Modular (candle)light

Did you stroll past the Design Academies in Square?

There were so many fantastic things to see and hear there! The new generation of designers is buzzing with creativity. One side was designed by LUCA School of Arts students. Sadly we don’t have room to describe all the projects here, so we have made a coherent selection: modular concepts for (candle)light.

Lio Merckx dreamt up the Modul candle holder. The modular system works with just three building blocks: a two- and three-legged stand and a cylindrical candle holder and connecting element. This is used to screw the stands onto and on top of one another. The construction can begin. A candle holder for a single candle, a very long or metre-high configuration, a compact or monumental candelabra… You can construct or reconfigure your candle holder any which way. Hosting a dinner party? Then split up the tall construction into individual candle holders and spread them across the table. Have your guests gone home? Then create an alternative configuration. The Modul is fashioned from stainless steel. A clever feature is the screw thread inside the cylinder element. This allows you to securely screw each candle into place.

Gianmarco Gascello has invented the Photoncast lamp. The modular concept revolves around personalising both the lamp and the light beams. The base is a standard KD lamp: two semi-circular aluminium wings encircled by a four-piece plastic cylinder. You construct it using these six elements. So the lamp is made up of four circular segments – each with separate lighting. The four LED strip lights work independently of one another. You can make the light shine in a focused way, segment by segment. Do you only want light for a quarter of the circle, or all the way round? This alone clearly differentiates it from conventional lamps. You can also adjust the size. The basic lamp comes in two heights (48 and 96 cm) which you can raise or lower in a modular set-up. But where does the name come from? Photon is the smallest light particle; cast alludes to targeted light. This explains everything.

photos:  © Amber Vanbossel.

Lio Merckx