Sensing space: Responsive installation at Design Miami/ Basel

19 : 06 : 2014 Jamie Zigelbaum : Fauna Fetish : Design Miami/ Basel

Basel – Industrial designer Jamie Zigelbaum has created a striking digital installation for Design Miami/ Basel 2014 that responds to human movement.

Triangular Series by Jamie Zigelbaum Triangular Series by Jamie Zigelbaum
Triangular Series by Jamie Zigelbaum original sketches of Triangular Series by Jamie Zigelbaum

The installation, Triangular Series, is suspended from the ceiling of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Basel Exhibition Centre. It is made from 59 tetrahedral forms resembling stalactites. Each object is a shard of light that is a synthesis of customised electronics including high-powered LEDs, advanced sensors and software that enable each form to communicate with individuals in the space as well as with each other.

Motivated by a life-long fascination with the re-occurring patterns found in nature, Zigelbaum set out to create a piece that could mimic the rhythms in the organic world. ‘It’s an interactive installation using technology to create forms that mimic human behaviour,’ Zigelbaum tells LS:N Global. ‘As you walk in the room the installation will sense you.’

In the digital age, designers are increasingly looking for ways to provide a sense of reconnection with nature. For more, read our Fauna Fetish design direction and look out for more of our on-the-ground coverage of Design Miami/ Basel 2014 in our Seed and Shows sections.