• Every Cone, Every Torus, Every Cylinder Light, Arnout Meijer. Photo : Pim Top

  • Every Cone, Every Torus, Every Cylinder Light, Arnout Meijer. Photo : Pim Top

  • Every Cone, Every Torus, Every Cylinder Light, Arnout Meijer. Photo : Pim Top

  • Every Cone, Every Torus, Every Cylinder Light, Arnout Meijer. Photo : Pim Top

  • Every Cone, Every Torus, Every Cylinder Light, Arnout Meijer. Photo : Pim Top

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Arnout Meijer
Netherlands
Every Cone, Every Torus, Every Cylinder Light

Light as a vector, as a fundamental element which determines our perception of space and our relationship to objects, that is the starting point for Arnout Meijer’s projects. For the series called “Every”, the optical devices rest upon a sheet of technical plastic which redirects the beam of light from
a strip of light emitting diodes. Each model represents a geometrical symbol that the viewer can make a mental image of: a torus, a cylinder, a cone.
The designer has chosen these abstract shapes precisely in order to render their deformation unquestionable. In observing them, the viewer quickly disconnects from the rigorous and sturdy bases which anchor the lights to
the room, in order to dive into their bewitching beams. Everything is a question of perception within this project and the designer is playing with the viewer’s brain and eyes. These lustrous presences distort at the least of our movements, at first the lamp seems to be very intense and transparent, then striated and diaphanous. Unlike Soto’s kinetic sculptures, these shapes remain intangible and the spatial experience will remain virtual. If knowledge and mastery are required to domesticate this phenomenon and sculpt with light, the designer draws away from any scientific ambitions, introducing poetry into his objects. Because they are objects which serve a function: that of enlightening. They are also easily granted the added value of the works of an Olafur Eliasson, who reproduced natural manifestations, such as the sun, in artificial contexts like a museum to bewitch us even more. Arnout Meijer isolates and frames light in order to better reveal its beauty.

Text — Magalie Guérin