michela vianello and karim rashid: fluxus   a fabric of glass michela vianello and karim rashid: fluxus   a fabric of glass
dec 02, 2009

michela vianello and karim rashid: fluxus a fabric of glass

fluxus – the wavering glass light sculpture

the fluxus, is a result of a collaboration between artist michela vianello and designer karim rashid. a wavering, suspended murano glass sculpture, vianello developed the overall shape and concept of the piece, while rashid designed the individual glass element, the knit, in which the sculpture is constructed.

fluxus is a fabric made from 80 000 hand-made knit glass elements which cover recurring overtones of white to black passing through three nuances of grey to transmit constant visual vibrations. the color moves continuously within its optical space between the sculpture and the observer, capturing an ever-changing three-dimensional effect. it is constructed from mirrored laser cut metal tracks in which the knit elements are anchored, attached individually by means of a technical device created for andromeda. the overall installation covers a surface area of 60 square meters – about 6000 kg of glass steel and technology and it is lit by 5 000 punctiform halogen lamps distributed across the internal surface of the wave.

fluxus has been created for lifestyle store, white gallery and is set to open in rome today and is a concept developed by andromeda international.

‘the starting point for the sculpture is a structure I conceived from the beginning as a balance of forces united to form a movement I would describe as fluctuating, soft and enveloping, flowing between well defined points and lines to create a texture which traces out paths of signs and colours to achieve complete visual equilibrium.‘ – MV

alternate view

‘knit for andromeda is a system I designed of hand-made murano glass loops that can be woven together from a few to thousands to create endless configurations of delicate ornate glass chandeliers and lighting. our living spaces and objects should ideally be organic, transformable, flexible and allow objects and furniture to breathe – to shape the personality of the space, and knit is the fabric of light itself, to forever keep space dynamic, luxurious, and inspiring.‘ – KR

detail of construction and how the individual knit components are attached

detail of the knit

  • Breathtaking!!!

    Beth Worth says:
  • Very inventive. It recalls Ingo Mauer’s fishnet and the glass fibre optics room lighting designed by Conservation Lighting International Ltd. Glass fibre optics functional architectural lighting is still the most energy efficient, sustainable source/system now known.

    Halogen lamps are not the most energy efficient source, and they increase the air conditioning load considerably.

    Gersil N. Kay, IESNA says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
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.


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