Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Fantastically Fragile Things where we’ll learn about an awesome series of sculptural light fixtures entitled Fragile Future III. Created by Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift, each one-of-a-kind modular chandelier is made of bronze, LEDs, and real dandelion seed heads, carefully hand-picked and connected piece-by-piece to the LED lights.
It’s a very labour-intensive process that’s meant as, “a clear statement against mass production and throwaway culture.”
"Are the rapid technological developments of our age really more advanced than the evolution of nature, of which the dandelion is such a transient and symbolic example? And could those two evolve together and meet in the future? Studio Drift proposes a vision of that future in their own signature aesthetics, a distinct mix between hi-tech and poetic imagery. Light functions as a symbolic and emotional ingredient rather as a tool to simply illuminate the dark. Fragile Future III is about conveying emotion and at the same time refers to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life.”
There’s just one possible problem: the overwhelming urge we’d feel to make a wish and blow on at least one of the downy dandelion heads. At the same time we love the idea of light fixture made of potential wishes.