Wireflow by Arik Levy
As part of Conversations at Clerkenwell, multifaceted artist and designer Arik Levy will talk about the relationship between space and design at the Farmiloe building Tuesday at 7 p.m. Dwell spoke with Levy about home those concepts influenced his new Wireflow lamp for Vibia.
Space seems like a guiding force and inspiration behind the lamp—what inspired the design of this collection?
Wireflow is first of all a light sculpture. I have started the series of these long ago and experimented for a few years with different ideas. When Pedro from Vibia first saw these at the studio, he was mesmerized and could not stop asking me to work with them on this project. I finally agreed, and the project evolved into the diverse geometry and flexible aspects of this concept. I enjoy creating pieces that do not invade the space but work with it. Pieces that appear and disappear as you look at them, elements that you can see through that don’t obscure. When both on or off one can enjoy the presence and absence of the form and volume. Its visible/invisible aspects are fascinating to me. I keep creating new configurations and using these in my private commissions and installations. I believe Wireflow opens a new era for light and its presence in space.
You've said the garbage bin is your best tool, and you work by subtraction. How does someone become a good editor when it comes to design?
Wireflow is a really good example of a very distilled piece. To be a good editor of oneself you need strength, character, distance and better ideas. Nothing is absolute or perfect. All we need to do is raise the starting point to a higher level that’s better connected to our sensorial self.