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ChunWei Liao Elevates Common Cardboard to Design

Posted By Elisabeth Buecher On April 29, 2009 @ 3:30 pm In Green Lighting,Milan Furniture Fair | No Comments

Transformer lighting, Chunwei Lioa, designersblock, green lighting, recyclable materials, cardboard [1]

At Milan’s 2009 furniture fair [2], Designersblock [3] did not depart from its habit of showing the very best in fresh new design, and ChunWei Liao’s [4] Transformer furniture and lighting collection is the perfect example of the show’s unique and innovative spirit. The Taiwanese designer presented a stellar catalog of work, but the most interesting product in the series was the lamp grandly named “Transformer [5] Lighting Infinity.”

Transformer lighting, Chunwei Lioa, designersblock, green lighting, recyclable materials, cardboard [6]

Made entirely from cardboard [7], the understructure of the suspension lamp is a flat sheet joined end-to-end. Liao cut slots into the surface at regular intervals and attached little pyramids [8] that you can personalize by drawing, painting or writing on them. The result is an amazing Jekyll/Hyde effect: Without the attachments, the holes cut into the base filter light in a very subtle and graphic way; once you add the pyramids, however, the lamp morphs into a funky, stegosaurus-esque shape. (Fun note: ChunWei Liao’ passion for common packaging material [9] is not random—his father owns a cardboard factory back in Taiwan [10].)

It would be hard to tire of this cardboard chandelier [11] because you can change and individualize it ad infinitum. But if you do get bored, no worries—it’s 100% recycable!

Be sure to check out the rest of our 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Coverage [12] and Photo Galleries [13]!

+ Designersblock [14]

+ Oaddx Design [4]

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Coverage [12]

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Photo Gallery [13]

Transformer lighting, Chunwei Lioa, designersblock, green lighting, recyclable materials, cardboard [15]


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[1] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3472086518/

[2] Milan’s 2009 furniture fair: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/milan-furniture-fair-2009/

[3] Designersblock: http://www.verydesignersblock.com/2009/

[4] ChunWei Liao’s: http://www.oaddx.com

[5] Transformer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/24/the-shapeshifting-prada-transformer-building/

[6] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3471275703/

[7] cardboard: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/07/shigeru-bans-cardboard-bridge/

[8] pyramids: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/25/ziggurat-dubai-carbon-neutral-pyramid-will-house-1-million/

[9] packaging material: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/graphics-packaging/

[10] Taiwan: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/29/taiwans-beautiful-bioshell-center-for-disease-control/

[11] chandelier: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/09/origen-lamp-made-from-upcycled-egg-crates/

[12] 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Coverage: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/milan-furniture-fair/

[13] Photo Galleries: http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/plugins/falbum/wp/album.php?album=72157617181767086

[14] + Designersblock: http://www.verydesignersblock.com

[15] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3471275615/

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