gionata gatto uses mirrored light to create optical effects at MAXXI
 
gionata gatto uses mirrored light to create optical effects at MAXXI gionata gatto uses mirrored light to create optical effects at MAXXI
jul 09, 2014

gionata gatto uses mirrored light to create optical effects at MAXXI

gionata gatto uses mirrored light to create optical effects at MAXXI
all images courtesy of studio gionata gatto

 

 

 

commissioned by MAXXI for the ‘design destinations’ exhibition, ‘perspectives’ is a project by studio gionata gatto that investigates the role played by perspective on light diffusion. the concept manifests itself in a 2w LED mounted with brass connections and electric cable sockets between an assembly of regular and one-way mirrors. the produced effect is an amplification of light along different vanishing points that create geometric compositions. used when the light is off, each construct works as a regular reflective surface, fully replicating the surrounding environment. as soon as the light is switched on, the one-way mirror becomes partially transparent, featuring an enhanced  illuminance burning between the inner facing planes.

gionata gatto maxxi perspectives design destinations
(left) flatback mirror
(right) tilted mirror

 

 

 

one of the two products for the collection comprises a base of three slightly angled sectors that converge towards the center. these tilted pieces cause the reflected patterns to disperse and dissipate beams in multiple directions. presenting an alternative visual, the other mirror is flat, causing the reflections to dissipate in one direction – determined by the angle it is viewed from. when one of its sides is brightly lit and the other is kept dark, it becomes easy to see through the latter as light can better penetrate its surface.

 

design destinations is showing at MAXXI in rome through 21 september 2014.

gionata gatto maxxi perspectives design destinations
light effect when the LED is on, on the tiltback version

gionata gatto maxxi perspectives design destinations
light effect when the LED is on, on the flatback version

gionata gatto maxxi perspectives design destinations
closer view on the mirror

gionata gatto maxxi perspectives design destinations
detail of the brass connection and electrical cable socket

gionata gatto maxxi perspectives design destinations
detail of the brass connection

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    489,490 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample