Bacterioptica - Design Bureau

Bacterioptica

Bacterioptica

Bacterioptica

Bacterioptica

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Bacterioptica’s inception began when Madlab, a multifaceted firm dedicated to environmental sensitivity and intelligent design, received a call from a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary. As a gift to each other, the two wanted to commission a chandelier. “They had just wallpapered their powder room in Tintin cartoons, and I instantly sensed their spirit for adventure,” says co-founder Petia Morozov(the other co-founder is Jose Alcala). “What most impressed me was a long hallway adorned from top to bottom with photographs of every family member, from every generation. The concept of what it means to be an extended family sparked the larger inspiration to test this notion about the inseparability of cultural and natural systems.”

“This is just the type of work we get excited about — the more offbeat and progressive, the better.”
- Justin Grodner, Grodner Metalcraft

The bacteria-based light is an experiential take on traditional chandeliers. Attached to the fixture are many Petri dishes that house actual DNA swabbed from the homeowners and visitors to create a network of living, breathing bacteria that interacts with the immediate environment. “This is just the type of work we get excited about—the more offbeat and progressive, the better,” says collaborator Justin Grodner of Grodner Metalcraft. He cites the budget and the time frame as the real difficulties—not the gross factor.

Bacterioptica’s fluid design is meant to suggest movement and is achieved by a web of slinky fiber optic strands that hang ominously overhead, illuminated by headlights. “We loved how sinuous and organic the fiber optics could perform over the lifetime of the chandelier,” Morozov says. “We also wanted to use a form of lighting that could be free from the visual noise of heavy wiring cables.” Says Morozov of Madlab’s unique take on a dining room staple: “We find ourselves more inspired by the experimental inquiry that lies outside of design’s traditional boundaries, and have pushed ourselves to ask the right questions before we can ever know the right answers.”

Bacterioptica, $16,000, www.madlabllc.com

 

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