Thursday, 15 December 2011

The real Christmas lights

CBRE’s Architecture and Design division approached us earlier this year to create an innovative concept for their new headquarters in Henrietta Place. As part of the project we installed a sculptural lighting installation in the reception area (see our previous blog on this here). This was really well received and has become a great talking point, so we decided to help bring some Christmas cheer to visitors and CBRE employees by designing a bespoke Christmas animation sequence for the festive season.

The ambient animation consists of a number of sequences and is around 12 minutes in total. The aim was to create something vibrant and colourful without it being too garish or distracting. It seamlessly blends a series of seasonal images, including gently falling snowflakes, exploding fireworks, flickering candles, Christmas tree and baubles. Santa even puts in a brief appearance, complete with reindeers and sleigh.

The lighting installation is on permanent display in their main reception area and the Christmas animation will be running there until the new year.

Martin Lewis, Chief Operating Officer at CBRE had this to say: “Once again TTP has created an inspiring and visually appealing lighting installation, and it is an imaginative conversion of well trodden images into a fresh format that catches people’s attention.”

Ben Jackson, who created the sequence adds: "This was a fun and unusual project to work on, after all, it's not every day that we get to create something more as abstract art than functional design. The LED tile displays are perfect for a more ambient kind of animation - whilst lacking in the crisp detail of a TV screen, they convey movement and colour really well and I tried to take advantage of that with various sequences that convey some of the fun and 'sparkle' of Christmas."

You can see a section of the sequence above (or visit their headquarters to see it yourself).

1 comment:

Peter North said...

what a really clever design, these are really impressive I imagine the draw a lot of attention. I have seen some think a little similar at UK Christmas World but is was using light sensitive liquids in a frame. They would refract and reflect light to make the light change color in a wave motion.

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