Whenever we talk about LEDs as an alternative to incandescent bulbs or CFLs, it typically becomes a conversation about efficiency and light quality. Very rarely have we discussed advanced light bulbs as things that can help make our home a more beautiful and relaxing place to be. But a new conceptualization of home lighting from a London design studio could help convince us that beauty and efficiency are more closely related than previously thought.

Troika is a London based studio founded by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel, who are widely known for art projects that provoke and employ a cross-disciplinary approach. Their latest installation is a mechanized, kinetic and grand LED chandelier, named Thixotropes, and it’s putting a new spin on efficient home furnishings.

As Gizmag points out in a recent review, Thixotropes isn’t a single, hulking mass like other chandeliers, but is actually eight “mechanized systems” of carbon, steel banding and LEDs which have been combined into chandeliers under two meters (around 6.5 feet) in diameter.

Similar to this wind-powered LED lamp, Thixotropes’ constructions continuously revolve around their own axis thereby materialising the path of the light and “dissolving the spinning structures into compositions of aerial cones, spheres and ribbons of warm and cold light while giving life and shape to an immaterial construct.”

Besides being beautiful, Thixotropes helps light the way toward the converging future of science, technology, and art. Will there soon be a time when we don’t separate one from the other because qualities of all three are present in our daily world? The designers of Troika think so: “Merging technology with their artistic practice, [our] moving structures explore the intersection of scientific thought, observation and human experience in a rational and rationalised world, and describes how logic and reason live in the presence of the metaphysical and surreal,” writes the team.

by Beth Buczynski