Design & Iconography
Thinking about the design, development and iconography of YANG floor lamp and an attempt at an explanation.
When light emits from a single source, a point, unhindered, it’s spherical in space. With direction and focus a cone of light is formed.
In one orientation the cone is up and unstable like air. In the opposite orientation it’s down, stable and solid like the earth.
There is completeness in this.
Our two elements, one up and one down, need a connecting structure to hold them apart and together. In keeping with an idea of the completeness of opposites we arrive at the archetypes male and female. It’s a small step to the trans-cultural symbol Yin and Yang.
YANG, the definition; all that is male, light.
YIN, well, dark and negative, who could resist that dogma.
There’s a lifetime of information and contemplation to be found on these two concepts.
The illuminating tips are ‘jewel’ like and bring a preciousness-ness and novelty into the design, and light.
The design was an unconscious act informed by years of research in to lighting design and an interest in life. Being in the right environment precipitated the design.
I sketched the design with a pencil on paper at the Bieffeplast factory during a quiet moment sitting in the corridor. The next day we made her.