Fluxus by Karim Rashid and Michela Vianello



Designer Karim Rashid and artist Michela Vianello have designed a one-off, Murano glass light for Italian lighting brand Andromeda.


The piece covers 60 square metres and consists of 80,000 individual glass elements graduating from black to white.


Rashid designed the hand-made, interlocking glass modules, called Knit, which Vianello assembled as this flowing form.


The glass structure is suspended by a mirrored-steel frame and is illuminated by 500 halogen lamps distributed across the internal surface of the sculpture.


The installation was created for the White Gallery lifestyle store in Rome, Italy, due to open in October.


Here are further details from Andromeda:


Andromeda presents Fluxus, the wave of light and glass

From the Knit element to Fluxus artwork: thanks to the cooperation between Karim Rashid and Artist Michela Vianello, Andromeda defines a new aesthetic expression of motion in space.


A world preview of the new artwork by Andromeda: Fluxus, a wavering Murano glass sculpture created to adorn White Gallery the first big lifestyle store to be opened in Rome in October 2009.


Fluxus is the result of the cooperation between designer Karim Rashid who designed the Knit - individual hand-made glass element - and Artist Michela Vianello, whose inspiration gave concrete shape to the overall concept of the sculpture.


The use of a single design element in an artistic context led up to a suspended and apparently fluid surface consisting of a multitude of elements whose balance derives from the overall composing motion: a fabric of energy flowing through points and lines, creating marked paths and colours able to generate the expression of motion in space.


The sole Knit element covers a recurrence of overtones: white to black passing through 3 nuances of grey to transmit constant visual vibrations. The colour moves continuously in the optical space between the sculpture and the observer capturing an ever-changing three-dimensional effect in its endless harmonization.


Technical characteristics of Fluxus are outstanding: it covers a surface area of 60 m², using 80,000 handmade glass Knit elements in 5 colors. 6000 kg of glass, steel and technology. The structure consists of mirrored hand shaped metal tracks, creating a perpetual sense of an unfinished spiral movement. Running on these tracks are fine cross-beams to which the Knit elements are anchored, attached one by one by means of a technical device created to an original Andromeda design. The lighting is provided by 5000 punctiform halogen lamps distributed in a network across the internal surface of the wave.Two years of research, seven months of development process were necessary to define a new environment where art, design and the highest manual skills dialogue. The result is a swinging – illusory -  sculpture.

Posted on Wednesday July 29th 2009 at 4:25 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • What an awesome piece! It’s amazing how so many small pieces can be brought together to create such a huge impact.

  • Patrick

    My first impression was that I saw this one before in large scale at the Munich airport… On second look you see how unique this piece is in detail… Amazing!

  • Elena

    Karim rocks !!!

  • The Year of The Monkey

    That is really ordinary.

    This one by mARch Studio for Aesop is significantly better.


  • SomeHow the Material Should be more Concretic!!!

  • Nice design of smaller elements and the color gradations. Concept is nothing we haven’t seen before but good execution :)

  • Brian


    Yes, the K-man is quite something! Nice work!

  • Joaquin

    I personally think it looks similar to Lovegrove’s recent design posted on Dezeen in a holistic scale, except that Lovegrove’s done better. And, hey, I still miss the old original Karim.

  • A very good designer indeed!

  • Zabel

    I generally like it.
    The ‘knit’ glass is a cool concept.
    The overall form could be even more dramatic.
    And halogen?
    Come on – LED’s are the new It light!
    (And could have some cool flowing color effects through the Knit).

  • Lu

    Very nice artistic piece, go ahead

  • Lu

    I checked mARch Studio for Aesop image, seriously t i loved this one more because it looks more lighter and flexible