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An Olafur Eliasson Design | Louis Poulsen OE Quasi Pendant

Louis Poulsen OE Quasi Pendant Light designed by Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson, born in 1967, is a world-renowned Icelandic-Danish artist known for his tactile sculptures and large-scale installation art. His use of elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature is designed to immerse the viewer’s senses and create a transcendental experience. His work in a range of media, including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, and film are primarily inspired by issues surrounding sustainability and climate change, as well as engaging with arts education and policy-educating.

Eliasson’s interest in polyhedrons, spheres and curves – the ongoing geometric fascination he has pursued for years with his studio team – stems from a desire to create alternatives to the dominant orthogonal thinking of modern architecture, art, and design, to find forms that can help counteract the numbing of our senses. 

Eliasson features in the new season of Netflix Original 'Abstract' in which he talks in great detail about his influences, approach to design and his work with the Tate Modern. It's a fascinating episode of a wonderful series. You can check out the trailer here.

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It was this captivation of the emotional and physical effects of our immediate surroundings that inspired Eliasson’s conception of the OE Quasi for Louis Poulsen.

Composed of two contrasting yet interlinked geometric shapes, the OE Quasi Pendant Light is a striking luminaire that will transform any modern home or office. Its translucent, spherical form is characterised by a dodecahedron of white polycarbonate, serving as a reflector, embedded in an icosahedron of aluminium. The layered reflector illuminates rooms with a soft, subtle glow that allows for different interpretations depending on where the observer stands.

Constructed from 90% recycled aluminium used to create the outer icosahedron geometric form, the pendant light is built with sustainability in mind. Entirely recyclable and reusable, the OE Quasi can be dismantled and each element can be reused at the end of life, making this pendant a timeless addition for years to come.

‘Normally you would have a structure on the inside surrounded by a soft skin cladding the light, but my ambition was to reverse this, so you first see the outer structure holding the lamp together, with the soft reflecting material on the inside. Presenting the structure in this way also feels more honest, more revealing. It looks quite magical, but really there is no magic, no tricks, no secrets.’ - Olafur Eliasson

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The exhibition "Olafur Eliasson In Real Life" at the Tate Modern is live until January 5th 2020 so make sure you don't miss out on what is a wonderful, immersive experience.

Find out more about that exhibition here.

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