CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

| 5 comments

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

Dutch Design Week: this lamp by designer Dennis Parren casts a network of coloured shadows.

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

Three different-coloured LEDs project light upward from a circular platform at the base of the CMYK lamp, past thin white metal bars that split the light to cast cyan, magenta and yellow shadows onto surrounding surfaces.

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

Red, green and blue shadows are created where the different colours overlap.

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

Cyan, magenta and yellow, along with black, make up the CMYK subtractive colour model used in printing, while red, green and blue make up the RGB additive colour model common to electronic screens.

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

Parren explains how the properties of LED bulbs enabled him "to show how the primary colors of light - red, green and blue - on the one hand, and the pigment colours - cyan, magenta and yellow - on the other, interact. The effect it produces may be called the aesthetics of LED light."

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

"You can’t really say 'that chair is red'," he continues. "Actually, the chair is reflecting red light while absorbing green and blue light. It is light that colors the world."

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

He adds that the CMYK lamp is "not designed to demonstrate how and why, but to show that light is the true custodian of color."

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

Different iterations of the design have been presented at various shows since Parren's graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2011, including a small table lamp in Kortrijk, a version on stilts for a Parisian gallery and a little corner lamp in Milan.

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

The large CMYK pendant lamp shown here was nominated in the autonomous design category at the Dutch Design Awards, which took place as part of Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven - see the winning projects here.

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

You can see all of our coverage of the event here.

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

See all our stories about lighting »

CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

  • http://www.indulgencedivine.com Sweet Indulgence

    Now there's a fresh look at light! Dennis Parren is a designer after my own heart.

  • Anne

    Really nice, but it should be bigger in this kind of space.

  • Frank

    Simple, complex, subtle and bold. Outstanding.

  • http://twitter.com/KathrynStudio @KathrynStudio

    Beautiful indeed, but without seeing the actual light source it is hard to understand and read as a design object in its own right. Rather, it is one element of a stage set.

  • Rob Featherstone

    Saw a tiny version of this light in london a few months back. Took me a while to figure it out. A very clever and clean idea I thought. Very satisfying. Props to you Mr. Parren!