Last week in Milan Slamp presented Zaha Hadid’s Aria lamp. It’s form is sculptural and architectural (of course!) and is constructed with 50 individual layers of cristalflex (a techno-polymer), which is an incredibly light weight material. The fluid form that evokes a feeling of movement is also quite robust and creates a balanced experience of rapture and release as the light emitted through the openings is defused into the room. The largest version of this model imposes a glorious experience of volume and atmospheric light that relates well to classical and contemporary interiors alike.
This light reminds us of the 'IN-EI’ ( Japanese for nuance and shadow) lighting collection by Issey Miyake for Artemide. Adapting his use of pleats in clothing to a lighting concept whereby folded paper textile made of recycled PET bottles is formed and cut using the 2D and 3D mathematical program designed by Miyake’s Reality lab, to define the form of the lamp shade.
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