Meet The Maker: Munk
The first light box I created came to me just by chance. Last year I set up a night (NORD) with two friends of mine, Tim and Robbie. We’ve always envisaged having a light box up in the DJ booth but the cost of getting it designed and built was too steep. So I thought why not make use of my uni workshop, get stuck in and build one myself? The original was a serious bodge job, built in a day without fully planning it. However, since then I have progressed from using a basic wooden box to designing it all on the computer using CAD software and then sending the file to the laser cutter and printing it, before screwing it all together. The final product: a logo (of the night or whatever I have been commissioned to make) on the front of an acrylic box with LED strips on the inside which lights the logo up.
The overall effect is mad. Simply put it behind the DJ booth in a club, like Wire for instance, and you see this logo beaming through the smokey, steaming crowd. After the first one was built and running, some of my mates who run other nights asked if I could sort them out with one. Suddenly I was pumping them out for different nights like Loophole and UP4. The jammy thing was that I can just use my uni work shop, and, despite them not being too happy with me coming in and not doing course work, it was all good. I study Product Design and insisted that this is like an extension of the course… they’ve kept quiet for the time being. The extent that you can manipulate and work with light has unlimited potential. The light source, surprisingly, isn’t a big factor in the way the final product looks. Instead, it’s the material that the light projects through which creates the desired light. Initially, I used coloured acetate to change up the colour of the light, but then I took out NORD logo and printed it onto the acetate. The box immediately took on another dimension. Not only this, but my mate Alec showed me this material called Rowlux which blew my mind. It alters the light in a way that I’ve never seen before, and now swear by it.
I design and create installations for the events I run, ranging from transforming the ceiling of a club into an upside down sea using sheets of tissue paper, to neon string draped in diagonal formations. I also blew up, with the help of an equally determined patient mate, 500 white balloons and suspended them together over a dance floor with fairy lights inside the structure. It resulted in a giant sea-egg-like creature and looked pretty nuts if I may say so myself. In doing these projects, I have developed a yearning to create larger, more complex and more outrageous designs, whilst reminding myself that, at the end of the day, less is more. Check out more work here, and hit me up if you need anything made!
Words by: Angus