London Design Festival’s
lighting destination

12pm – 10pm
19-20 September 2018

Nicholls & Clarke Building
3/10 Shoreditch High Street, London



darc room : art

darc room is delighted to present three pieces of light art at this year’s event.

darc flames by Moritz Waldemeyer

Acclaimed product designer Moritz Waldemeyer is creating a bespoke installation, darc flames, at the event. 
“As far back as the collective memory of mankind goes, the flame has been the first and only light source, guiding our ancestors through history from the moment we dared to differentiate ourselves from the animal kingdom. The fascination with the movement and warmth of this light source is hardwired into our brains thanks to millions of years of this most special of relationships. The advent of electric light has done nothing to diminish our love for candle light, if anything it has helped to emphasise, just how special it’s effect is to us. A few years back a playful experiment with a small LED matrix at Studio Waldemeyer produced a surprising result. Despite its very low resolution, the digital circuit managed to perfectly reproduce the complex motion of a flame. But the surprise was less in the technical ability but in people’s response to it. As if by magic we had captured the essence of everything a flame means, and added some intrigue. The tiny circuit had its own soul and captured people’s imagination unlike anything we had created up to this point or since.”

Helios by dpa / LED Linear

Helios is a stylised sequenced representation of the sun, emerging out of a total eclipse into its full bloom before slowly starting its descent into the shimmering evening sea and finally disappears into the night. 
The introduction scene was always considered very important and was intended to provide a contrast to the slow fading scenes that would follow, and draw the viewers’ attention immediately. Inspired by conventional light sources such as neon or fluorescent lamps, which often flicker when faulty or whilst warming up, the opening scene utilises cool white light only. Clean graphic lines of light formed into the internal volume of the geodesic dome provide the viewer with an ever-changing range of perspectives and only when viewed straight on, will form a complete circular sun. From the outset the designers were keen to flip their dome on its side, eventually providing the full circular elevation required for the final piece.  
Whilst inspired by the clean lines and mesmerising characteristics of traditional neon lights, the designers very much appreciated the added benefit of full colour control of the individual LED fixtures and used it to its fullest extent. And although intentionally kept very simple, graphically, individual colours of light for each scene were meticulously identified for being as true to nature as possible.  

Colour, Photons, Reflection and the Human Eye by Factorylux / Xicato

Imagine the blackest black paint ever. Vantablack is blacker. Way blacker. It’s not a colour, it’s the almost complete absence of colour. It’s a revolutionary material that absorbs more than 99% of light and has gripped the art, design worlds and youtube. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? Objects coated in Vantablack look like a hole in space and time, as though the object had been cut out and removed from three dimensional reality.
Vantablack was used to great effect by Asif Khan on the Hyundai Pavilion at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, in South Korea. More famously, artist Anish Kapoor negotiated exclusive rights to use Vantablack in art, which triggered the #sharetheblack social media campaign. UK artist Stuart Semple responded by making ‘Pinkest Pink’, exclusively available to those signing a legal declaration to not share with Kapoor, who retaliated with ‘that’ @dirty_corner instagram pic of Anish Kapoor’s middle finger, dipped in a pot of Pinkest Pink.
Factorylux pendant lights, powered by Xicato light engines, coated in Semple’s ‘Pinkest Pink’ and ‘Black 2.0’ pigments will also be exhibited throughout darc room.