Made with silk, aluminum, polished stainless steel, LED’s, and iPhone/iPad-controlled robotics, Shylights by Studio Drift mimic the natural world with their graceful metamorphosis. Watch as they fall 30 feet (9 meters) from the ceiling, unfolding the light as their flower-like petals expand. From Studio Drift:
“Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defense and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called nyctinasty, and inspired Studio Drift to create Shylight…”
“Most man-made objects have a static form, while everything natural in this world, including people, are subject to constant metamorphosis and adaptation to their surroundings. Shylight is the result of a question: how can an inanimate object mimic those changes that express character and emotions?”
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