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"Candela" Is A Rotating Disk That Creates A Streaming Afterglow Of Soothing Green Light

A motorized wheel housed in the V&A Museum creates a serene and calm environment while emitting a constant ebb and flow of glowing patterns.

by Kevin Holmes
18 September 2014, 1:30pm

Photo credit: Ed Reeve, London Design Festival 2014, 13 – 21 September, londondesignfestival.com

Product designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery, and ceramicist Ian McIntyre have teamed up with Italian watch brand Officine Panerai for an installation called Candela, currently residing in the V&A Museum's Tapestry Gallery as part of the London Design Festival.

The piece consists of a large rotating wheel which appears to hover just above the floor and houses a motor and 700 LED lights. The green glow of the face comes from using a luminous material called Super-LumiNova, which is used on watch faces to illuminate them in the dark.

As the wheel rotates the photo luminescent material covering the surface passes over the LEDs which charge it causing it to emit energy as an afterglow, creating a continual stream of green patterns. The afterglow eventually fades as the wheel spins round before the material is charged again. The LEDs are programmed to switch on and off at different intervals creating a variety of patterns on the rotating disk face.


Photo credit: Ed Reeve, London Design Festival 2014, 13 – 21 September, londondesignfestival.com


Photo credit: Ed Reeve, London Design Festival 2014, 13 – 21 September, londondesignfestival.com

The Tapestry Gallery is dimly lit to preserve the medieval tapestries it houses, providing calm and serene space. The wheel's slow rotation and its radiant ranquil green light both complement the ambience, heightening the experience and offering visitors some momentary respite from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

"Drawing from the individual expertise of the three designers, the installation is graphical in its visual impact, delicately engineered and crafted using both traditional and cutting edge materials," says the V&A. "The result is a seemingly magical display that bewilders and delights the viewer, before leaving them to emerge, blinking and beguiled, into the daylight." 

You can visit Candela at the V&A Museum's Tapestry Gallery from now until September 21st.


Photo credit: Ed Reeve, London Design Festival 2014, 13 – 21 September, londondesignfestival.com


Photo credit: Ed Reeve, London Design Festival 2014, 13 – 21 September, londondesignfestival.com


Photo credit: Ed Reeve, London Design Festival 2014, 13 – 21 September, londondesignfestival.com

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