Svana Eyþórsdóttir 's Chandelier
is slow design at its sweetest. A cascade of thousands
of highly reflective glucose droplets, this
magnificent light source requires no electricity. The highly reflective
nature of the material draws in ambient light and refracts it back
out from the object, casting a subtle, warm glow.
most designed objects, which strive to convey durability,
Chandelier is explicitly designed for ephemerality, lasting
only up to three months (perhaps even less if one's local
insects opt to collaborate on the project). The
very lightness of the physical form suggests an ephemerality
as well, appearing and disappearing as the light around it changes.
Eyþórsdóttir says, "It hardly exists,
yet it's there."
short but rich life span of the project induces what
slowLab has coined 'reflective consumption'-- a state
of awareness and deliberate contemplation of the object's attributes,
functionality and, not least, it presence in one's life. This
is not a design object that one buys before leaving on a two
week holiday. It is something to be savoured for every moment of
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