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The latest lighting design innovation is at London Design Festival

Interviewing Flynn Talbot, the author of the installation everyone’s talking about


Flynn Talbot, lighting designer classe 1981, australiano trasferito a Londra da parecchi anni, ha realizzato Reflection Room tra le mura del V&A Museum di Londra in occasione del London Design Festival.

In the evocative Prince Consort Gallery, within the walls of the V&A Museum, visitors will admire a spectacular and immersive installation with coloured lights that aims at being a true sensorial experience for everyone. The author is Flynn Talbot, a lighting designer born in 1981, originally from Australia but living in London since a long time. We met with him to talk about his ambitious project.

(Credit: Edmund Sumner) 

Lines of LED lights by Tryka next to 56 shiny black Barrisol panels. Where does this idea come from?

I wanted to find a way to create a scenic effect that would amaze the public. As people walk into the room, lights become brighter. Barrisol is a unique material. It’s a really thin and flexible membrane that can be extended on a light aluminum loom.


Prince Consort Gallery never hosted an installation before…

Yes, true. And visitors surely did not know about this space. I feel lucky to be the one who brought it back to life. It will look like a bright and colourful chapel that will highlight the stunning existing architecture.


Is this also a green project?

Yes, it is. Each Barrisol panel was produced in France and shipped to the V&A Museum specifically for the occasion. Once the London Design Festival will be over, it will be brought back to a factory to be reused. I hold environmental issues in high regard and I found myself quite aligned with the firm. 

(Credit: Edmund Sumner) 

The aim of this installation is to use light to create experiences and to build a connection between people and places. How do you do it?

By working on different colourful projects, I found two nuances that I particularly like: light blue, which suggests calm and serenity and orange, warm and intense. The combination of these two creates a truly sensational effect and it will fill people’s lives with colour.


It almost sounds like a futuristic experience. Talking about future, what do think it will happen in the design sector in the upcoming years?

Instead of forecasting, I’d simply like my hopes to become true. I hope that people will get closer to design and that they would develop their most human side through it. 

(Credit: Edmund Sumner) 


The installation is open from Saturday, 16th September until Sunday, 24th September inside Prince Consort Gallery, Room 10, in the V&A Museum, from 10 am to 5.30 pm. 




by Valentina Mariani / 29 September 2017


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