Interior designer and photographer Anna Wigandt presents a concept space that aims to stimulate and inspire people’s interest in the sciences. The Science Café and Library aims to combine informal and work environments to promote independent, gratifying learning.
In the name of engaging young students, Wigandt’s design proposes that the library-café’s walls be lined with a host of scientific books, from ones that explore biological and chemical engineering, to astronautics and shipbuilding.
Wigandt explains how Kepler’s heliocentrism-driven theory about the motions of the solar system, presented in Mysterium Cosmographicum, inspired the modular table featured in the project: ‘The geometrical basis of the universe represented by regular polygons bound in one inscribed and one circumscribed circle at definite ratios; this table is a projection of that model.’
The stand out component of Wigandt’s visualisation is the lustre, which is made from 408 test tubes and is aptly called Angewandte Chemie (German for applied chemistry.) The design takes on the conventional chandelier design and replaces the crystals with test tubes, illuminated by LEDs in shades of cognac and fushia and set in a rigid black metal frame.
During the concept project, Wigandt developed an appreciation for the beauty technological breakthroughs have to offer – ‘I came across a soviet magazine called Science and Life, which was first published in 1973. There was an interesting article about the first carbon filament lamp. I found their aesthetics breathtaking.’
‘I engineered some of my own to create a light fixture, but they’re considerably bigger in size than the dimensions of the tubes allow. Now this lighting product is hanging in a club called Tipografia 5 in Chisinau, Moldova.’
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