LEDs may illustrate an energy-efficiency paradox (where people start using inordinate amounts of it) but nevertheless, it's always fascinating to see designers push what's possible, like these stunning kinetic LED chandeliers by British interdisciplinary studio Troika, which offer a tantalizing glimpse of what energy-efficient lighting could be: whirling geometric lightforms.
Consisting of eight mechanical and illuminated structures made of thin, geometrically tensed steel banding outfitted with rows of LEDs, "Thixotropes" was suspended as a temporary installation in the central atrium of London's Selfridges department store. The designers describe the installation:
The constructions continuously revolve around their own axis thereby materializing the path of the light and dissolving the spinning structures into compositions of aerial cones, spheres and ribbons of warm and cold light while giving life and shape to an immaterial construct.
Light is vital in the creation of a space. Through movement in patterns in these experiments, light is activated in an intriguing fashion, and therefore, so is the space. It's also a clever way to use less LEDs. More of Troika's provocative work on their website.