Shylights: Kinetic Fractal Light Fixtures Fall Open & Bloom


Designed to unfold like a hanging flower, much like wild plants close and open to defend themselves, these dazzling fixtures come to life and morph through a series of forms in fantastic succession.

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Dubbed Shylights by Studio Drift, the fractal shapes created during their metamorphosis is not unlike nature’s own nyctinasty (the circadian rhythmic nastic movement of higher plants in response to the onset of darkness.).

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Perhaps most remarkably, the process has a vertical component to it as well – each of these faux flowers falls 30 feet as it shifts shape, coming right down at you in large atrium spaces where installed (in this case inside a museum).

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See more in Industrial Design or under Technology. March, 2015.