Studio Drift by Lonneke Gordijn & Ralph Nauta explores the relationship between nature, technology and mankind. The most notable works are their contemporary light that amazes the followers.
Their working process involves continuing collaborations with scientists, university departments, research facilities, programmers and engineers; the results are truly innovative and ground-breaking projects. While the visual language of Studio Drift is characterized by dreamy and poetic aesthetics, the concept behind their works is often based on an unexpectedly critical engagement.
“We want to encourage people to see things that they no longer notice; to reach a kind of unconscious recognition that everyone instinctively feels and understands, yet have lost the time for.” Ralph Nauta
One of their light design creations really caught our attention when looking at details, it’s the Fragile Future series.
Studio Drift fuses nature and technology into a multidisciplinary light sculpture. It consists of three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to light emitting dandelions. The project can be seen as a critical yet utopian vision on the future of our planet, where two seemingly opposite evolutions have made a pact to survive.
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The sculpture contains real dandelion seeds, that were picked by hand and seed-by-seed connected to a LED light. This labour-intensive process is a clear statement against mass production and throwaway culture. Studio Drift proposes a vision of that future in their own signature aesthetics, a distinct mix between hi-tech and poetic imagery. Light functions as a symbolic and emotional ingredient rather as a tool to simply illuminate the dark. Fragile Future is about conveying emotion and at the same time refers to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life. Every sculpture is uniquely designed to organically adapt to its specific context.
This lamp is a modular work. A module can be attached to the next one (in unlimited different ways), meanwhile the power will always continue correctly through the installation. With this creation the studio was already awarded for the ‘Light of the Future’ prize from the German Design Council in 2008.
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