The work of David Lee, the creative mind behind “I Am Not David Lee Studio,” embodies the spirit of creative exploration. His project, ‘The Ugly Ducting,’ is a fascinating fusion of inspiration and reinvention. This extraordinary lighting design draws inspiration from two unexpected sources – the basic element of drawing, or what many might refer to as “scribbling,” and an everyday household item, the humble “duct hose.”
The end result is a captivating display of uneven lines, radiating with light, as if they’ve leapt out of a sketchbook to take on a 3D form. The bright, surreal “scribbling lines” transform into a fixture, seemingly floating in mid-air. The impression it conveys is that of an artist’s sketch given a tangible, luminous life of its own.
The fixture carefully cradles the duct hoses, and from certain angles, it appears as if the lines are defying gravity. It’s an exploration of the ordinary made extraordinary, a testament to the artist’s ability to see art in the most commonplace objects.
Born in David Lee’s experimental center, ‘The Ugly Ducting‘ is not just a standalone piece of art; it’s a prototype. It’s the first step in the development of an extended series of lamp designs that revolve around the theme of lines and ducting. It is a testament to the studio’s commitment to innovation and evolution, as they continue to explore the boundaries of design and functionality.
David Lee’s work often defies conventional labels, but that’s what makes it so captivating. He describes himself as a “jack-of-all-trades,” and his creations are a testament to his wide-ranging skills. His works often involve deconstructing functional items, giving them a new perspective, and a new lease on life. He’s the amateur plumber, carpenter, and electrician, pretending to be a professional craftsman. His creations are the playful conversation between the old and the new, the mundane and the magical.
‘The Ugly Ducting‘ is a reminder that art and innovation can emerge from the most unexpected places and materials. In the hands of a visionary like David Lee, even an everyday duct hose can become a source of wonder and inspiration.
Photo Credit: Tsang Photography