Lebanese Architect Fadi Sarieddine, of Fadi Sarieddine Design Studio, has a reputation for challenging traditional design and examining it through new materials, applications and technologies. At this year’s Milan Design Week, he used his experimental approach to pay homage to another artist notorious for not following the rules.
The “Hey Banksy” light is as a tribute to notoriously secretive street artist Banksy who took his craft to a new level with his subversive and often satirical stenciled graffiti, holding a unique penchant for seizing the opportunity as an artist to connect to and relate with his constituents.
In conceiving this piece Sarieddine was inspired by Banksy’s ability to shed light on social, political and human rights issues and create a form of social commentary through his distinct art. Much like Banksy, Sarieddine seeks to create a connection between designer/artist and consumer with his pieces. A light fixture presents itself as the perfect means of paying tribute to Banksy’s illuminating influence. The fixture is a literal depiction of a spray can, Banksy’s primary vehicle for creation. The spray is represented as a glass cone with color sprayed in a gradation that fades out towards the rim creating a boundless effect.
The piece will be released in a capsule collection. Out of these, eight pieces will feature the Aluminum base, while six limited-edition versions will feature a marble base. Also unique to the limited rendition is a calligraphy inscription by Visual Artist Naji Al Mir on the interior of the cone. The inscription will feature text from an Arabic Poem, artistically contrived to aid in both function and aesthetic.
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