suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Nikolay Hristov IVANOV: The project titled ”Phýllon” is a lamp design that is inspired by the complexity of the leaf’s venation. A novel process that employs computer simulation is used to generate a design that operates close to a micro-scale. It started as a research design-investigation based on the distribution of the veins of a single leaf blade. The goal was not to mimic the leaf’s pattern of veins, but rather to have a new reading towards it using a speculative data set and reconnecting within certain logic—establish direct connections—more like covered with a spider net, creating complexity via the quantity of the elements, rather than the elements themselves. Via exploring a numerous configurations of points and diverse connection logics of growth, it crystallized as extremely fragile, elegant or even precious single object design.
Each leaf is composed of two layers – an external armor skeleton and internal soft membrane – that are merging into one homogeneous blade. The soft/silicon membrane is containing spherical photovoltaic cells, that makes the lamp self-sufficient—generates energy by itself. The structural filaments are conditioning the possibility of keeping the soft surface extremely thin, creating kind of backbone.
Accumulating/emitting light /// The distribution of the spherical photovoltaic cells and the LED light emitters on the surface of ”Phýllon” is according to the most common use and to the sun direction. In that sense the lamp will have diverse distribution – half of the surfaces will be covered with silicon crystal balls and the other half with LED lights. Due to the fact that accumulative and emit cells are having almost no difference, the surface will appear homogeneous. The solar energy will be stored in inner core.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
NHI: Hans-Peter Feldmann in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist (really inspiring). Listening to Max Richter, Cecilia Bartoli, Florence & the Machine, Ludovico Einaudi, and so on.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
NHI: Glithero, rAndom International.
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Special Thanks to Petar H. Petrov, who did amazing job helping to prepare the model for fabrication.