Sunday 15 April 2012

Selux and ART+COM present visionary kinetic luminaire “Manta Rhei“

Berlin, April 2012 – By com­bi­ning cut­ting-edge OLED tech­no­logy, elec­tro­nics and con­trol tech­no­logy, light fix­ture manu­fac­tu­rer Selux and new media design studio ART+COM have opened a new chap­ter in pro­fes­si­o­nal ligh­ting. The two part­ners now pre­sent the first results of their explo­ra­tion into kine­tic lumi­nai­res – a fili­gree OLED-based fix­ture named Manta Rhei silently flo­a­ting in space while con­ti­nu­ally chan­ging its appe­a­rance.

The two part­ners now pre­sent the first results of their explo­ra­tion into kine­tic lumi­nai­res – a fili­gree OLED-based fix­ture named Manta Rhei silently flo­a­ting in space while con­ti­nu­ally chan­ging its appe­a­rance. Its 1.2m x 2.4m body hou­sing 140 paper-thin Tri­do­nic OLED modu­les com­bi­nes light scenes and move­ment pat­terns into a series of care­fully desig­ned indi­vi­dual cho­re­o­grap­hies. One such cho­re­o­graphy brings to mind the gentle move­men­tof the manta ray. Thanks to the use of custom-built intel­li­gent con­trol tech­no­logy the over­all quan­tity of light emit­ted from the fix­ture remains con­stant. The result is a fas­ci­na­ting com­bi­na­tion of light con­trol and kine­tics. The fix­ture, which will first be intro­du­ced to the public during Frankfurt’s Light + Buil­ding fair, con­sists of indi­vi­dual modu­les and is freely sca­la­ble. The user can select from a wide range of pre-pro­gram­med cho­re­o­grap­hies with the help of a tablet PC, so that the light mood can be adju­sted to suit any space or occa­sion. The fix­ture makes use of mini­ma­lis­tic design lan­gu­age, and as a result the kine­tic lumi­naire gives the impres­sion of light freely hove­ring inspace. By achie­ving uni­form illu­mi­nance levels on sur­roun­ding surfa­ces while at the same time bor­ro­wing move­ment pat­terns from nature the fix­ture cre­a­tes a uni­quely pleasant lumi­nous atmos­p­here. Through the inter­play of kine­tic aes­the­tics and the dyna­mics of the light a new world of ligh­ting pos­si­bi­li­ties is nowa­vai­la­ble. Clas­si­cal fix­ture typo­logy is expanded through the inte­gra­tion of mecha­ni­cal move­ment, and new direc­ti­ons open up for the use of orga­nic light emit­ting diode tech­no­logy. As a next step, and based on the ini­tial con­cept study Manta Rhei, a family of kine­tic lumi­ni­ai­res will be devel­o­ped.

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