Reflection Room is an immersive, coloured light experience that will be the first London Design Festival installation to be housed in the V&A Museum's Prince Consort Gallery. The vaulted space is lit at each end to highlight and define the dramatic 35m length of the gallery, its ceiling structure and the audience walking within. It is illuminated with my signature of complementary blue and orange lighting, and large gloss black Barrisol panels are used to expand the width of the space, offering a fragmented view of shifting colours, reflections and light.
Reflection Room is a completely site-specific work. I conceived the idea standing in the gallery, and wanted to add my story on top of the beautiful existing architecture but not to take it over. I wanted to add to its beauty and to exhibit in a new way with an abstracted view of the existing cabinets and amazing ceiling structure. With all of my work I want to create new experiences using light that build a connection between people and place.
Reflection Room uses 56 custom-made stretch membrane Barrisol panels in gloss black. Fitted within the panels, at each end of the room, are light columns in orange and blue, a combination of colours that creates a certain magic. The resulting play of verticals serves to transform the space into a vivid hall of coloured light. The visitors are an integral part of installation. Each person will be lit in a unique way of depending on where they are standing, adding to the rich depth of reflections within the gallery.
2017 Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Commissioned by: London Design Festival
Dimensions: 35m long x 4m wide x 7m high
Materials: Barrisol, Artolis, aluminium, plywood, RGB LED profiles with custom programming.
Additional thanks: Design Intent
Photos: © Mark Cocksedge
Film: © Zetteler Films