Richard Clarkson Studio
“harmonious contradictions & unapologetic curiosity”
Richard Clarkson Studio offers a range of innovative perspectives on traditional material ideologies, new technologies and adventurous opportunities. Distorting the ever-blurring lines between art & design, the studio uses processes & methodologies drawn from both disciplines. The New York + New Zealand based studio offers services in consultancy, product & experience design as well as an evolving range of pieces available for commission & sale.
Exhibiting at this year’s Wanted show RCS presents the Rain lamp, a light fixture that uses actual water to create a shimmering ripple effect. LED technology allows for mixing of light and water in ways that were never before possible. A hidden Micro-Peristaltic pump circulates water from the pool and releases droplets that fall around a bulb. As the droplets fall into the pool the light refracts from the disturbance of the ripples.
However the real magic comes from droplets simultaneously dropping – as the ripples of each droplet collide it creates a series of constructive and destructive interferences, a momentary condition in which the ripples ‘bounce’ off of each other. This is displayed in the projected light below as mesmerizing patches of light and dark patterns.