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Glow Up at A/D/O
Six designers from Fernando Mastrangelo's platform for emerging artists, In Good Company, were commissioned to create a piece for Glow Up an exhibition at A/D/O.

In Good Company installs huge lights in A/D/O courtyard

A curved, golden mirror ideal for taking selfies is among the large light fixtures that Brooklyn designer Fernando Mastrangelo's In Good Company has placed into the courtyard of Brooklyn hub A/D/O.

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Bailey Fontaine created Rattrap to comment on selfie culture

Six designers from In Good Company, Mastrangelo's platform for emerging artists, were commissioned to create a piece for the exhibition called Glow Up.

"Each designer was challenged and commissioned to craft sculptures and chandeliers that interpret the concept of light in its many forms, the various ways that we interact with those forms, and the emotion we feel within those interactions," A/D/O said.

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Gold clad mirror with a round light is featured on its underside, while the hidden side is covered with spikes

"Visitors navigating Glow Up are encouraged to look up to discover moments of warmth, and to look inward for moments of reflection."

Amanda Richards melted discarded scrap metal and used the resulting fluid to adorn her set of three pendant lights titled Pearl Pendants.

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Pearl Pendants by Amanda Richards repurpose discarded metal that was melted down to decorate a  series of cylindrical hanging fixtures

"The process repurposes intimate heirlooms into ornamental, yet functional design, giving the found trinkets new life," A/D/O said.

Designer Nick Missel was influenced by the distortion of nature caused by fog or pollution. His work, Moon Wrap, is intended to resemble the moon as viewed through a haze. Its shapeless exterior is coupled with an underside cast in reflective chrome.

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Nick Missel created a Moon Wrap, a piece that resembles a distorted version of the moon

For On-Edge Marco Piscitelli took cues from street bollards and floodlights. His hanging fixture relies on ambient light to illuminate its high-vis and metallic surface. It casts its beam downwards lighting and warming those standing beneath it.

Also on display is Rattrap, an installation by Bailey Fontaine that comments on selfie culture. The suspended piece was constructed to replicate the design of cartoon-like rat traps.

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Salt / Light / Copper Triad by Gregory Beson explores the relationship of light and time and will decompose over the course of the exhibition

It hangs on an angle revealing a gold mirror-clad underside meant to lure visitors to take picture of themselves, while its top surface covered with spikes is hidden from view.

Gregory Beson explores the relationship of light and time in his three lamps Salt / Light / Copper Triad. Made from Himalayan salt and copper the pieces measure time using the sun's position. To acknowledge the cycle of light and life the fixtures will decompose over the course of the exhibition.

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Also on display is Dis Truss Chandelier by Arcana, which wraps a commercial lighting truss over one of the exhibition space's structural I-beams

Dis Truss Chandelier by Arcana wraps a commercial lighting truss over one of the showroom's structural I-beams. It asks visitors to think about industrial forms and materials that appear outside of their typical context.

Glow Up is on view in the courtyard at A/D/O by MINI until March 10 2020.

The exhibition is one of a series of innovation and design-focused initiatives by the MINI-backed hub that coincide with the launch of the MINI Electric Vehicle in 2020. The company unveiled its first entirely electric car in 2019.

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Marco Piscitelli created a chandelier that casts its beam downwards, its form was influenced by the shape of street bollards and floodlights

A/D/O is located inside an old warehouse that New York studio nArchitects turned into a creative hub, restaurant and tech startup incubator.

Previous installations in the Brooklyn space have included an immersive canopy work by designer and engineer Nassia Inglessis that uses a pulley system to invert the floor and ceiling as a visitor walks through it.

Photography is by Daniel Seung Lee.