Philadelphia, USA
Mobius Light
Benjamin Gillespie

Light imagined, for uncertain times

Q. What does it mean to create or be creative at a time of uncertainty? 
Benjamin: Oddly enough, the uncertainty has given me calm. This entire situation has made me realize how much is out of my control. Putting things on hold, and instead focusing on what I can control has been a huge motivation to flesh out new ideas.
I see this time as an opportunity to experiment with new work - 

which I find calming.

Q. Tell us about your piece from the exhibit
Benjamin: The Mobius is an LED-based looped sculptural light. I have found that the glow emitted by LEDs is often unbalanced as the light faces a single direction that creates a dark region opposite the lit side. With that realization, the goal of this design was to create a continuous shape that evenly disperses LED-based light to the surrounding space. As a loop, the light spans uninterrupted within a set volume. Additionally, the Mobius was formed by a technique referred to as freeform bent lamination. This technique allows for twists within the loop, which further helps move the light evenly about the surrounding space. Using bent lamination, the ultimate shape of the Mobius is the resulting balance between the curvature or twist that produces the desired light balance and the physical bending limit of the wooden material.

Q. What is your present state of mind?
Benjamin: With everything going on, it's easy to get wrapped up in fears and unsettling thoughts. That said, I've tried to take this time as an opportunity to clear my head. The unprecedented shut down we are all experiencing makes me realize how much is out of my/our control. Therefore, I have put aside many 'busy' things in an attempt to re-focus solely on what I still have within my control which helps me stay positive.

companions / chair, Voukenas petrides & light, Ovuud


Ovuud is owned and operated by Benjamin Gillespie - a lighting and furniture designer based in Philadelphia, PA, USA The stylistically pure aesthetic of Ovuud flows naturally from Benjamin's background in carpentry, engineering, and metalworking. The primary focus of Ovuud is to utilize natural materials in combination with next-generation lighting technology to its fullest potential, thereby unlocking new approaches to how a light can look, feel, and function.