"Unborn creatures of light"

by Youmna Geday


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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 100x100x22
Limited Editions Material : Eggshells, Powdercoated steel, Resin
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“Unborn creatures of light” is a handmade art object using carefully emptied and hardened eggshells as vectors of light. This basic, organic matter, with only the help of light shining through it, turns into porous constellations of stars.
The idea that the universe was born from an egg is shared by nearly all ancient civilisations and cultures, and this project aims to embody this imagery. Every eggshell is unique and each one looks like a galaxy. The title of the work is also a reference to all the realms of existence and possibilities, inviting the viewers to step outside of their reality.
This model is a black circular ring composed of 59 eggshells and LED lights, and is designed to be mounted against a wall, for the viewer to be able to look straight at its details. The piece is best enjoyable in a dark or dimmed room to benefit from all its characteristics.
The process of emptying, cleaning, and hardening the eggshells is very delicate and requires a lot of time and discipline. The designer has also created handmade pieces which allow the user to manipulate the eggshells without altering the work.
Every model is a unique piece. The date stamped on the eggs references the moment the work was produced.
The product is delivered with 59 12V LED lamps. The cord is compatible with regular european 220V sockets.


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Weight 16 kg
Dimensions 110 × 110 × 30 cm
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About the designer

Youmna Geday

Youmna Geday (b. 1989 in Montreal, Canada) has a background in photography and an ongoing practice as a visual artist which questions origins and genealogy. Her first work as a designer, \"Unborn Creatures of Light\", is an extension of her artistic practice, in which she creates an analogy between the egg\'s symbolic and the creation of the universe. Youmna\'s interests as an artist and a designer are strongly linked to her Lebanese identity, nourrished by a strong passion for space and the universe. This combination of themes leads her to relate her research to one about different scales of origins.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.