Text by Viveka van de Vliet
Furniture designer Jesse Visser took part in the exhibition Enlightened Design III during the London Design Festival 2018 in the Olympia Room together with Marc de Groot, Jacqueline Harberink, Alex Groot Jebbink, and Margaret van Bekkum.
Jesse Visser presents imposing monumental limited editions: triptychs – of which the largest is 1.65 meters high and 2.30 meters wide – that resemble autonomous art pieces but turn out to be functional lighting designs.
The huge narrative works suggest triptychs with wood-painted panels from a medieval church but are contemporary and daring statements of solid high-polished brass and stainless-steel plates. Behind the folding shutters lie reflective panels with a round circular lights or, in the other version, two tube lights that shed and reflect an atmospheric light.
In his search for new production techniques and innovative materials, Visser has developed a preference for tactile materials in which the processing of the surface plays a role. Similar to the anodisation of aluminium, stainless steel and brass are made high-gloss in collaboration with specialized companies.
In addition to this intensive finishing technique, detailing in Visser’s work is just as important. For example, for this modern triptych, the designer developed solid turned hinges of brass or stainless steel with which the hatches can be opened.
According to the designer, the functional lighting artwork is not finished until a user performs the required action: the opening and closing of the shutters.
In addition to these monumental works, the furniture and lighting designer presents his bright and robust lamps that were recently included in the Hollands Licht collection: the golden chandelier and wall lamp from the King Arthur series of laser-cut aluminium form minimalist translations of a medieval chandelier.