Arnout Meijer making light visible

A wonderful universe of light art

Amsterdam based designer Arnout Meijer uses high-quality materials, technology and electronics to investigate and direct our visual perception. The result is a wonderful universe of objects, installations and other projects.

Thanks for the sun series by Arnout Meijer
Thanks for the Sun Series table lamp by Arnout Meijer. © Arnout Meijer Studio
Thanks for the sun series by Arnout Meijer
Thanks for the Sun Series desk lamp by Arnout Meijer. © Arnout Meijer Studio
Thanks for the sun series by Arnout Meijer
Thanks for the Sun Series wall lamp by Arnout Meijer. © Erik & Petra Hesmerg

"Most lighting designs conceal the light through a cover, shade or other constructions. I want to design the light itself and make it visible," says Arnout Meijer, who graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2012 following studies at the Delft University of Technology and an internship at Richard Hutten Studio in Rotterdam.

Since then, he has set up his own studio in Amsterdam (2014) and created an eclectic body of work including lighting design, sculptures in public spaces, installations and architectural interventions. Perception and light are always central in the works he creates. It’s an approach evidenced in his graduation piece Thanks for the Sun (2013) and the Thanks for the Sky (2015) sculptures, through to his One Point Perspective (2016) lighting series and the installation 336 m3 blue/orange (2017).

Thanks for the Sky by Arnout Meijer
Thanks for the Sky blue/orange by Arnout Meijer. © Galerie VIVID
Thanks for the Sky by Arnout Meijer
Thanks for the Sky blue/orange by Arnout Meijer. © Galerie VIVID
Thanks for the Sky by Arnout Meijer
Thanks for the Sky blue/orange by Arnout Meijer. © Galerie VIVID

At the base of Meijer’s practice lies a dedicated urge to explore and research. "I always have a plan of how things should be, but of course, quite often it turns out it just doesn’t work that way. Then I consult my sort of mental database of materials and light sources, and I try something else until I am satisfied. I create by trial and error."

It was in the same vein that he got the idea of working with holographic light shapes for his series of light sculptures, One Point Perspective, produced by Victor Hunt Designart Dealer. And is also the genesis for his Star Polygon lamp, a prototype: "I reversed the lens, which resulted in a sun-like projection. We are now trying to capture this in an industrial lamp; a producer is working on that," Meijer announces, adding that he’s just as much into artistic projects as he is in industrial design.

One Point Perspective by Arnout Meijer
Arnout Meijer worked with holographic light shapes for his series of light sculptures, One Point Perspective. © Victor Hunt
Designer Arnout Meijer
Designer Arnout Meijer © Sophia van den Hoek

During the last Art/Design Miami Meijer participated in the group exhibition Overload, that opened and occupies the Vizcaya Museum – "I changed the lighting and windows in terms of colour and intensity. This created a game of various, unusual colours like cyan, yellow, red; a new reality with the existing light sources, which had a strong impact on the visitors’ perception: they suddenly became more sensitive to what they saw and actually discovered a very different Vizcaya."

Arnout Meijer doesn’t participate in what he calls the rat race of design weeks. It’s not so much the environment of such events that he finds problematic, but the mentality of coming up with something new every season that he takes issue with:  "I don’t make stuff just to make stuff or to show at a fair. I make works when I feel a genuine need for it or when I really have something new to share.

Get to know more about the works of Arnout Mejer: www.arnoutmeijer.nl

[Article in cooperation with DAMN°]

Thanks for the Sun Series wall lamp by Arnout Meijer

Thanks for the Sun Series wall lamp by Arnout Meijer. © Erik & Petra Hesmerg

Thanks for the Sun Series wall lamp by Arnout Meijer

Thanks for the Sun Series wall lamp by Arnout Meijer. © Erik & Petra Hesmerg

Thanks for the Sun Series wall lamp by Arnout Meijer

Thanks for the Sun Series wall lamp by Arnout Meijer. © Erik & Petra Hesmerg

Thanks for the Sun Series by Arnout Meijer

Thanks for the Sun Series by Arnout Meijer. © Arnout Meijer Studio

46020 ft³ cyaan/yellow by Arnout Meijer

46020 ft³ cyaan/yellow by Arnout Meijer in Vizcaya Museum Miami

46020 ft³ cyaan/yellow by Arnout Meijer

46020 ft³ cyaan/yellow by Arnout Meijer in Vizcaya Museum Miami. © Arnout Meijer Studio

46020 ft³ cyaan/yellow by Arnout Meijer

46020 ft³ cyaan/yellow by Arnout Meijer in Vizcaya Museum Miami. © Arnout Meijer Studio

336 m³ blue/orange by Arnout Meijer

336 m³ blue/orange by Arnout Meijer. © Gert Jan van Rooij. © Arnout Meijer Studio

336 m³ blue/orange by Arnout Meijer

336 m³ blue/orange by Arnout Meijer. © Gert Jan van Rooij