nacho carbonell: luciferase nacho carbonell: luciferase
feb 07, 2011

nacho carbonell: luciferase

‘luciferase’ collection by nacho carbonell all images courtesy of nacho carbonell

developing and producing experimental work with narrative implications, pushing the boundaries between design and contemporary art, functional use and sculpture, restraint and exuberance, beauty and ugliness, violence and gentleness, spanish-born eindhoven-based designer nacho carbonell‘s newest body of work ‘luciferase’ – which in latin is a photon-producing enzyme, present in the luminous organs of certain plants and animals – is no exception.

the starting point for ‘luciferase’, was a simple pebble, a fragmented stone which nacho collected in spain this past summer. in the past, having experimented with corn, glass, latex, leather, paper and wood, with this collection of 15 light pieces, nacho now defies the limits of epoxy resin, a liquid material solidified by heat, which lets light through the LEDs placed inside its body. together, the combination of synthetic elements (the resin) and technological components (the LEDs), results in a body of bioluminescent creatures with a primitive appears, reversing technical and aesthetic conventions. only one of the fifteen pieces contains a bulb, concealed behind the resin which acts as a filter diffusing mystery.

in this family of lights, the exterior exhibits soft and velvety materials – epoxy resin is mixed with different colored sands, sometimes covered with plaster or metal dust – meant to resemble the skin of an unknown species. in contrast, the interior diaphanous and translucent textures, made from epoxy resin that has been mixed with colored pigments, referencing dentition, filaments, rocaille, straps, thorns, tongues etc. some of the works conjure up the translucent sparkle of fine gemstones such as that of amethyst, malachite or quartz, some lights looking almost as if they are the mouth of a carnivorous plant, questioning the limits between abissology, genetic manipulation, mineralogy and vegetology.

all of the lamps share a similar form, a square base with stand and hollow, circular element in which the LEDs are embedded.

  • are we crazy, i think he has to stop doing this kind of stuff

    ad says:
  • Fortunately we are crazy, and I think he has to continue doing this kind of stuff

    Raphaël says:
  • He’s an artist, and he CAN’T do design!

    Guybrush says:
  • The man is a genius and always will be. love his work.

    rufio says:
  • Some of the close up shots actually make me feel a little uneasy in my stomach. It looks like i am looking at an open wound/mould or smallpox.

    disaster in plaster says:
  • ces lampes sont vraiment magiques, poétiques, uniques et
    ironiques….un très grand talent…

    krok says:
  • very interesting design
    I particularly like the GREY / GREEN lamp

    Aroshi says:
  • was quite a shock to see the scale midway through the pix

    dbkii says:
  • The textural application of transparency in these pieces is fantastic! Very creative. However, they do look rather “beastly”, which I suppose is a valid approach to design. However, having a large beasty occupying your space may not be for everyone. I would suggest a combination of the wonderfully textured translucent surfaces with more precise or cleaner surfaces, which could still retain an implication of an animalistic skin without being quite so grotesque.

    On the flip side…. I do know some individuals who would LOVE to share their personal space with such forms particularly because they are grotesque in a somewhat playful animated way.

    Imaginative and delightful work. Not for everyone.

    DBG says:
  • brutal

    lui gi says:
  • invasion of the bodysnatchers . .

    osmosis8 says:
  • I am shocked. Who are all those critics?
    This guy is great, a genius/ at least he is not reproducing constantly what already exists. For sure he is an Artist and in my point of view artists are among the ones who are going to make this world a better place.

    NBNYC says:
  • I agree, but is this blog called artboom???

    pip says:
  • for sure that artist will help to do this world better, but i dont think he is even an artist…. and not even a genious, af if you are thinking so, i question if you are even a critic of ar ignorant person

    sa says:
  • for 50.000 is pure madness. the pieces are nice and well made but for the price there is much better design in the world

    LIBBNYC says:

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