When we think about architecture and what it's comprised of, our initial thoughts would probably consist of shape and form. These characteristics, in the context of distinct ornamentation patterns, or in the style of structural composition, tell us much about a space. But still, this conception leaves out an entire dimension in the grand scheme of design - a dimension that is intangible to human touch, but infinitely consequential to any design. ....Any guesses?
This dimension is comprised of shadow light.
As often overlooked as it is, the right amount of lighting can create an atmosphere from almost nothing. When carefully and deliberately placed, lighting can serve not only as a compliment, but a defining feature of a space. It's a tool for colour, composition, and contrast.
And if we look at light as a design tool, it wouldn't be difficult to guess why our 21st century designers have an astounding toolkit that most of our ancestors did not; we have the technology to not only create our own source, but even the ability to tweak and control its various qualities like colour, brightness, and even the form of illumination.
Often in a series of minimalist forms but complex concepts, Semenko's luminaires have a very old-school modernist feel to them. Between the early Bauhaus, and El Lissitzky's prouns, Semenko's work lies somewhere in the middle. What peaked my interest was that she didn't simply recreate these ideologies, but did so in her own medium.
As medium-sized objects with a very specific viewing angle, luminaires are a perfect choice for the execution of her designs.
But even so, Semenko's style is not simply limited to constructivism. My personal favourites are her curved pieces, which seem to bend and twist so naturally that they create an illusion of easy flexibility. The sculptural forms she creates are strong contenders to be the centrepiece of any design set.
But more importantly, her work speaks of something greater. Semenko fully understands design in more than physical dimensions, and it's a breath of fresh air and innovation to see that. Not to mention it's not too hard on the eyes.
For more fantastic work, visit Semenko Design.
Photos courtesy of Semenko Design.
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Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University.