The magical Ripple light – by London’s Poetic Lab – comes to Toronto

Thrilling visitors to Toronto’s Avenue Road (on Eastern Avenue) is Ripple by London’s Poetic Lab. What exactly is Ripple? In the words of Poetic Lab: “Ripple is a moving light piece that expresses the beauty of the material glass, celebrating the process of it’s making. Each Ripple set contains a large rotating projection dome and a smaller light dome ensconcing the light source. A focussed beam of light projects from the lighting dome through both walls of the mouth-blown, unevenly shaped and gently rotating projection dome. This creates a play of shadow and light in an ever-changing, moving ripple pattern – beauty that goes beyond the material itself. Ripple is available in large and medium sizes and various surface finishes.”


Poetic Lab is a London-based joint studio founded by designer Hanhsi Chen and Shikai Tseng after they met and graduated from Royal College of Art in London. The duo shares a central design philosophy of the studio: the belief in the poetry of objects and materials. The duo acquired very diversed experiences before they decided to work together, which enables them to shape an object from multiple perspectives.

Chen and Tseng teamed up for an joint exhibition in SaloneSatellite 2013 called “Beyond Object,” where they showcased a collection of objects composed by light and shadows. The results were better than expected; they claimed winner of the design report award, and third prize of Salone Satellite Award, both with the project Glass Ripple. The success soon led to an dedicated decision of a permanent joint studio – Poetic Lab.

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Avenue Road in a furniture and home decor store, with locations in Toronto and New York. Located in Toronto’s Leslieville district, its its flagship showroom was designed by acclaimed interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg. The dramatic space spans over 15,000 square feet across three levels in what was formerly a Consumers Gas Co. building. The gallery-like new showroom incorporates dramatic contemporary features while maintaining the historic integrity of the this landmark building.

Avenue Road’s New York showroom is located in the city’s century-old flower-market district. The 5,000-square-foot showroom houses a decidedly distilled offering. Featured designers include Christophe Delcourt of Paris; Canadian-born, New York-based Yabu Pushelberg; and Dutch designers Marcel Wolterinck and Marlieke Van Rossum.

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