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Follow the Light: Lamp Animation With Lightexture

Mar 9, 2010

by Tara Young

After coming across one of Lightexture‘s incredible lighting animations I decided to find out a little more about the duo behind these luminous wonders. I asked Yael Ere and Avner Ben Natan to tell me a bit about themselves, their Lightexture collaboration and their dazzling illumination. Here’s what they had to say…

Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Avner: I was born in Israel in 1974, and now I live and work with Yael in a studio apartment on the Lower East Side of New York.Avner.jpg I’ve been writing Hebrew poetry and screenplays and also doing lighting for films since high school. In 2006 I moved to New York to be with Yael. She’s an architect and designer, and we started designing lamps together. We inspire each other and contribute to the work from different directions, which keeps us motivated.

About a year after I started working with Yael we met the ceramic artist Sharan Elran and began collaborating with him on creating and inventing ceramic fixtures and chandeliers. It’s beautiful for me to see how the many components that we bring to the table combine in the finished product. As for writing, in the recent years I have composed music for some of the poetry I wrote, and I’m more busy these days singing, recording and arranging my work.
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Yael: I am an architect — I teach architecture at Pratt Institute and also taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Columbia University and Cooper Union. I was born in Israel and my mom is an artist, art history teacher and a poet. I was very much influenced by my mom to go towards the arts, while my father’s business background inspired my architectural direction. I see architecture as the mother of all arts — it is the largest scale form of art.

Avner and I were in the same class in high school and reconnected fifteen years later. Our relationship began when we were in very different creative focuses, and only a few years later we started to collaborate on the creation of lights and spaces. Our partnership is extending each of our sensibilities to unexpected zones.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Avner: I still work occasionally as a lighting designer or as a lighting assistant for films and television. I’m also in a band and lately I’ve been busy recording our music.

Yael: Most of what I do is creative to some degree; I’m a practicing architect and I teach architecture, which sets the stage for the development and creativity of my students. I am also part of the King Dancer band with Avner.

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Please describe your work and your creative process.

Avner: There are many parts to my work. I design with my partners, and I consider myself responsible for the lighting properties, the electrical aspects and some of the ideas. Then I put everything together with my hands and tools: clay pieces by Sharan, kitchenware, hardware parts and lighting components I find on the Internet.

Yael: As Avner described, we work as a team. I mostly contribute from the design point of view, involved in design, drawings, concept, installation planning and all of the graphic design aspects. We develop our ideas together, usually Avner and Sharan physically construct the pieces. When we develop ideas about new adventures we either begin through building a mockup, a prototype, or developing sketches and drawings and improve from there. I build sketch models to explore ideas — materials vary based on the project at hand from computer generated models, plasteline clay to hammered sheet metal and ready-made parts.

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95 comments

  • TheShabbyChicCottage

    TheShabbyChicCottage said 6 years ago

    Very, very cool!

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 6 years ago

    A different way to look at lamps, how wonderful!

  • jezek

    jezek said 6 years ago

    love all of SoftDecor!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 6 years ago

    very cool!!

  • missindie

    missindie said 6 years ago

    wow! these are so magical!

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, gorgeous, amazing! Thank you for the feature!

  • agoodvintage

    agoodvintage said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous lamps!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    I just checked out Softdecor and that's my favorite lighting shop on Etsy. very intelligent artsy pieces that function as lighting structures!

  • PoisonApplePotions

    PoisonApplePotions said 6 years ago

    Wow this stuff is awesome! Keep up the wonderful work. I think I need one for myself

  • kissavintagedesign

    kissavintagedesign said 6 years ago

    So magical! Great piece, thanks!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 6 years ago

    Oooh, beautiful!

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 6 years ago

    It's a kind of magic!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    Wonderful designs! I enjoyed reading about the collaboration of these two artists!

  • clearcat

    clearcat said 6 years ago

    awesome! thanks! :)

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 6 years ago

    OMG these light fixtures are amazing.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Interesting and magical!! Very cool!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 6 years ago

    wow, very cool!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 6 years ago

    Amazing!

  • svitrolica

    svitrolica said 6 years ago

    Oh, this is just breathtaking!!

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 6 years ago

    Excellent! Congratulations to Yael Ere and Avner Ben Natan on such beautiful creations of light. Lovely finds, thank you!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 6 years ago

    wonderful!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    You two, have the coolest creations. Inspiring story.

  • riorita

    riorita said 6 years ago

    My state of mind has always been rather dependent on lighting. Yael and Avner are creators of magic!

  • RedFenyx

    RedFenyx said 6 years ago

    The video is so fun!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 6 years ago

    So cool!

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 6 years ago

    so awesome

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Your lighting is marvelous!

  • LBrandt

    LBrandt said 6 years ago

    i LOVE this!!! I am a freak when it comes to lighting.

  • esdesigns

    esdesigns said 6 years ago

    That's amazing- those lampshades looked familiar, and I couldn't figure out where I'd seen them at first, then I realized I have something like that in my kitchen for steaming vegetables! Very innovative.

  • febejstudio

    febejstudio said 6 years ago

    I would love to have one for my house that did that... lol be very romantic..;)

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    A great partnership in lighting design!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    Wow.. that is super cool... love the patterns.. and the light/shade effect on the wall!! :)

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits said 6 years ago

    This is so cool. Such talent!!

  • reinaldovalentin

    reinaldovalentin said 6 years ago

    I love the video... its kind of giving me flashbacks! hahahaha

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    AMAZING! This video is great! It's amazing how light simply transforms. Thanks for sharing- wonderful work!

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoopork said 6 years ago

    yay! for functional art!!! love it :)

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 6 years ago

    I think he should sell the photos - they're beautiful too!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Claudia is right, the photos stand alone. This is great!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Cool lights!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 6 years ago

    I love that-sharing the link!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Love the creativity of the video, as well as the cool lighting!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 6 years ago

    these guys are amazing! so different!! love it! Thank you Tara!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 6 years ago

    Lighting made a difference in the Film Noir genre, Since the villian or unknown menace had his or her face half veiled in shadows and secrecy. Lighting is a key element when a filmmaker creates his art on film. There are so many different angles for that special effect. Lighting can also be effective for moods such as restaurants and theater productions, This film featured in this article with the lighting sequences and creativity are fascinating

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 6 years ago

    Very unique and interesting...thanks for sharing this with us!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 6 years ago

    Amazing and gorgeous! I love the lamps by OrlyMyLight: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28136047

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 6 years ago

    Amazing and Gorgeous! I love this lamp by OrlyMyLight: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28136047

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Lighting is everything...fabulous...incredible work.

  • SiamOriental

    SiamOriental said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous lamps

  • LafesHiddenTreasures

    LafesHiddenTreasures said 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Wonderful and magic!!

  • Wound

    Wound said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Wasn't aware of all Etsy could encompass!

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 6 years ago

    WOW! Those are stunning. I haven't come across a whole lot of lighting shops on here, but there is one shop that I found through Pounce a while back that had some lamps that I really liked. http://www.etsy.com/shop/functionalform

  • modadimagno

    modadimagno said 6 years ago

    Fabulous work!

  • InspiringColors

    InspiringColors said 6 years ago

    amazing!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    Magnificent!

  • InspiringColors

    InspiringColors said 6 years ago

    עבודות מדהימות!

  • SiuTing1108

    SiuTing1108 said 6 years ago

    light sculptures !!!!!!

  • NaturalVibesJewelry

    NaturalVibesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Those are some of the most beautiful lights I've ever seen. I've looked on etsy before for anyone who makes interesting twinkle like lights for my studio. :) How artistic and creative! Cool article etsy!

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Very unique! lovely!

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms said 6 years ago

    I heart chandeliers! But hubby thinks they are trashy :( I'll have to show him this article to change his mind!

  • HempWhatNot

    HempWhatNot said 6 years ago

    WHOA! That video is confusing. The light reminds me of the angel the little grinch made for martha may in how the grinch stole xmas. The remake. Grinch was played by jim carry.

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    so stuning ans unique

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 6 years ago

    I discovered this store some time ago, and I'm really impressed, absolutely stunning and unique works!!!

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 6 years ago

    Amazing what just the right lighting can do for any room but these are "true pieces of art" which even makes Etsy's finds so much more unique than any store bought item! Thank you for the great finds here.

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 6 years ago

    These are so unique and beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Awesome!!!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 6 years ago

    I love this lamp!!! Fantastic shop.

  • madmodiste

    madmodiste said 6 years ago

    I love how light creates patterns on the walls. I can imagine using the produced light pattern as a basis for fabric design, or wall covering. I would like to mimic some of that pattern into my interior design elements. Very cool!

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 6 years ago

    Very cool! I could use some of those lamps in my cob home!

  • Edin

    Edin said 6 years ago

    i love this! So innovative. And I do love lighting as a design feature. I also design lights: http://www.etsy.com/shop/edin

  • JoshUrsoDesign

    JoshUrsoDesign said 6 years ago

    Thank you for talking about lighting design! There are many wonderful shops on etsy that feature imaginative and gorgeous lighting designs and you highlighted some of the best. Nice work.

  • maryzeran22

    maryzeran22 said 6 years ago

    I thought this was very interesting and very timely. I have been thinking a lot about lighting/ good lighting. Although, I am painting, I come from a jewelry/ metalworking tradition, and the way these folks think was real nourishment for creative soul! I love how they have so many creative outlets. And...I am really interested in the pattern the light makes, and the found object aspect of their creations.

  • mia09

    mia09 said 6 years ago

    Interesting article! Light is essential to any art form and here it becames a form of art in itself! Inspiring and beautiful creations! Would be nice to have some of these outlets specifically made to enhance the display of my jewelry at shows! I believe that other jewelry artists would be interested in this idea too. Great creations!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    I love! it its true art, especially the pictures! http://www.saintesmariesjewelry.etsy.com

  • Horticopia

    Horticopia said 6 years ago

    I found this cool light shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/celina29 Lovely work :)

  • CalisArtStudio

    CalisArtStudio said 6 years ago

    What beautiful lamps! Gorgeous! Maybe these have been listed already, but I love this stained glass: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14810837 And these paper lamps are fun: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23892595

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 6 years ago

    What a fun, magical world! Love the pictures.

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 6 years ago

    wonderful minds and beautiful creations! so happy i read this.

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow, this is so cool!

  • JewishPapercuts

    JewishPapercuts said 6 years ago

    yoffi shel avodah! Kol HaKavod!

  • PressOnSister

    PressOnSister said 6 years ago

    So little regard goes into the lighting of homes and work. Not so for me--all my lamps are treasures. Yael & Sharan's combination of light and movement in their lighting creations are incredible. It is obvious they are of having fun!

  • reiddamnit

    reiddamnit said 6 years ago

    beautiful

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    what a great use for those metal steamers. very creative recycling.

  • lightexture

    lightexture said 6 years ago

    Thank you for all your comments and support. Avner and Yael.

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 6 years ago

    Just beautiful creations!

  • jdfootloose

    jdfootloose said 6 years ago

    Very Cool! One of my favorite lamp shops is lampgoods.etsy.com

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 6 years ago

    very interesting,super cool!

  • MoMuertos

    MoMuertos said 6 years ago

    Incredibly cool and unique!

  • ButterflyOfTelepathy

    ButterflyOfTelepathy said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • threepeats

    threepeats said 6 years ago

    Love the term lightexture!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Interesting!

  • SkyDreams

    SkyDreams said 6 years ago

    coolest evah!

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