NEW YORK CITY, CENTER GALLERY / Lincoln Center
New York City, December 2006: The exhibition ‘Prototype, models and mock-ups physical tools in a digital age’ at the Center Gallery, Fordham University in Lincoln Center presents works, prototypes, and models by Antonio Pio Saracino, along with the work of other Architects and Designers.
The Prototypes of the Expanding Light, Adjustable Screen and Folded Table by Saracino are on display.
The Adjustable Screen can be configured to filter exterior light, divide a room or create an illuminated backdrop. The screen is composed of vertical rows of translucent fiberglass panels joined to each other with high-torque friction computer laptop hinges at their top and bottom edges. The panels can be manually adjusted to create accordion-like strips that filter light and create a dynamic zigzag sculptural form. The screen, by its kinetic interactive nature, redefines space and concepts of indoor/outdoor permeability.
The Expanding Light is composed of translucent fiberglass panels suspended on an acrylic tube. The fiberglass panels are loosely placed on the acrylic tube so that the location and density of the panels can be random, thus varying the amount of light emitted.
The central acrylic tube is internally illuminated with LED light. Due to of the nature of the fiberglass material used for the floating panels, this dynamic fixture can appear as a volume of suspended blurred light or as a glowing linear tube with vertical baffles, depending on what angle it’s viewed from.
The Folded Layer Table is composed of multiple thin layers of folded carbon-fiber sheets bonded together to form a micro-thin tabletop. The two layers of folded carbon fiber bonded together form a lightweight truss, increasing the sectional area of each single layer.
The tabletop is held aloft by sinuous tubular stainless steel legs that bend and cross to form a continuous saddle.