“It is made in stained steel and uses green fluorescent light inside. I wanted to make a very abstract form, without fussy details and styling. A chunk of steel, basically, from which emanates little slices of green light. We code-named the piece ‘Platform’ because the slices of light tend to delineate the block form, like the outline figures in Tron. But mostly, it was a way to force the geometry of the table, just enough so the Block of steel has some kind of little magic along the edges.
I am working a lot with light, as you may know, and, coming from my architectural background, tend to
be quite functional usually, requiring that most pieces I design actually make very high quality light (not to say necessarily strong) for actual use. But once in a while, light can be used just to draw. And that was my idea with Platform.’’
Johanna Grawunder was born in 1961 in San Diego. Grawunder is a designer and architect based in Milan and San Francisco with a team of craftspeople in northern Italy. She is known for her monumental light installations. In addition to light installations, her practice includes minimalistic architecture and interiors, limited edition furniture design, and mass-produced pieces. Rather than being composed of light bulbs, Grawunder’s chandeliers are made from fluorescent tubing.
Her modernist designs pair with the resulting simple production and energy efficiency to redefine luxury in the present age by highlighting the fact that there is no greater luxury than for life, art, and the planet to continue to exist. Indeed, Grawunder’s aim is to create works with longevity in a disposable era. To this end, she employs thoughtful and skilled craftsmanship methods.
Grawunder often uses energy efficient mass production techniques and materials, such as polished stainless steel, steel cables, and her signature painted metal. Through light, shape, and color she reveals the beauty of these basic materials. Grawunder’s light installations have also been exhibited on the roof of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.