UM Project Gives the Maypole a Modern-Day Makeover for Reclaim NYC
After an impossibly long and cold winter, it’s fitting that one of the pieces on display at the upcoming Reclaim 3 exhibit is an ode to spring and renewal. But the Maypole created by whimsical furniture designer UM Project is no ordinary ribbon around a stick.
Inspired by the charitable spirit that drives Reclaim NYC — which started out in 2012 as a way for the design community to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims — UM Project founder Francois Chambard teamed up with the High School of Art & Design to create an interactive installation that combines folk custom with modern-day technology.
Their Maypole of the future features sixteen lamps arranged around a center staff. The lights are new renditions of UM Project’s lauded Craft System, a series of playful, robot-shaped beacons that made their debut at another annual event, Wanted Design. The sleek, all-white lamps are connected by vibrant, cloth-covered cords that evoke ribbons and they light up at varying speeds and intensities to mimic dancing.
Check out all the cool projects at Reclaim 3: Carte Blanche beginning May 15th.
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