The Sputnik Family Tree

The Sputnik Family Tree

The Sputnik Light Family Tree Russian Sputnik Satellite 1957                                Gino Sarfatti 1950 Model #2003 Sputnik Chandelier The Atomic Modern Design period was derived from the nuclear culture of the 1940’s to 1960’s.  It was a time of futuristic science, technology, and outer space exploration that influenced the design of furniture, cars, fashion, and just about every consumer product on the market.  In 1957 the Soviet Union launched the world’s first Satellite into orbit and the race to space had begun.  The Sputnik Satellite was a 23” metal ball with four obtuse radio antennas awkwardly pointing out that circled the Earth in a mere 98 minutes.  It captured the fascination of space travel and soon became a symbol of the world to come.  It was around this time that Gino Sarfatti, the famous Italian designer, launched his own Sputnik ceiling chandelier that created a trend that is still alive today.   Strada Chandelier Collection by Kelly Warstler for Visual Comfort The Strada collection is uber cool, sophisticated, and comfortable all at the same time.  The small and neat little bulbs add to the very secret and peaceful existence of the many spikes.  Unlike most Sputnik style lights, this one has the light coming from within.. Starburst by Blackjack Lighting Completely integrated with LED the Starburst Chandelier squares up all of the celestial Sputnik style lines into a streamlined off balance version of the original.  The beautiful finishes of chrome, satin nickel, brushed brass, and matte white finishes provide you with a look for any modern...
The Importance of Lighting in Your Dressing Area

The Importance of Lighting in Your Dressing Area

If you’re a fashionista, you deserve the perfect dressing room to inspire all of your fabulous outfits. When it comes to establishing a place to strut your runway walk, try on different color combinations, and decipher the perfect way to accessorize, we at Modernize understand the importance of quality lighting. Boost your morale, body image, and outfit creativity with these simple tips.   via About Home Boost Your Body Image Have you ever tried on a knock-out dress at your favorite store, only to come out of the dressing room disappointed, and with a negative self-image? You’re not alone. Poor lighting can create unflattering shadows on the body, highlight areas you wouldn’t normally emphasize, and overall turn your happy mood into a downer. You should be able to rock your outfits and feel confident as you put your wardrobe together, so take matters into your own hands. Create your at-home dressing area with a full-length mirror system. We recommend a three-way mirror, so you can check out your look from all angles. This open mirror display reflects light in the best way possible. When it comes to accessorizing your dressing room and playing up your figure, we recommend overhead lighting from Lightopia. Channel some glamourous ritz with an exquisite chandelier, like the Murano Leaf Chandelier, which will have you feeling like Hollywood royalty. Or, stick to the essentials with flattering overhead ceiling lights, wall sconces and flush mounts.     via The Decorista Focus Lighting for Detailed Tasks Incorporating a vanity into your dressing room is a great way to try new makeup and jewelry combinations and coordinate with...
The Multiball Pendant

The Multiball Pendant

From designer Roberto Paoli comes the Multiball pendant which looks brilliant. The Multiball system is a is a cluster of differently shaped, illuminated spheres. Perfect for larger spaces, the light compositions (available in 5, 8, or 12 spheres) can be shaped and customized to suit any interior area.      ...
BMW Introduces Laser Headlights

BMW Introduces Laser Headlights

Starting with the 2015 i8 sports car, BMW will be utilizing lasers in their headlights.  The headlights utilize use several high-performance diodes to emit a beam via lenses onto a fluorescent phosphorus substance.  The substance transforms the beam into an exceptionally bright white light.  This light has a range of up to 600 meters (double the range of LEDs). This laser uses 30 percent less energy than power-saving LEDs.  To prevent oncoming drivers from being blinded by the light, BMW’s camera aided high-beam assistant dims the light.  Other automakers have promised to deliver this technology, but BMW is the first to offer it in one of their cars as an option from their standard LED headlights.  The 2015 i8 sports car is currently in production and will on sale later this year....
The Bay Lights – See the Dazzling Display Live

The Bay Lights – See the Dazzling Display Live

  There hs been a lot of praise and buzz about the Bay Lights in San Francisco, CA. It is an achievement in engineering as well as visual display. A custom LED lighting system spans across the bridge, creating a mesmerizing visual display. The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through March 2015. Over 50 million people in the Bay Area alone will see The Bay Lights shining from dusk until dawn for two years, with billions more seeing it in the media and online. It’s conservatively estimated that this monumental tour de force – eight times the scale of the Eiffel Tower’s 100th Anniversary lighting – will add $97 million dollars to the local economy.   Photos around the internet are capturing the beauty and grandeur of the Bay Bridge. Until you can make your way to see it for yourself, a new project in the web allows you to get as close to it live as possible. The Bay Lights Project is presented by Illuminate the Arts, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that aims to alter the arc of human history through the creation of transformational works of public art. Their mission is to produce and promote innovative contemporary art with civic impact, social activation and global reach to stimulate a culture of generosity, community, collaboration and love worldwide.   At baylights.org, you can view real time...
Pixelstick – Light painting evolved

Pixelstick – Light painting evolved

In 1889, artist Georges Demeny created the first known light painting photograph, “Pathological Walk From in Front”, by attaching incandescent bulbs to his assistant’s clothing and taking a long exposure. The technique was groundbreaking and became the touchstone for 125 years of unique and compelling works of art. We presented examples in an earlier post about light graffitti .  Photographers have since added colored lights and performed deft physical feats to capture interesting images, but the technology involved has remained remarkably similar to what Demeny used in that first image. Until today.   Light painting is a fairly simple to do. The first step is to make sure you have the right equipment. Almost every DSLR, and most point-and-shoots, have a long exposure mode. It’s as simple as choosing the length of the exposure (from a few seconds to a few hours) and moving a light source within the frame. The process itself is fun and the excitement of seeing what you captured immediately can be extremely rewarding.   Pixelstick reads images created in Photoshop (or the image editor of your choice) and displays them one line at a time, creating endless possibilities for abstract and/or photorealistic art. Taking this one step further, Pixelstick can increment through a series of images over multiple exposures, opening up light painting to the world of timelapse, and allowing for animations of a scope and quality never before seen.   Pixelstick is made with 198 full color RGB LEDs inside a lightweight aluminum housing. Pixelstick’s brain, a small mounted box, reads images from an SD card and displays them, one line at a...