SunFLOWER | Fresnel
A bouquet of sunflowers, placed in a yellow pot. This masterpiece, painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1888, is admired around the world for its eternal beautify, making it one of the most famous Dutch icons. The painting is a 19th century take on the amazing flower paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. The sunflowers by Van Gogh are a source of inspiration for artists and designers. Now, after more then 125 years a new Dutch icon has been created, celebrating the rough beauty of the sunflower: the SunFLOWER by Studio Dirk Vander Kooij.
The SunFLOWER | Fresnel standing lamp is a new lighting concept by Dirk Vander Kooij. It derives from the Fresnel Light, the result of two years of research and prototyping. Instead of a pendant lamp, the SunFLOWER is mounted on a metal frame with multiple branches. Each of these branches ends in a Fresnel lamp module, like the buds on the stem of a flower. The lamp module itself consists of two plastic halves, enclosing LED-modules. The hundreds of dimmable LED-lights produce over 50.000 hours of light and are easy to replace.
A sunflower has a special relationship to the sun. The flower itself resembles quite clearly the shape of the sun, but more special is the direct relationship with light. During its growth, sunflowers tilt throughout the day to face the sun. The SunFLOWER lamp uses this heliotropism in a reverse way. Instead of tracking the light, this sunflower is the source of light. Each lamp rotates around a center core, a metal ball, making the direction of the light easy to adjust and to aim where needed.
The SunFLOWER lamp is developed in close collaboration with architectural firm Baranowitz & Kronenberg for the W Hotel in Amsterdam, one the most trendy hotels in Amsterdam. The custom version for the W hotel features a straight main stem in black, while the basic version is white with a bent stem.
The SunFLOWER standing lamp is part of a family of lamps with different numbers and different sizes of lights, a whole bouquet of flowers!