Light Magic By David Chronister

brightwoods_090710_01-940x1410 brightwoods_090710_04-200x200 brightwoods_090710_08-940x782 brightwoods_090710_09-940x780 brightwoods_090710_07-940x802As we enter the dark half of the year, as the daylight gets shorter it always makes me think of one thing, LIGHT. Above is an example of the extraordinary power of light.These limited edition of 120 stools and 60 coffee tables are made from wood and resin with an integrated LED light. By Italian designer Giancarlo Zema,  they have created the Bright Woods collection for the Avanzini Group. Breath taking in its simplicity, yet it infuses the newest technology and crafts-manship, the power that a touch of magic simple lights can add is enormous.(http://www.giancarlozema.com/) see also (http://www.contemporist.com/2010/07/09/bright-woods-collection-by-giancarlo-zema-for-avanzini-group/)

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British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. With a background in lighting manufacturing and well known for his art installations, above you see them as a backdrop set within botanical gardens, but not to be overlooked are his stand alone sculptures and one of kind commissioned art pieces–

Beach Without Sand, 2002

Beach Without Sand, 2002

Gnasher’s Big Raspberry, 2008

Gnasher’s Big Raspberry, 2008

Rapunzel’s Tower, 2006

Rapunzel’s Tower, 2006

Puff, 2002

Puff, 2002

Of the origins of the work Munro says: “During the Easter holiday of 1997 my family and I were invited to stay at a beautiful Oliver Messel beachside home in Barbados. On the first night we arrived I had an unforgettable dream. It was about a building. I could not see where the light came from; it just came softly through the walls. I had a great inner sense of peace and unity; feelings of such clarity, which remain with me today.The moment I woke, I knew this was a building not just for me but for everyone: a space that could unite people, a space to simply practice Metta Bhavana, nothing more. It was about drawing light back into the world, both literally and spiritually”.(to see more of Bruce’s projects and light magic go to: http://www.brucemunro.co.uk/)

Lights when used strategically can add small touches of magic, here are some used in bedrooms(from:http://www.examiner.com/article/50-bedrooms-decorated-with-christmas-lights  see also:http://www.examiner.com/interior-decorating-in-san-diego/lori-smith,)

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

Bedroom Holiday Lights

Bedroom Holiday Lights

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Perhaps the most used light magic is for someones most magical day–WEDDINGS! Maybe its the most obvious use, but its effect is undeniable-string them outdoors, wrap them in ethereal toule, let them symbolize dreams, hope,peace– find some light magic for yourself, especially as we move into the darker times of the year–David Chronister

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