Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell has encased lights in loose cocoons of coloured mesh for his Light Mesh solo exhibition at London’s Carpenters Workshop Gallery (+ slideshow).
The exhibition includes singular cocooned lamps, as properly as furniture hybrids that characteristic lights emerging on plantlike stems from tabletops.
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In a single piece, the forms of a chair and shelf are merged together with a cluster of lights sprouting out of the best of the shelf, while yet another attributes a single stem extending from the corner of a table into numerous organically shaped branches, every holding a lamp.
Carbonell has previously experimented with pairing distinct furniture shapes together in his Diversity series, which combined tables and chairs covered in supplies including gravel, thorns, corn and broken glass.
The lights in the Cocoon sculptures are surrounded by crumpled metal mesh which has been covered in plaster, making a semi-transparent result.
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“I like to see objects as residing organisms, imagining them coming alive and getting in a position to shock you with their behaviour,” said Carbonell.
“I want to generate objects with my hands, then I can give them my persona,” he stated. “I turn them into communicative objects that can arouse one’s sensations and imagination.”
“In short, what I want to generate are objects with a fictional or fantasy component, that allow you to escape from every day existence,” he additional.
Other lights in the present rest on stems set into concrete bases, resembling hot air balloons attached to baskets. Carbonell has used subtle gradient colour results in the plaster, which are highlighted when the lights are turned on.
The designer previously experimented with uncommon shapes in his Skin assortment of furnishings, which featured an elastic outer covering that would shrink and stretch dependent on objects placed inside the pieces.
The Light Mesh exhibition opened on October seven and stays open until twenty November, at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London.