Sylvia Lee Launches First Light Product at DesignTO 2020

Sylvia Lee, glass designer and Creative Director of Jeff Goodman Studio is launching her first lighting product entitled Daydream Under the Penny Vine, at DesignTO 2020.

The luminescent wall lighting system is inspired by the copper penny and a silver coin vine, and glows in a palette of delicate greens and pinks.

“I wanted this to be scalable for designers and architects to be able to layer and have vines project into their space. For this DesignTO installation, I chose a subtle palette, but we could layer infinite glass colours and metal finishes in any configuration.”

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Joining the light is the Daydream Stool, an illuminated sculptural seat hand carved from Temple Glass, a cast glass product developed by Lee’s studio.

The glass designer installed ‘Daydream Under the Penny Vine’ in the studio window of gh3* architects on a gritty urban thoroughfare. Gently lit, the new products offer a moment of childhood curiosity and respite as commuters walk past.

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The wall mounted lighting system is available in multiple lengths, each cantilevered on delicate copper ‘vines’.

Each ‘leaf’ is an illuminated opal glass orb and organized in satin copper strands of 3, 5, 8 or 13 lights. Lee ensured the proportions were in line with the Fibonacci sequence, akin to the Golden Mean or nature’s divine mathematical proportion.

“For my inspiration, I’m always fascinated by vernacular, obsolete objects. The Silver Coin Vine plant started a thought process about coins and specifically pennies, which are not used anymore. I envisioned this copper strand light with simple, coin shaped leaves,” says Lee.

Photo Credit: Eugen Sakhnenko
Photo Credit: Eugen Sakhnenko

The theme of obsolete objects continues from her work in past exhibitions, which were inspired by simple paper file folders and an abacus.

The installation will also include a translucent, hand carved stool cast from Temple Glass, a product invented by her studio, titled the Daydream Stool. The stool cast is part light, part sculpture and part furniture piece, with a soft, hand finished surface like a pebble that’s been formed in a river.

Passersby will come upon a small glowing ball under lit strands of illuminated leaves. Lee says, “I want viewers to experience a moment of departure in their urban commute’.

Daydream Under the Penny Vine will debut in the window of gh3* Architects at 55 Ossington Ave until February 2, 2020.

Photo Credit: Eugen Sakhnenko