Golden Gate Bridge

When The Lights Turn on In The City.

I’va always been a fan of artists that work directly with light. In an ambitious undertaking, artist Leo Villareal is working on a piece that will debut early next year in San Francisco to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Bay Lights” will use over 25,000 energy efficient, white LED lights,strung over a mile and a half in length, with a vertical height of more than five hundred feet. Interestingly the lights will only be seen by people not on the bridge itself. I love San Francisco, and now I have a reason to visit sometime after the first of the year.

Below are two short films showing artist renderings of what the final light sculpture will look like.

The Bay Lights artist Leo Villareal orchestrates complex, rhythmic artwork composed exclusively of points of light; his groundbreaking work is included in the permanent collection of major museums worldwide.

Inspired by a Bridge. Sayl On.

When I first saw Yves Behar’s  Sayl chair designed for Herman Miller, I fell in love with it. And after, spending some time sitting in it, I was blown away by the comfort that good design and thoughtful engineering provides.

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The chair was originally inspired by the engineering of the Golden Gate suspension bridge, and that inspiration led Behar to design the Sayl chair for maximum support and flexibility while using a minimal amount of materials. Rather than using a material that a wrap around frame would require, Behar used a center vertical support with a patterned mesh, which created a 3-D intelligent back that has different degrees of tension for each part of your back. This meant that Behar used less material, which cost less, and still remained extremely comfortable.In addition the Sayl chair is 93% recyclable and is certified Cradle to Cradle Silver. This elegant solution is a wonderful example of the beauty that can come from designing for less.

And on top of it all, it is a fun experience designing your own Sayl chair. You can choose from different colors for the frame, and different types of fabrics and chair types. I designed my chair 5 different times (with various bold colors), before finally settling on classic gray and black.

For more information, Herman Miller has a wonderful website that talks about the design process with a great series of images, and videos here.