Benjamin Jay Shand & Nicolas Locane
L/496 was conceived as a reduced appropriation of the functionalist floor lamp – the design, an exercise in restrained form-making and repurposing. The genesis was a large-scale immersive light installation commission for Vivid Sydney, composed of 496 white extruded members with embedded luminaires, suspended eight metres above viewers.
The interwoven grid orders, strict geometrics and simplicity of the original piece served as inspiration for a collection of interior fixtures and furnishings, the first one being L/496.
The current fixture is a fragment of a whole with its balance inverted, the linear geometries of the original piece are reimagined as a solid white base. The luminaire stems from the base vertically and illuminates directionally, filling environments with a white glow. The lamp that can also be dimmed to suit a range of settings and moods.
Image: Nicolas Locane & Benjamin Jay Shand, L/496, 2019. Image courtesy of the artists
Benjamin Jay Shand studied Architecture & Design on a merit scholarship, and completed postgraduate studies with Honours before receiving his registration from the Architect’s Registration Board. He has worked for and with various architecture/design firms and curated exhibitions for the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, overseeing the graphic and installation design. He has experimented across various media and his sculptural and design work has recently been displayed as part of La Biennale di Venezia and Vivid Sydney.
Nicolas Locane is a Sydney-based designer with extensive experience across design, architecture and academia. He has recently received recognition for his involvement in an award-winning installation for Vivid Sydney as well as an innovative bamboo installation exhibited at Milan Design Week, the Busan Biennale as well as private showings in Denmark. He has also curated exhibitions and designed and fabricated furniture for shows and private projects.
Ben and Nicolas have collaborated extensively on design propositions and delivered broad commissions.
Image: Nicolas Locane & Benjamin Jay Shand. Image courtesy of the artists