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Hello «Hello». An installation by Stephan Hürlemann for Belux

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At Designers’ Saturday 2016 Belux turned the focus of their product presentation onto the new cable system light Hello. Their presentation was accompanied by an installation conceived by Stephan Hürlemann. ‘Hello Hello’ celebrates the spiral cables that supply the lights with electricity and lend them their unmistakeable character. Five 4-metre tall double helix ribbons hang in a darkened room. They consist of horizontal bars hanging from a vertical band. At the ends of each bar are one white and one black sphere. Operated by electric motors, the bands turn fast, and then slower. Yet in the low light only the white spheres are visible which continually describe new spirals as they perform their poetic dance. Sometimes they are tight spirals, sometimes they almost make a straight line and sometimes they seem distilled into individual points. Visitors stroll between the dancing spheres, listening to a song of overlapping pure tones composed specifically for the installation.

 


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Lighting system Hello, 2016 Belux, Switzerland
Over 30 years ago, Belux launched a global innovation: Metro, designed by Hannes Wettstein, consisted luminaries fastened a double cable system that could be positioned flexibly. Today Belux presents a new generation of the cable system with the innovative Hello, designed by Stephan Hürlemann. Thanks to technical innovations, Hello requires only one carrier cable and even has two different LED lighting elements. “I realised that a cable lighting system can only be reduced to a single tension cable in a structurally clean manner by separating the static elements from the power line. On the phone one day, looking at the coiled cable of my telephone, I found the formal solution for that” says architect and designer Stephan Hürlemann. Hannes Wettstein’s former business partner thus provided the idea and the solution: the current for Hello is fed from luminaire to luminaire with the help of a coiled cable wound around the carrier cable; this way, the second carrier cable can be dispensed with. With this principle, luminaries can also be subsequently added or removed and the system still remains extremely flexible after installation.

Design: Stephan Hürlemann, Photos: Belux

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