The Floating Column by Space A @ VitrA
Our starting point was to celebrate a rainbow of emotions in space. We loved the idea of using colour to create something that had an impact in the space's tall 5m ceilings. We were inspired by the form of flowing, overlapping and looped strips of textile weaving and enjoyed the joyful mix of shades demonstrated by artists like Annie Albers. We loved the idea of an elongated, radial piece that both resembled a floating classical column but also a grand chandelier. The piece is fabricated from a material that is used everyday (in the home) and generally taken for granted : toilet roll. As a material it is infamous for its impact on global deforestation and more specifically its role in the 'panic buying' sprees that took place at the start of the Covid -19 lockdowns. But by showcasing this taboo product we wanted it to be a 'joyful beacon' calling to arms a collective wave of action to question its role in our 21st century homes, offices and public spaces.