ilan.el’s Radiant Rain Chandelier
We often speak of designs having an organic profile or a naturalistic silhouette, but it’s rare to come across a piece that captures the multi-sensorial experience of outdoor phenomena. In this regard, ilan.el’s Rain Chandelier is the exception to the norm. The piece combines the musicality of the hanging chime, the illuminating allure of filtered light, and the tactile appeal of polished metal. Rain is essentially a pendant lamp constructed of suspended metallic cylinders lit from within.
The tubes are punctuated and punctured with dozens of smallish holes, thus providing a multi-directional outlet for a profusion of luminescence. The effect of scattered light is in the realm of the familiar disco ball, though Rain’s distribution of these thousand points is vertically oriented and thus manifestly unique. Indeed, the light released from Rain doesn’t so much dance about the walls as remain still in the perpetuity of an implied descent, very like a light mist amid parting clouds—when the emergent rays elucidate the mysteries of a single drop.
Looking at Rain, I’m also reminded of glittering gems—diamonds on the tiara of the estimable Queen Rania, the dancing refractions of David Rockwell’s Oscar stage sets. But that’s not to suggest the chandelier is untouchably high end. In fact, ilan.el characterizes Rain as an interactive creation, inviting the kind of hands-on encounter that can only lead to illumination. The conception of the piece jibes with the aesthetic of the studio: ilan.el has a pronounced ethos of artistic experimentation and bold creativity. They specialize in “contemporary spaces and temporary installations,” all the better to fulfill their mission of enriching the experience between users and the built environment.
The company delivers custom solutions across the contract market, whether that means an art exhibit, a restaurant, or a trade show. If Rain is any indication, clients can be certain that, whatever the pressing need, ilan.el will devise an intriguing and aesthetically-compelling solution. In the case of Rain, this translates to “a multi-sensory experience of sight and sound… Rain captures the shimmery sparkle of raindrops frozen in descent and voices a whimsy chime of flutes. In the world of luminaries, Rain is as fresh as morning dew.”