Cloud by Focus Lighting for Boffo Show House

June 5, 2012


Project description:

Focus Lighting teamed up with arts and culture non-profit, Boffo, on a “cutting-edge experiment in living.” The Boffo Show House is a collection of innovative furniture, décor, and art by famous artists and architects such as Andrew Yes, Thomas Heatherwick, and Cecil Balmond.  All together these pieces combine to create complete environments that redefine the modern home.  The four apartments within the Boffo Show House offer completely unique experiences according to specific themes – Future, Nature, Work, and Play.

Focus Lighting’s interactive installation – “Cloud” – unifies the Show House experiences by ushering guests in with a veil of ever-changing color overhead.  The LED nodes illuminating the 200 tubes and uplighting the ceiling above the 16 wooden discs employ infrared sensors that allow “Cloud” to process the movement beneath it.  As visitors walk through the 35-foot long hallway, a dynamic shift in color springs ahead of them.

“We wanted to use light to create a welcoming and memorable experience for each visitor,” says principal designer, Brett Andersen.  “We kept the colors and the programming quite simple, allowing us to create abstract representations of nature that tie these four very different spaces together”.

Guests entering the hallway from either end or from the middle rooms can trigger a transition to one of 12 unique looks.  “Part of the challenge was designing the logic by which “Cloud” would function – how and when the sensors would communicate with the lighting. We then focused on timing to get everything to flow smoothly,” says lighting designer, Ryan Fischer.  In addition, an increase in the amount of activity sensed by the installation’s eight motion sensors intensifies both the pulsating and the color of the light, giving “Cloud” a life of its own.

Project Name: Cloud

Address: 371 Madison Street, New York, NY 10002

Light Artist: Focus Lighting Inc.

Design Team: Brett Andersen – Principal Lighting Designer
Ryan Fischer – Assistant Lighting Designer
Dan Henry – Programmer

Photo Credit: Ryan Fischer