Raimond Puts was one of those people and during a visit to a design wonderland–Moooi–on Blog Tour’s side-trip to Amsterdam I got to experience his genius in person, .
A technical engineer, Puts successfully segued from machine to product design over the course of his career. Fascinated with geometry, Puts took the most stabile shape in construction – the triangle — then replicated and layered it, taking this simple star-shaped, graph paper drawing:
Adding in the efficiency of LED technology and turning it into something stunning:
Available in three sizes, the fixture dazzles when hung in clusters and, as you can see, it’s equally stunning on its own. I think Moooi explains it well: From minimal means, maximum results.
As to my earlier statement about how good design challenges the way we see, take a look at the composition in the last photo. What makes this work is the pairing of Marcel Wander’s clean lined Travis chair–covered in a traditional fabric–the fun and funky zippers on the slipcover, and the bling Raimond brings to the setting. (The view of Amsterdam in the snow doesn’t hurt!)
Point being, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Add a little modern in with the traditional, a touch of tradition to a contemporary room, or a hit of sparkle to brighten up an almost great space. Your designer can help you get it right the first time.
Puts passed away in 2012, but his fixtures live on. I predict they will be around for a very long time. If you ever make it to Amsterdam–you must!–look for me at Moooi. I will be laying under Raimond’s beautiful stars.
Drawing via Moooi, Photos ©livethefinelife 2013