Reimagining the Fluorescent Strip
Throughout the history of my professional practice I’ve been enamored with the formal simplicity and pragmatic beauty of the fluorescent strip light. I’ve used many variations of it in my work, at times burying it within architectural coves and at other times expressing it as a celebrated object suspended in space. In recent years, this personal fascination has evolved into a formal exploration in product development. The fundamental interest is to examine the intrinsic characteristics of this modest luminaire with the goal of transcending its identity and use from that of sole utility to a dynamic design instrument. Dozens of design iterations have been made that examine ways in which the luminaire attaches to interior surfaces and, thus, resides within the interior domain. Alterations in form are made in support of specific mounting interests and gestural movements – sliding across planer surfaces, dancing through open space, quietly receding into a corner. This combined with variations in material and finish yield chameleon like changes in luminaire identity. It is at once an architectural luminaire that lights space and a decorative expression of form and material allowing the luminaire to assume chandelier like references.