This month, Berlin-based contemporary design gallery Helmrinderknecht shows Flynn Talbot's X&Y, a dynamic light whose color and brightness properties are controlled by the hand blown, opaque roller ball that serves as its shade. To change the hue, spin on the X-axis; to dim, spin along the Y, as demonstrated above.
The lamp is minimal in its form, so that the changing quality of light is showcased. This simplicity, however, hides the sophisticated and compact technical resolution of the object—all controls and lighting elements are contained within the brass base, pictured below. Reminds us of the rollerballs on now outdated computer mice.
Flynn Talbot is based in Perth, Australia, where he specializes in lighting installation design. See X&Y at Helmrinderknecht through March 26, 2011.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.