Paper Wave Chandelier

This massive, room-filling paper ‘chandelier’ designed by Cristina Parreño Architecture in cooperation with a team from MIT (James Coleman, Sharon Xu, Koharu Usui, Natthida Wiwatwicha and Hannah Ahlblad), capitalizes on surface geometry. Installed and displayed at the ARCOMadrid art fair in Spain, the light- dazzling in its subtlety, relies not on expensive materials or complex electronics.

Instead, hundreds of cardboard/paper tubes are set at differing depths, creating a fluid, swooping topography reminiscent of softened stalactites. The designers describe the fixture, stating that, ‘The light was extremely simple – it was really the geometry of the surface that created the light effect.

Light filters down from above, creating surprising effects of lightness where depth would lead one to expect darkness and vice-versa. The tubes are themselves not longer, instead, the lengths of cables which fix the white paper tubes to the above wire mesh structure are cut at varying lengths. The result, this unique topography.