The giant sculptural lights, Space Frames, that are placed in and around Coal Drops Yard during the festive period are the work of Eindhoven-based design studio Mieke Meijer. The dynamic installation responds to the architecture of their Coal Drops Yard location, tracing the arches and mimicking the graphic outlines of coal drops industrial structures. The Space Frames act as design landmarks, drawing you towards and beneath them, and as beacons visible across the landscape of Coal Drops Yard,Granary Square and beyond.
Just as the reopened Coal Drops Yard is a celebration of industrial engineering, so the Space Frames are similarly inspired by the beauty of rigorous and functional industrial architecture: Roy Letterlé and Mieke Meijer of Studio Mieke Meijer cite the abandoned industrial buildings of their home town of Eindhoven as a direct influence on their work. The interior of the Space Frames is a light but strong aluminium skeleton made from an innovative modular system invented by Studio Mieke Meijer. The frames are covered in an industrial polyester fabric more commonly used in the aviation industry. Remarkably, all of the Space Frames are handmade by Studio Mieke Meijer in their workshop. “We didn’t just want to make a lamp, but more of a building system, from the same building block you can make a small object or a really large one” says Meijer. For Coal Drops Yard, Studio Mieke Meijer have demonstrated that very modularity and scaleability by super-sizing their sculptures.
The Space Frames festive installation will be open to the public from November 1st 2018 to January 6th 2019
The domestic version of the Space Frames can be seen at MDR Gallery on Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard.
Studio Mieke Meijer was founded by Mieke Meijer and Roy Letterlé. They work on self-initiated and commissioned projects from their workshop in Eindhoven. Constructive imagery, tangible materiality and tectonic detailing are the fundamentals of the studio’s strong and recognisable signature.
Meijer (Wezep, 1982) graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven. Letterlé (Kerkrade, 1978) studied structural engineering at PTH Eindhoven. Meijer and Letterlé both lecture
The Space Frames will be in place from 1st November until the end of the Christmas season. Space Frames for your home will also be on sale at the MDR Gallery on Lower Stable Street.