Luminous Waveforms

Luminous Waveforms is an illuminated seating arrangement made up of two parametrically designed, sculpted wooden benches.  The organic curves are inspired by nature and sound waves, sliced into a repeating rhythm.


The fluid elegance of the forms and gradual color shifts from the interior illumination transform the physical experience of the seating.  The seating is both form and function.


The benches were designed in 3D modeling software and then sliced into 2D planes. Each plane was then CNC cut out of 3/4 inch birch plywood and physically reassembled back into it’s three dimensional form.  The face of each wooden slice provides a solid canvas for the intelligent lighting to project upon. Each bench has a custom LED diffuser tube with hight density APA102 LED strips. The LEDs are controlled by a Teensy3.6 microcontroller that distributes custom light patterns designed in Adobe After Effects.


The project was designed and implemented by Victoria Mara Heilweil & Phil Spitler in San Francisco.



Luminous Waveforms have been exhibited at various galleries and events around the San Francisco Bay Area including:




Nite Life @ The Academy of Sciences


"Manual Digital" @ Space 151


Autumn Lights Festival


Oakland Museum



If you are interested in exhibiting Luminous Waveforms or would like us to design and fabricate a custom piece, please get in touch.