design et al are delighted to announce that George Singer has won the Lighting – Pendant / Chandelier Award within The International Design and Architecture Awards 2017.
Zephyr was designed in collaboration with the Berlin-based computer code writing company, Onformative. George Singer managed to create a truly-organic form before building an app in order to position twenty-thousand steel disks in their own unique positions. The designers created an installation which reflects the beauty, energy, and dynamism of the surrounding countryside of St Andrews Bay, Scotland. Inspiration was taken from the rolling hills, the murmurings of starlings, the long grasses blowing in the wind, the enormous cloud formations, and the crashing waves on the rugged coastline.
The colour of the installation must complement the colour scheme of the interior and is to be illuminated with LED spot lights. The installation must fill the full sixty-meter-length of the atrium, be eight metres wide and five metres deep. George Singer’s favourite aspect of the project was the use of computer code-writing to create the truly organic form and that the steel disks are so thin they do not collect dust. One of the biggest challenges for this project was the fitting of the twenty-thousand steel disks, trained designers were required to fit the steel disks to wire by hand.
“It was a real pleasure to work on a project of this scale. Zephyr has transformed my business and I very much look forward to carrying out similar projects in the future.” – George Singer
The design works so well for two main reasons. The first, by using twenty-thousand steel disks, the installation really fills the space and allows the atrium to feel more intimate. Secondly, people see many different things within the aesthetic of the installation which creates a lot of interest. The aesthetic of the installation really reflects the surrounding countryside. The colours beautifully complement the surface finishes and furniture in the space.