Azure in NYC: Matt Gagnon in NoHo

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California’s Matt Gagnon builds lamps on the fly in the front window of The Future Perfect design shop in NoHo.

Visitors to the NoHo Design District are seeing plenty of unexpected things during this year’s ICFF. Exhibit A: California-based product designer Matt Gagnon has been making lamps on the fly in the front window of The Future Perfect design store. It isn’t merely an hour-long special event – Gagnon is spending a full five days in the window, designing and constructing some 40 lamps.

Known as the Prototype Lamp, each creation is original, taking on a different shape and material. Beginning with a reconfigurable armature that adjusts the form, Gagnon wraps each piece with different types of string, cord and rope with the help of a machine that makes it look like he’s spinning yarn. The end result is an array of geometric fixtures that filter light in very different ways.

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