to set up light installations in locations where they can stir peoples
imagination and illuminate their surroundings anew.
The main concept for my light installations is design of repetitive geometric
shapes that can be found in nature, both on the micro and macro levels,
or in man-made objects, which purposefully interact with light and shadow.
I am fascinated by the idea of self-similarity, as in the phenomenon of
fractals, which is a key inspiration for my works.
The installations are site-specific for indoors or outdoors display.
The space they occupy directly influences the design, so that each installation
environmentally enhances the visual contents of its location. One of the
key elements in my work is the use of light as changeable expressive material.
The installations are intended for custom-made large-scale manufacture
for places such as parks, boutique hotels, high-end restaurants and residences.
Yuiko Kobayashi started her academic studies in 1993 at Kanazawa International
Design Institute (KIDI) in (http://www.kidi.ac.jp).
She earned her BFA in communication Design with academic
honors from Parsons School of Design in New York. After working as a graphic
designer she returned to Parsons to obtain her MA in Lighting Design,
winning the Richard Kelly Grant for 2001 (www.iesny.org).
later independent studies through work in the increasingly prospering
field of lighting-design and continuing education classes made it possible
for her to design and entirely manufacture her own work.
Currently working as a senior designer at Nulux
is constantly experimenting with new materials for her installations,
examining the phenomena of reflections of light as a function of different
textures. As of recent, aluminum has been her material of choice. Her
aim is to have her installations set up in specific sites where they can
stir people's imagination and illuminate their surroundings anew.