Single lens chandelier,
Rosegold-plated aluminium, Corian, glass, fresnel lens
1.4 m (DIA) x 2.9 m (H)
Chandelier with 12 lenses,
Polished aluminium, glass, 12 fresnel lenses
1.4 m (DIA) x 0.8 m (H)
The chandeliers build on Troika's fascination for optical phenomena taking inspiration in the work of early Enlightenment scientists and the manipulation of the very substance of the light itself. The principles at work in both chandeliers, namely the diffraction and controlled scattering of the light, is reminiscent of the early experiments of Sir Isaac Newton and the later Augustin Fresnel, while signifying a quest for deeper understanding which found a natural resonance with the values and legacy of the Royal Society of Arts, founded in 1754.
The chandeliers use large fresnel lenses to shape the light generated by high power LEDs into geometrical patterns projected onto the ceiling, thus contributing compelling decorative elements to the surrounding spaces while providing the necessary illumination levels.
The Grand Staircase chandelier is comprised of a large 1.2m diameter fresnel lens, rimmed by a white Corian ring, and suspended in front of a rose-gold plated cradle housing 9 high power LEDs. As the white light generated by the LEDs passes through the lens, a pattern of 9 overlapping rings is created, adorning the ceiling with a unique crystalline rose.
While reflecting the RSA’s commitment to 21st century enlightenment, the two chandeliers inscribe themselves in continuation to Troika’s work with light and optics, following Troika’s installation ‘Falling Light’ for Swarovski Crystal Palace first shown at Design Miami in December 2010, and ‘Light Rain’, 2010, for the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.