Pipe Light by Triptyque



Pipe Light is an installation on an abandoned house in São Paulo, Brazil by French-Brazilian architects Triptyque.


The project, part of a design show held at the property earlier this year, comprises metal tubing and lamps wrapped around the inside and outside of the building.


The installation was commissioned Houssein Jarouche, owner of the adjacent furniture and homeware store Micasa.


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The following is from Triptyque:


Pipe Light - Triptyque

“I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.” – Marcel Duchamp

The Pipe Light was created from the design of a product that was morphologically similar to a vegetable which invades and takes the parts of a house, as a creeping plant; thus role of a bridge between art and design.


But unlike its inspirational object – that make the process of photosynthesis -, the pipe light "feeds" of darkness for enlighten.


Not only that, the luminary also exposes the architectonic drawing which is occult between walls.


By means of the use of conduits and other previously existing industrial components, not modified, it proposes a discussion between functionality, aesthetics and artistic value.


This installation of Pipe Light was performed by the invitation of Houssein Jarouche - shop owner of Micasa with project signed by Triptyque – to acquire a house abandoned alongside his shop.


After receiving the project intervention of the studio 20.87, the house became the stage of an exhibition entitled "do outro lado do muro” (the other side of the wall), which had 19 expressive names in the field of art and design, national and international, between August 09 and September 06, 2008.


The exhibition raised a questioning about the actual problem of the creative process and stimulated a dialog between art and design, proposing a decrease of the boundaries between one and another.


The design of luminaries appeared for the first time in the project of the night club Museum and from then began to take life itself and has been processed into product to be edited in Micasa, with special projects by Wall Lamps.



Posted on Sunday November 9th 2008 at 10:03 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I too am interested in the bridge between art and design. This is really interesting work.

  • croftdesign

    very nice concept. especially enjoy the diagramatic pattern of the pipes on the wall.

  • OLGV.

    kincky stuff … :)

  • lindo!!! beautiful ;- )

  • shishir

    reminds me of pompidu center

  • sc hu yl er

    Just in time! I was starting to feel like a meanie on the Dezeen reply board, but…

    Absolutely stunning. Many projects are said to blur the lines between design and fine art– almost invariably it’s a lie. This, however, has managed just that. My sincere congratulations to Triptyque. I’m simply floored by this project.

  • now_to

    Great,fluorescence mushrooms go everywhere!

  • bob

    excellent “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that”- project.

  • Joeri

    wow, this is really great!
    i love the ‘bridge’ and the pipes coming out of the fireplace!
    nice job.

  • And who would know ugly old pipes could look so amazing! Loved how they look from outside lite up was a fabuloues look.

  • Jay D

    that’s soooo cool!

  • Jonas

    explosivproof instalation. Its posible loding color water-fontane.

  • meus amigos, isso tá bem loco, gostaria de filmar um videoclipe aqui!

  • will

    i like it lots

  • ldl1

    agree with shishir, in its exposure of services, but it’s just so quixotic and inventive to be considered in the same way as the oppressiveness of what has become of high-tech chicanery.
    The pleasure of the design project is readily apparent, it’s easily enviable

  • Sara Makki

    Very clever, i was going through the website and did’nt feel like writing anything but when I saw this I had to say something. Bravo c’est geniale (its great). I love it

  • I love it!!!!

  • Sam Bell

    Indeed clever; really inspirational to look at objects around you and trying to make ugly looking thinks so pleasing, they make you smile…good job!

  • Incrédible!

  • this is rather nice indeed.

  • jay


  • kiial

    I am simply amazed at the simplicity while making such a huge gesture.