into different positions within the shade for differing effects. The three designs – Lunar, Cumulus and Eclipse – each use different methods to dim and alter the strength of the light.

Lunar features a shallow, reflective lightshade that creates playful variation through bouncing the light off the shiny surface, depending on the position of the light-source. Cumulus obscures the light by deploying layering. Three cage-like shades can be pulled over each other, fragmenting and dimming the appearance of the light inside. In Eclipse, the light source is contained within an opaque shade – small holes allow the light to seep through, with a lowering mechanism allowing the light to be exposed for a brighter effect.

Temporal designs such as these, particularly in association with light play, are a key inspiration for our Spring/Summer 2016 Design Direction, Trace. Defined by shifting light, this illusionary direction is underpinned by a gentle ambience that reflects a quiet sense of wonder.

The designs will be on show at the Design Academy Eindhoven Degree Show, part of Dutch Design Week (October 18-26). Look out for more coverage coming soon, or keep up to date with the team during the event via Twitter and Instagram – see the hashtag #stylusddw14. In the meantime, take a look back at our reports from last year's graduate show and Dutch Design Week 2013.

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