Reflecting on Kimonos

By Jamie Waugh / Published by Dwell
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Sixteenth-century Japanese costuming and stainless steel don't typically have a lot in common. Paris-trained architect Andreea Avram Rusu, though, has changed that for the better.

Rusu's lighting line FLOAT Japan Series Panels reflect not only the designer's passion for fascinating lighting; their mirrored surfaces reflect light around the room with the prettiness and delicacy of a geisha's silk. Their laser-cut motifs of a male and female phoenix frolicking in the cherry blossoms pull the light through to the walls behind them, projecting distortions of this romantic aviary scene all around the room.

The panels are suspended from the ceiling by stainless steel cables. Their faces are mirror-finished; and backs are satin-finished.

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Jamie Waugh

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After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.

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