Ilan I El

This T Mel­bourne-based light stu­dio s cre­ates be­spoke pieces that t offer sculp­tural ap­peal

Inside Out (Australia) - - Things We Love - EDITED BY BELINDA KEMP

Ilan, what in­spired you to go into light­ing de­sign? I had been work­ing as an in­te­rior de­signer for a few years and was or­ches­trat­ing a to­tal de­sign pro­ject: a con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese restau­rant. My work en­com­passed the lay­out, fur­ni­ture and the fin­ishes, right through to the logo, menu and website, and ul­ti­mately the light­ing. That was the first time I needed to de­sign a lu­mi­naire so, like any other pro­ject, I dived in head­first and learnt as much as pos­si­ble. The most im­por­tant thing I re­alised back then is that un­like any other ob­ject, lu­mi­naires have two states of ex­is­tence: on and off. When off, it’s just an­other ob­ject in the space but when turned on, it comes to life and in turn lights our lives. It was lit­er­ally a light-bulb moment; I saw the light and knew that light­ing was what I wanted to do more of. What ma­te­ri­als are your favourites to work with? I’m in­trigued by us­ing dif­fer­ent medi­ums for my cre­ations and con­stantly ex­plor­ing new forms of ex­pres­sion. I of­ten work with nat­u­ral and earthy ma­te­ri­als such as wood, nat­u­ral yarns and porce­lain, and I also use var­i­ous met­als, glass and poly­mers. How do you hope peo­ple will in­ter­act with your de­signs? I be­lieve in phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tions – I aim to cre­ate a multi-sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence through en­gage­ment with my de­signs. Can you share an in­sight into your cre­ative process. Be­ing a de­signer, as opposed to an artist, I de­sign to my client’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions. I love work­ing with peo­ple from around the world and bring­ing light to their lives. Our be­spoke and large-scale projects keep my team and I at the peak of our cre­ativ­ity, chal­leng­ing us with prob­lem solv­ing and con­stantly teach­ing us things we did not know. Tell us about your new ‘Tree of Light’ de­sign. The light was orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned by a lo­cal client who re­quested a cus­tom­made piece for their new home to be sus­pended above their din­ing ta­ble in an open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing space. The client was af­ter a multi-branched pen­dant light in­cor­po­rat­ing glass spheres. We sketched a few op­tions and came up with a 1.5m-high piece, com­pris­ing nine branches, each fit­ted with a mouth-blown glass sphere. The re­sult was so strik­ing that I de­cided to add it to our per­ma­ment col­lec­tion and de­velop a few more vari­a­tions. What’s next for Ilanel? We are cur­rently in the process of in­cor­po­rat­ing an on­line shop into our website. We’re con­stantly launch­ing new de­signs and have just par­tic­i­pated in the 2017 De­sign-Made event in Syd­ney.

DDe­signeri Ilan El (inset) has cre­ated an ever-evolv­ing col­lec­tion of in­no­va­tive de­signs. The ‘Tree Of Light’ (top left) is the most re­cent ad­di­tion, while his ‘Nu’ and ‘Flash’ de­signs (top cen­tre & right) offer geo­met­ric sim­plic­ity. The strik­ing ‘Su­per­nova’ (be­low & bot­tom left) makes a bold state­ment while ‘Heavy Rain’ and ‘Arum’ (left & bot­tom right) offer na­ture-in­spired shapes.

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