As every year during Salone del Mobile, one of our favorite companies Sawaya Moroni presented a fantastic collection from great architect Daniel Libeskind. The new jewel that ads sparkle to the Sawaya & Moroni 2012 front line this year is Daniel Libeskind’s eL Chandelier. A large lamp made of polished steel, this piece was devised as an architectural stalactite, with the potential to provide a magical perspective fulcrum for large spaces. Activated by external LEDs and by hidden lights that illuminate its gilded interstitial spaces, eL Chandelier is also a suspended sculpture that reflects its surroundings, breaking up the impression they give and triggering some unusual architectural effects. ”eL Chandelier” is a common project of Sawaya & Moroni and Zumtobel Masterpieces. Below you will find a description from Daniel Libeskind concerning his design's for Sawaya & Moroni.
"The Chandelier called El evolved out of working on an unfolded spiral form whose luminosity and movement of light were at it's core. This form reflecting light and creating unexpected effects crystallized the notion that light is both internal and external. I utilized the almost 2000 LEDs to amplify the contours of the Chandelier while activating each plane with a virtual movement of light. But I wanted more than an effect: I wanted the story of light itself. I asked my son, Noam who is an astrophysicist, to devise an algorithm which in a microcosm could simulate the evolution of light in the Universe from the Big Bang until today. So the El tells the story of light condensing 14 billion years into 14 minutes. The quality and quantity of light is a mirror in which is reflected the wondrous mystery of light and it's movement in time.
The El is a talisman combining art, architecture and science for the pleasure of the eye and the mind. The El can be installed in a variety of environments making them both intimate and universal: In the beginning there was light.
I am delighted to present the eL chandelier in Sawaya and Moroni’s showroom together with the final version of the Torq chair and table".