A Merry ‘Kiss’mas

November 23rd, 2010



I know it's a bit early to be writing about Christmas, seeing as it is not yet Thanksgiving, but I came across an article today for an exhibit in London that I just had to pass along. If you've ever doubted the power of a kiss, a cheeky installation called KISS by the Paul Cocksedge Studio attests to its energy. A single kiss lights the 50,000 red and white LED lights adorning the 50 ft Christmas tree set in London's Covent Garden. As a coy play on an old tradition, each person takes hold of the mistletoe and when they kiss, the electric circuit is complete. It's a fun way to spur interaction and a communal festive spirit, but it's also a more sustainable way to power our infatuation with Christmas lights, since it is only lit by a kiss rather than continuously. Each kiss is recorded and counts toward donations to The Prince's Trust youth charity by sponsors and kissing couples. Leave it to the Brits to need a charity to legitimize showing a bit of affection in public, but I have to admit, its quite a clever idea. The festivities at Covent Garden include a Christmas Market, love-inspired sweets and savories, a reindeer petting zoo, performances each Thursday by top London choirs with love and Christmas themed music, and even a 'Fancy a Kiss' event for singles out there looking to join in on the action. (thank you!)



Design partners Paul Cocksedge and Joana Pinho are fast becoming one of the UK's most acclaimed young design firms. This is the second installation of this type, the first of which was unveiled at the Milan LED (Light Exhibition Design) in 2009. The studio specializes in the use of technology to create interactive and unique installations, public interventions, and interior objects. Visit the Paul Cocksedge Studio website for videos and images of their past projects.

Caroline Engel for Danish Teak Classics

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