Omni “FIRE” A nocturnal glow wraps FIRE, as blue hue casts a lunar glow that is punctuated by the fiery shine of Nita’s Tube lights. Suspended from the ceiling like lightning bolts, they encircle a pile of “recycled” rocks, stones and wires that speak to the cycle of construction and deconstruction, and the reappropriation of resources. Showcasing designs by Nita and Eskayel, OMNI explores the intersection of man and environment through the deconstruction and reconstruction of the featured designs into the universe’s fundamental elements: fire, earth, air and water. Individually, the conversely traditional and unorthodox installations challenge perceptions and invite interpretation. As a whole, they illuminate human connections and honor nature as the ultimate source of all creation. Curated by Natalie Marie Gehrels of Studio OURUSE. Interstitial Element A temporary space subverts traditional ideas of exterior and interior at the same time it challenges the notion of creation as a fixed entity. “AIR” Radiating warm light, AIR embodies celestial energy, bridging OMNI’s diverse worlds. The space’s buoyant, womb-like frame — a lightweight, motion-sensitive sculpture crafted from plastic sheets that reference the effect and impact of man’s creations on nature — floats from the ceiling, draping boxes topped with a Nita’s XL and XXL lamps. “WATER” A multi-sensorial exploration, WATER centers around an original data visualization, projected on the ceiling, that compiles tidal chart data from eight points on the Earth’s map. Together, these points create an octahedron: one of the platonic solids that Plato hypothesized to be the basis for the classic elements. The data, which was gathered over eight days, is visualized by tiny particles that mimic the motion of the tide in each location if it were to reach a prescribed height. Adjacent points adjust their velocity and pressure (positions) accordingly, perpetuating a chain reaction that shifts the overall flow. The video continuously evolves over eight days, with its shade shifting from light to dark to represent the transition from day to night. It is set to an original ambient soundscape by John Paul Labno, characterized by the slow-moving, undulating motion of soundwaves through space combined with introspective improvisation. “EARTH” Thematically anchored by a collection of plants, EARTH is illuminated by Nita’s Switch Lamps, which are mounted on the wall in a grid form. The lamps’ data-controlled ignition is timed to create patterns connected to the “I Ching” hexagram, which assigns the respective shapes a cosmological meaning. On an adjacent wall, an Eskayel jacquard textile is deconstructed, then reconstructed onto four canvases, similarly exploring the role of sequence in design. “ETHER” A compilation of the base elements, ETHER synthesizes the concepts introduced in FIRE, AIR, WATER and EARTH, ultimately proposing an alternative base state. Three Eskayel wallpapers are reimagined into an non-traditional display, while Esakyel textiles wrap cushioned totems in a patchwork fashion. A sun-like sculpture formed by Nita’s Tube lights highlights the progressive creations, which are capped by a wormhole: a theoretical passage linking different points in space and time. Constructed of salvaged plant-dyed silk and installed into the walls, they are portals to a new dimension inhabited by disruptive thinkers, including Isamu Noguchi, Le Corbusier, Bruno Munari, Philippe Starck, who expound their respective philosophies in a spoken-word style interview mash-up that is displayed on stacked screens.