During Dutch Design Week 2011, Mieke Meijer presented task light ‘Balance’ as part of the exhibition ‘Untouchables’ by Dutch Invertuals.
Starting point for the exhibition was the sense that we live in a rapidly changing world, a world where past securities are fading. Insecurity and sometimes discomfort are the result. Privacy and liberty are traded for safety. The Invertuals were asked to derive inspiration, ask questions and maybe even provide answers from this idea.
Mieke Meijer’s respons to the theme was that finding the right balance is the key. Action and reaction have to be proportional but not always equal and opposite. When researching balance and equilibrium an image that kept appearing was the static diagram of a tower crane.
Since industrial structures are a reoccurring theme in Mieke Meijer’s work, the static equilibrium of a tower crane became the blueprint for the ‘Balance’ light. She translated the theme of vulnerability into a lamp that consists of two balancing wooden posts connected by a single wire.
The result is a LED lamp which combines high bright LED technology with tactile materialization. The
unique advantages of LED like low voltage drive, small volume, light weight and long life have been
sympathetically applied in the design.
LEDs are hidden within the horizontal post. Over the entire length of both posts a brass strip conducts the
low voltage current. When the brass strips touch, the electrical circuit is closed and the light turns on. A
bright colored electrical wire connects the two wooden sticks and creates a balance. The lamp is
adjustable by sliding the horizontal post and can be switched on and off by turning it or by laying it
The combination of the different elements used in the design gives this lamp an archetypal, almost
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