Studio Daniel Libeskind unveiled the first lighting design by founding architect Daniel Libeskind. Created in collaboration with Austrian lighting company Zumtobel, the limited-edition eL Masterpiece chandelier is distinguished by its striking design and sophisticated technology.
The large, hypertrophied light fixture, spans the full height of an average room and is wide enough to pose a sizable barrier in the space it inhabits. A series of stainless steel panels spindle around a hollow 23k-gold-plated core.
But the piece is more than just a celebrity architect’s extravagance. Libeskind recruited his astrophysicist son, Dr. Noam I Libeskind, to develop an algorithm which would simulate the “cosmic light that fills the universe.”
Using 1,680 LEDs, Dr. Libeskind programmed a light sequence that renders the genesis of the universe in vivid colors. “The idea is based on the theory that the Universe is around 14 billion years old and that its building blocks – galaxies like the Milky Way – grew larger as the Universe aged. As they grew larger, the light their stars emitted changed, visible as the eL emits different colors.” One billion years are here compressed in one second, so that the color patterns run in a loop 14 seconds in length.
The chandelier, is only the fourth in Zumbotel’s Masterpiece series of stylistically and technically innovative designs by leading creative figures.
The other Masterpieces are Starbrick (2009), by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson; VorteXX (2005), by British architect Zaha Hadid; and the LQ-P-Chandelier (2005), by New York architect and artist Hani Rashid.