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The concept behind Rain is illuminating: a multi-sensory experience of sight and sound that invites touch and interaction. Rain captures the shimmery sparkle of raindrops frozen in descent and voices a whimsy chime of flutes. Individual drops are visually quite subtle, but gain tremendous strength when multiplied and clustered in large groups. It is a playful piece with the sleekness of a design classic that is suitable for residential and commercial use. For further details see: www.ilanel.com

Dutch designer rick tegelaar has created ‘meshmatics’, a series of lamps made from bamboo and chicken wire.
The collection consists of both closed and open versions, along with a floor lamp. due to the precision with which the wire needed to be formed, tegelaar developed a machine and a set of tools that enable very controlled and accurate shaping.
The material is stretched over a wooden mould and pulled from above, creating a tension in the material that allows for an efficient base structure.

To create each lamp, tegelaar first places wet bamboo paper over the chicken wire frame. the fibres are expanded from the water, so as the material dries, the paper wraps tightly over the mesh, taking its shape. the layer of bamboo contributes to the resilience of the lamps while also diffusing and warming the light.

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2008/elasticmind/elasticmind.swf

Over the past twenty-five years, people have weathered dramatic changes in their experience of time, space, matter, and identity. Individuals cope daily with a multitude of changes in scale and pace—working across several time zones, traveling with relative ease between satellite maps and nanoscale images, and being inundated with information. Adaptability is an ancestral distinction of intelligence, but today’s instant variations in rhythm call for something stronger: elasticity, the product of adaptability plus acceleration. Design and the Elastic Mind explores the reciprocal relationship between science and design in the contemporary world by bringing together design objects and concepts that marry the most advanced scientific research with attentive consideration of human limitations, habits, and aspirations. The exhibition highlights designers’ ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history—changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior—and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use. This Web site presents over three hundred of these works, including fifty projects that are not featured in the gallery exhibition.