the VELUX Group is col-
laborating with Little Sun, a global project founded
by internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and
engineer Frederik Ottesen, to improve living condi-
tions for people in areas of the world with-
Together, the two companies
are hosting an international
design competition called
Natural Light, which has as its
goal the distribution of clean,
reliable, affordable light to
off-grid African regions.
The competition celebrates
natural light as an affordable
and sustainable solution to essential global challenges
while promoting innovation, creativity, and technology
for a greater purpose.
Design students from all over the world are invited
to create a special edition solar lamp for the VELUX
Group and Little Sun. The winner will donate 29,000
units of its design to underserved populations, and
a substantial amount of lamps will be sold in off-grid
regions of Africa at locally affordable prices.
The deadline for submitting a design is March 15,
2015. Visit naturallight.org for complete details.
To Infinity and
St. Petersburg, Russia
In his general theory of
relativity, Einstein calculated
that light could be deflected by mass, a discovery
which catapulted him to
world fame. Nearly 100
and light is still being explored in imaginative ways,
as demonstrated by Numen / For Use, a Croatian-Austrian design collective comprised of Sven Jonke,
Christoph Katzler, and Nikola Radeljkovi.
Working in the fields of scenography, conceptual art, and industrial and spatial design, Numen
/ For Use has designed and created the N-Light
Membrane, a giant cube made up of semi-transparent
mirrors and reflective foil membranes that is connected to an air tank and compressor. By inflating or
deflating the air tank, the membrane turns convex or
concave, gradually bending the light into seemingly
limitless grids that are formed by the edges of the
cube, which consists of narrow lighting tubes.
First introduced at the Rizzordi Art Foundation
in St. Petersburg, Russia, this installation was also
featured at the 2014 Venice Arch Biennale, captivating audiences with its hypnotic visual effects
and the mind-bending possibilities of redirecting
P h otography ©Numen