With advertisements for the TRON sequel everywhere, I've become fascinated by its dark neon video-game world. And, whenever I become enamored by a wacky idea, I think about how the concept can be translated into everyday living. Believe it or not, there are several designers who are incorporating neon into classic livable furniture.
Some might shrug off interiors that uses neon lights as merely theoretical design or chide its existence as a parodiable furniture version of "Pimp My Ride." But, I disagree. There is nothing in neon's inherent form that makes it impractical. In fact, placing lights around or under furniture makes sense. It provides illumination without the need for lamps or overhead lights (handy for midnight snack time) and, it highlights the details and contours of fine design. I challenge the idea that neon lights are fundamentally tacky. We're inclined to see it as a cheap, only by association with its public use in bars and liquor stores. We should think beyond these associations and establish an opinion based on the material's inherent qualities. I think neon is vivid and atmospheric. What about you?