Who among us hasn’t imagined a forest of light? Or at the least experienced the sensation of walking amid piney environs (hopefully in snowy winter) with a full moon overhead, the dappled light breaking the boughs of the trees like a celestial brand of spotlighting? Whether your nighttime revelations concern the frozen forests of Colorado or the blanketed branches of Central Park, you’ll certainly relate to Light Forest by designers Tineke Beunders & Nathan Wierink. This modular system may be modeled on the organic, yet it asserts a striking technological originality. Snaking across the ceiling like so many unbound and atavistic roots freed from the depths of blackest soil, Light Forest inverts the typical biological formulation as it grows across your ceiling, shining down its thimbles of light where you need it most.
Coated Aluminum and Copper Allow Flexibility in Design
The main material players in Beunders and Wierink’s creation are the metallic machinations mentioned above, while the central cerebral contributors are Beunders and Wierink, who cast themselves as a sort of Yin/Yang of complementarity: “A dreamer and a mathematician, this young Dutch design duo complement each other well… the wild fantasy is created, and is then surreptitiously grounded by the mathlete; It's a philosophy that seems to keep things from going a bit over eccentric, and tends to generate an alluring, yet graspable charm.”
“Ontwerpduo,” as they’re known, have parsed out their talents admirably, it would seem, if Light Forest is any indication. The concept shines for its easy modularity—the different straight and angled piping conduits are simply linked for expansion, while the interchangeable drop-down shades just pop on to the various termini in a capstone gesture that reminds me of hanging Christmas ornaments. Of course, the aesthetic of Light Forest is markedly different from that iconic symbology. In fact, Ontwerpduo’s lighting concept eschews any kind of technicolor aesthetic in favor of earthy pewter, resplendent copper, and a linear look that evokes computer circuitry as well as organic growth. It’s a fitting choice for the new spring, or the old winter, or just about any season that needs some novel illumination.