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Brief Published: 9 Dec 2013

Design Miami 2013: Phare No. 1-9


Phare No. 1-9 is an experiential lighting project created by London-based Dutch designer Simon Heijdens. The work was commissioned by French Champagne producer Perrier-Jouët and was unveiled last week at design show Design Miami.

The captivating light series consists of nine hand-blown glass vessels that are suspended at staggered levels in an entirely white room. The vessels contain a transparent mixture of water and photosensitive dyes, which respond to light by switching from clear to a vibrant pink hue. A light source shines directly above each vessel and when the light hits a photosensitive dye, it produces a delicate three-dimensional fluid form that is visible from all angles.

Abstract patterns are created from the pink streaks and project onto the surrounding white walls and floor space. The lights can be dimmed, causing the patterns to change as the dye gradually dissipates to a transparent, colourless liquid again. 

Our Catching the Light report further explores the transformative qualities of coloured light. Also look to our Play of Light Colour Spectrum concept for Spring/Summer 2015 for more on the mesmerising and magical effects of lighting.