Designed in Hackney: next up in our showcase of design talent from Olympic host borough Hackney is Stoke Newington studio Loop.pH, who have installed this umbrella-like canopy of illuminated lace at the entrance to London's Kensington Palace.
Inspired by the ceremonial lace that has been worn by the British royal family for centuries, the light installation is made from over 4 kilometres of electroluminescent wire and is decorated with Swarovski crystals.
The structure will be on show to the public when the palace reopens next week, following a large restoration programme.
Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield founded art and design studio Loop.pH in 2003 and have since designed a number of installations using lace-making techniques. We first featured them back in 2007, when they created a glowing structure that reacts to movement, then again in 2009 when the project was featured in an exhibition at the V&A museum. See all our stories about their work here.
Their office is located on Stoke Newington Church Street, just down the road from Dezeen.
Designed in Hackney map:
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Red = architects
Yellow = brands
Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which is one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices. We’ll publish buildings, interiors and objects that have been designed in Hackney each day until the games this summer.
More information and details of how to get involved can be found at www.designedinhackney.com.