Neon Conduit by Michael Sillitoe
by sabine7 / March 30, 2010

Bespoke neon lighting of six metres in length almost gives the impression that it has always been part and parcel of a private residence. Designed by Michael Sillitoe, the pure white tubes highlight the three-dimensional details of the other architectural elements of the house.


The goal of the project was to use the light to highlight the existing geometry of the room.


Sillitoe was somewhat inspired by a previous lighting experience.

"I once saw an awkward shaped building having a power issue in Tokyo. Nestled between many others, its signs turned on and off every few minutes. When off, the store vanished, but the unique shape of it became even more dominant as the lights on the surrounding buildings seemed to divert to avoid its boundaries and highlight the forms."


"I contrasted the light sources common use, simplifying the colour to a pure white. Using the illumination and colour temperature rather than vivid colour to draw the awareness.

I was interested in marrying the three-dimensional detailing - usually harnessed for the purely pragmatic reason of making a circuit in neon - to an architectural yet intimate scale.

I often find the pragmatic the most beautiful."


Before going on to a full-scale replica of a section of the installation area to ensure accuracy in locating the tubes, a rapid-prototyped scale model of the corner of the room was used by the craftsmen.


The glass tubes, varying from 20mm- 30mm in diameter, were designed to fit in with the other elements of the room, so they take on a copper piping effect and make use of common mounting brackets.


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