Candela is an immersive installation that has been devised by a multi-disciplinary team comprising of product designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre.
The Tapestries Gallery is one of the darkest spaces in the V&A, due to the light sensitivity of the medieval textiles on display. A large rotary machine sits centrally, hovering just off the gallery floor. As the face of the machine revolves, it passes through a light source charging its surface, which emits this energy as after glow.
The continual revolution of the machine creates a perpetual ebb and flow of light patterns travelling across the structure. This rich layering effect plays with the memory of the phosphorescent material used on the dials by supporters Officine Panerai. The title of the installation, Candela, comes from the standard unit of luminous intensity: a common candle emits light with a luminous intensity of roughly one candela.