Exploded chandeliers by Ward van Gemert



Young Dutch designer Ward van Gemert will present his Exploded chandeliers at Mint Gallery in London from today.


"The deconstructed parts of a used chandelier are reconstructed into a new and modern chandelier," says van Gemert.


The following information is from Ward van Gemert:


Name: Exploded chandeliers
Year: 2008
Material: second-hand brass ball crown chandelier, electrical wire.


The deconstructed parts of a used chandelier are reconstructed into a new and modern chandelier. The electrical wire is used to lit the light bulbs, but also as construction of the new chandelier.


Story: In 2006 I graduated as a product designer at the st. Joost Arts academy in Breda, the Netherlands, with a series of three imaginary chairs.


To create these chairs I saw ordinary chairs into pieces, which were hung with wires to the ceiling. The pieces were positioned in such a way the existing chairs transformed (morphed) into three completely different chairs. I called these new chairs ‘exploded chairs’.

My ‘exploded chairs’ were stripped of their function and created as an academic project. With my new designed ‘exploded chandeliers’, I used the same method to create new images, but now I added function. The use of electrical wire both in a functional and in a constructional manner, makes this design modern and new.

With this way of designing, I want to make every day objects special/ noticed again. An ordinary, often overlooked, product is used to make a new design. Due to my interventions one image can generate thousands of other images.

With my way of designing I want to surprise both user and viewer with beautiful images and at the same time increase the functionality of an existing product, while visually preserving the past in new designs.

Posted on Thursday September 18th 2008 at 10:20 am by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • What a cool idea!

  • OKP

    what so explosive about this.. ? ,,, dont really like it.. been surprised to much already by to much droog….
    think we get a bit dehydrated by this stuff

  • William

    its called “exploded” OKP because in design, an “exploded” diagram shows each part with a gap in between it showing how it fits together….

  • Matty D

    While it looks like someone invested a lot of time and thought into this, the results are really are not very exciting. Intersting idea, just a dull execution…

  • dont think it quite came together

  • Honkie

    yawn yawn yawn

  • lin

    whatever all the haters say, i think it’s an exciting investigation with a really nice outcome. it feels like a fragile opulence which is something you rarely see. good job.

  • davide

    va a laurà barbun

  • great, thx….

  • p

    pretty nice idea, it shows the skeletal side of a completed chandelier. but this can be more elaborate.