“Nina Lieven’s Designs are geometry and magic”
When I hear geometry, I have to instinctively think of math lessons and angles with the set square. Since I was never particularly gifted in this regard, it is not necessarily my favorite memories.
A mix of maths and nature
The designs by Berlin artist Nina Lieven, which I recently tripped about, show that geometry can also be beautiful, almost magical.
The ceiling lamp inMOOV is inspired by organic movements in nature. Just like flowers that open and close, you can change the shape of the futuristic lamp by pulling a fine cord.
Completely opened, the lamp forms a flat, disc-shaped body and throws a warm light to the ceiling. Folded up, it recalls the classic lampshade shape with the light bulb in the center, concentrating its light beam on a spot on the floor.
Nina Lieven’s designs are based on the invertible circle as the main construction. The aim of the project is to apply the principle of inversion cube, which has often been used in art, on a circle. The result is then an inverted disc.
Geometric Shapes, perfectly harmonized with each other
Sounds complicated, but is wonderful to watch. Geometric shapes that are perfectly aligned and yet, or perhaps just because of this, are natural.
- According to Lieven,
- sources of inspiration are actually phenomena of nature,
- such as the opening and closing blossoms or the movements of a jellyfish floating in the sea.