ESI Lab Test #212B – Lines and Shapes and Metal Converge

Posted August 2, 2013

Lines and Shapes and Metal Converge

In this lab test, we were trying out an idea for an interior design concept. The concept was for a lighting source made up of a series of shapes extending through space created by LED shafts housed in metal with thousands of holes. Maybe.


We wanted to see if a 360-degree light source could be produced with this industrial, metallic design. What we show here is the rough prototype of the LED shafts that would be the light source.




Once we decided on a test light source, we started putting metal in front of the LED. The crux of the trials was to test the density and power. The question was whether or not the light could shine through and how? Would our 360-degree source shine through this or that diameter of cut metal? What colors create the most compelling experience?


Stacking and layering the LED shafts let us see how a metal-faced enclosure would be lit internally and externally. The perforated sheet metal worked in terms of emitting light. But the next step would be to take it on-site and create an in-place mock-up.


We basked in the flow for a while then took it down.

Experiment, constructed, tested, complete.


Emily Webster

Emily is an award-winning designer focused on media architecture and immersive environments. Working with world-class clients and design teams on experiential projects, she sets the creative direction and leads the conceptual development process. Emily is responsible for iconic NYC landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty Museum and the digital activation at Laguardia Airport’s Terminal C. Her unique cross-market expertise ranges from retail, cultural and technology clients, to healthcare, corporate and commercial projects. She is innovation-focused, leveraging the panorama of interactive technologies to help clients tell their story by creating engaging, immersive, and meaningful experiences. A sought-after thought leader, Emily has presented at high-profile conferences such as Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, NYC X Design Festival, and WORKTECH, and her insights have been featured in media outlets including Business Insider and WWD.

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