16. Oct 2015

Kinetura stands for the natural dynamic of light and product design

Kinetura is a new name in the world of lighting. The creative minds behind the concept are Barbara Van Biervliet and Xaveer Claerhout. They understand their design as the next dimension in lighting, where light modulation and physical transformation go hand in hand – in fact going back to the roots of natural lighting: a silent, flexible metamorphosis where light radiates a natural dynamic and gains an organic dimension.

Barbara Van Biervliet and Xaveer Claerhout understand design as being transformative and responsive. This can be taken literally: objects and architecture that physically adapt to the needs of the moment. Rigid, straight lines bend to achieve other shapes with a different lighting functionality. The objects seem to communicate with the onlooker, and flexibility is the key. Kinetura is based on the concept that the future of design and architecture will be kinetic and smart. Sustainable lighting technologies, such as LED and OLED, need to be embedded in a digital environment. A merely static approach to the design of lighting fixtures and architecture is no longer sufficient to exploit the maximum potential that smart lighting control systems and digital light sources offer. Metamorphic design is essentially organic in that it incorporates a fourth dimension: change. Transformative materials, multi-functionality, circadian light rhythms and the creation of different scenarios are the new drivers of this concept. Virtual and physical reality finally meet and determine the next creative steps to be taken. Digital data will merge with flexible beauty. Over the next few years we will see the lighting market coming to life – this time irreversibly. Barbara Van Biervliet and Xaveer Claerhout’s product designs are derived from these concept ideas.

Santiago: Interactive wall and ceiling luminaire
Imagine a wall or a ceiling with a simple glowing line cut into it from which sufficient light for orientation radiates. When more light or focused light is required, the surface bends inwards to emit more light. This transformation happens in a silent, smooth way, as in nature. The metamorphosis of shape and light subtly adds a new dimension to the space. Thanks to its shallow recess depth and the opportunities it offers in the way of control, both in simple electrical installations as well as in home automation systems, this new multifunctional luminaire – Santiago – lends itself to numerous applications. The flexible panel, which can be painted, enables the seamless integration of light and architecture.

New York: the metamorphosis of a table lamp
Transformation and change are the essence of nature. Think of the sun that offers us ever-changing patterns of light and shadow during the day, essential for our well-being. In its “passive” state New York takes the form of a rigid, closed lighting fixture, so discreet that it can almost be overlooked. The luminaire responds to touch, but its responsive character goes beyond touchsensitivity. It has an interactive mode: an invisibly integrated eye senses presence and opens up to emit light. New York also has a ‘breathing’ mode, which involves continuous cycles of slowly opening and closing, adding a calming, dynamic dimension to the space.

Cordoba and Tokyo
Cordoba features curves set in a frame and opens slowly, emitting welcoming light. Tokyo delivers light like a rising sun, slowly caressing the circular form of the housing. These larger fixtures can be recessed or surface-mounted on walls or ceilings, or installed as pendant luminaires. Cordoba and Tokyo merge light modulation and physical transformation and add a new, dynamic dimension to space: life.

Kinetura was founded by Xaveer Claerhout, who has a background in Art History and Architecture, together with Barbara Van Biervliet, a civil engineer and architect. Today Kinetura comprises a multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, product developers, sales and marketing people, who all like to think out of the box.


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