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Light installation by Simon Heijdens at Design Miami/


Designer Simon Heijdens has created a contemporary light installation for champagne house, Perrier-Jouët, at this year’s Design Miami/.

Heijdens’ work blends art, craft, design and new techniques seamlessly, resulting in an exciting re-interpretation of what Art Nouveau means to the 21st-century.


The contemporary light installation named as Phare No. 1–9 is made up of nine suspended hand-blown glass vessels, that contain a transparent liquid. A light source at the top of the vessel shines into the liquid and crates a pattern, which is projected onto the walls and floor of the white room.


Heijdens’ work explores the concept of coincidence, to trace and reveal the hidden essence of the spaces and objects that surround us in everyday life. Phare No.1-9 delves to the core of Art Nouveau and its principles of a studio-based, crafted art-piece, and merges the organic with avant-garde technology. The installation breaks boundaries of how we experience the natural world, and opens up the static character of our structured surroundings.


Simon Heijdens, said: “I am interested in how we relate to objects and the space around us. I try to bring back a sense of nature and coincidence back into the homogeneity of the everyday.  With Phare No. 1-9, I have worked with water for the first time, exploring its narrative qualities and variable character. It’s been a joy to interpret the brief from Perrier-Jouët, and I hope that with Phare No.1-9 I have captured a characteristic of water and light, revealing something that we couldn’t normally experience, in a totally new way.”


This project marks the second successive year that Perrier-Jouët has taken part in Design Miami/. The role as a patron for contemporary design began in 1902, when the champagne house worked with the significant French Art Nouveau artist Emile Gallé. He created the iconic anemone of its Belle Époque cuvée, still used today. Since then the house has commissioned many established and emerging designers as part of its continued artistic heritage.

Images courtesy of Charles Emerson

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December 18, 2013 | Design | View comments

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