Nanonymph 2 (2010), Stefan Lindfors
Marco Melander Nanonymph 2 (2010), Stefan Lindfors

"Light Works," a compelling collection of illuminated three-dimensional works that blur the boundaries between art and design, lighting and sculpture is the newest project from Stefan Lindfors. The versatile Finnish designer, artist, architect, and filmmaker, whose resumé includes projects for Alessi, Iittala, Marimekko, Nokia, and Vitra, has been experimenting with light since the beginning of his career (launched in 1988 when Ingo Maurer produced Lindfors's Scaragoo lamp.) "Light Works," however, is Lindfor's first work in which a sculpture encloses an integrated light source. Inside the semi-translucent forms, which are fabricated from welded steel and fiberglass, Lindfors has installed a series of LEDs that make up chains of organic forms.

The inspiration for the collection came to the 49-year-old designer in 2009, when the well-known photographer Nan Goldin bought one of Lindfors's sculptures and wanted it fitted with LEDs. Lindfors, intrigued by the idea, ultimately arrived at "Light Works"-a project in which he uses light to give each sculpture its own identity. All nine of the one-of-a-kind pieces are currently on view at Material ConneXion's ( New York headquarters at 60 Madison Ave. through July 8th.