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‘STREETLIGHTS’ by .PSLAB in Clerkenwell Design Week

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We are happy to share with you the most-recent installation that .PSLAB has designed and manufactured for the Clerkenwell Design Week taking place in London from May, 24th to 26th.

In 2008, .PSLAB created site-specific lighting products for DOSarchitects' London studio using vintage car headlamps. On the occasion of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, .PSLAB renewed the initiative by adapting these headlamps into a large external intervention on the façade of DOSarchitects' studio on Lever Street.

You can find below the press release by the designers.

 
 
BUILDING GETS A SHINING NEW FACELIFT FOR CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK
London, United Kingdom
 
‘STREETLIGHTS’
 
External façade: Intervention of .PSLAB on DOS Architects studio during Clerkenwell Design Week
London, England, May 24th to 26th 2011
 
• 220 vintage headlamps created by .PSLAB to light up DOS office façade during Clerkenwell Design Week
• Second collaboration between .PSLAB and DOS architects
• Bold installation sets tone for Beirut team’s expansion to London
 
On the occasion of the 2011 Clerkenwell Design Week, multi-award-winning design company DOS architects and creative lighting firm .PSLAB have collaborated for a second time to produce a daring one-off temporary installation on the external façade of DOS’s studio. The structure will use original vintage car headlamps to light the street.
 
BACKGROUND
 
.PSLAB
 
.PSLAB develops products, from concept to construction. They have given life to projects from homes to shops, offices to restaurants, yachts to art galleries and gardens to exhibitions. Their original lighting products have won many international awards, and contribute to an archive of custom-crafted products. They will be expanding their presence in London in the near future to include a showroom for their unique lighting pieces.
 
DOS Architects
 
DOS Architects was formed by Lorenzo Grifantini and Tavis Wright, who have worked with some of the world’s most prestigious architectural firms. Their combined vision has developed a multi-award-winning company - whose achievements include winning the 2005 Dubai Tower competition - that has established itself as a leading name and light among European architecture firms.
 
The Project
 
In 2008, .PSLAB created original lighting products for the DOS studio on Lever Street. In the offices’ entrance stairwell, .PSLAB adapted to the spatial needs of the site and with vintage car headlamp fixtures; the red wiring for these products was made external and incorporated into the overall design, and an award-winning holder product – honourable mention at the Reddot Design Award 2009 - was developed to control the direction of these cables.
When planning their intervention for Clerkenwell Design Week 2011, .PSLAB drew on these headlamp fixtures for their external installation with DOS. The large-scale public project represents a newly confident, tangible approach for .PSLAB. Design Approach
The temporary nature of the installation allows a freedom of scale and vision not usually available for the exterior of a building. Lighting the entire office façade, past which many people will walk during the Design Week events, requires overcoming the physical constraints of the site, mainly the uneven external surface of the building.
 
 
Design Walkthrough
 
The key technical detailing in this context is the metal ‘skin’ that will be fixed parallel to the wall to overcome the constraint of the site’s uneven surfaces of varying materials, including brick, glass and steel, and which will require specific product detailing. The steel ‘skin’ holds the headlamp fixtures in a bold pattern, with the wiring hidden inside it.
The lamps can be fitted with energy-saving light bulbs, and easily serviced from the interior of the offices. 
 
 
 
‘STREETLIGHTS’ by .PSLAB at DOS architects studio: 17-19 Lever Street, EC1
V3QU, London
 
For further information about .PSLAB, please contact:
Benedicte Flouriot
Communications
.PSLAB
T: +961 1 44 25 46
www.pslab.net
 
For further information about DOS architects, please contact:
Lorenzo Grifantini
Director
DOS architects
T: +44 2 07 253 8222
www.dosarchitects.com

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