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OP-light by Bilge Nur Saltik creates luminous optical illusions

London Design Festival 2014: Turkish designer Bilge Nur Saltik has created a wall lamp from textured panels that rotates to form moving light patterns across its surface.

OP-light by Bilge Nur Saltik

Bilge Nur Saltik, who graduated from London's Royal College of Art last year, used refraction to manipulate the light shining from her OP-light.

She layered three patterned acrylic panels in front of an LED light source within a circular frame.

OP-light by Bilge Nur Saltik

The panels automatically begin rotating when the light is switched on, causing the light to distort in waves and create a "hypnotic effect".

"Each panel has a different size grid and each grid reflects light differently," Saltik told Dezeen. "When the panels are layered multiple reflections creates the moving pattern looking like water."

OP-light by Bilge Nur Saltik

Powered by a small motor within the casing, the panels turn and swing in different ways.

Each of the acrylic sheets is also textured using a distinct geometric pattern so the light effects move in different directions across the top surface.

OP-light by Bilge Nur Saltik

"Playing with density and the angles of the texture enhances the effect of the illusions," said Saltik. "When turned on, OP-light creates continuous magical and playful visual illusions of light."

Saltik designed the light as part of her OP-jects collection, which also includes dimpled glassware that creates kaleidoscopic effects.

OP light by Bilge Nur Saltik

The OP-light will be shown at designjunction from 18 to 21 September during the London Design Festival.