OE Quasi Light by Olafur Eliasson for Louis Poulsen

September 2019
When you hear that the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has designed a new pendant light for Danish brand Louis Poulsen, you know the result will be something mesmerising. The OE Quasi Light uses geometry to shape light, with two contrasting geometric shapes nesting inside one another. The outer layer, a rigid aluminium frame, is an icosahedron (a form possessing 20 faces and 12 vertices), while the inner layer is a dodecahedron (12 faces and 20 vertices) seemingly floating inside, reflecting the light
in a spherical light distribution. Bright LED lights are embedded at the vertices of the aluminium icosahedron, directing the light towards the lamp’s core, a white, pentagonal laminae made from polycarbonate. Eliasson’s concern for the emotional and physical effects of our surroundings is represented in this light’s complex geometric shape, perceived differently depending on where the observer stands, creating endless interpretations and perspectives. The geometric investigations he has pursued for years with his studio team stems from a desire to create alternatives to the dominant orthogonal thinking of modern architecture, art, and design, to find forms that can help counteract the numbing of our senses.