If light is „the prime animator of space“, the most essential determinant in articulating the experience of design, than Stefan Wieland‘s lamps appear to challenge that hierarchy. Part of a larger collection of objects designed by the Frankfurt-based artist, these suspended lighting fixtures seek to overtake the senses and dominate the room. Spontaneous and deliberate at the same time, they have an almost synesthetic affect: they make you smell colors and taste sounds. Even the curious names of the lamps – Dark Kisses Melt Smoothly, The White of My Eyes, etc.- entail an abundance of tactile and visual associations describing an imagery that draws from emotions and senses, rather than ideas. Fragmented plates embrace the light in a sensuous movement that feels uninhibited. The luminaires are but moments captured in a perpetual child-like play, an act of improvisation freed from the imperative of making a definite design.
The warped bands of the White of My Eyes look as if they were part of the Muybridge’s compendium of stop-motion photographs, capturing the movement of a single object as it travels through the gently lit space. The Kisses series, with patched, cocoon-like shades, convey a similar impression of object in motion. The semi-transparent surfaces melt, as if affected by the warmth of the light, and open up towards the lower part.
Each lamp is a unique result of gluing and free forming. Separate pieces of the shades are cut by band-saw and then sanded, with edges painted in different acrylic colors to achieve an effect of deconstructed surface. The pieces are individually heated and glued together, resulting in different shapes and sizes.