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Junya Ishigama on the cover of the October 2019 issue of Azure Magazine. The Innovators Issue.
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Visitors were ushered through a Zen-like garden with a white pebble walkway, then into a small waiting area with walls covered in foliage and dozens of square Lumiotec OLED lights, which hung off the vegetation like bobbles on a Christmas tree.

Every few minutes two or three visitors were led into the next room by a couple of men in grey suits and wearing white gloves. It was hard to tell, at first, how large or small the room was because all four walls were covered in mirrors. Tree-like forms assembled from OLED fixtures illuminated the interior, giving the impression that you were standing within a virtual forest that went on infinitely in every direction.

Beautiful and surreal, the installation, titled Forest of Evolution, was created by Italian designer Naohiko Mitsui of Triumph Design and Consulting Inc., and lighting design company Pollice Illuminazione. Their goal was to show off just how luminous OLEDs can be, and to lead viewers from an all-natural environment to a completely synthetic one. Mitsui, former director of Mario Bellini studio, made his tree lights out of OLED panels measure only 2.3-millimetres in thickness.

Lumiotec is one of a handful of new manufacturers investing heavily in OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes), the relatively new technology that’s starting to replace LEDs in such products as television screens, computer monitors and cellphones. The technology has a number of advantages over other lighting, including being more energy efficient and free of ultraviolet rays. Earlier this year, the Japanese company launched 10 OLED panel options for integrating into interior design projects, available in two colour types: lamp lighting and natural white.

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