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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan
INHABITAT:Where are the materials sourced from? Could you see later versions being made of recylable materials?
Max: Quality is my priority and I am partnering with suppliers that have a great reputation. Dupont is providing the Tyvek material that makes up the body of the lamp. It is a highly durable material that is 100% recyclable.
I want to incorporate environmentally friendly materials like Tyvek and FSC-certified wood from the very beginning and will continue on using sustainable materials moving forward.
INHABITAT: With almost 3,000 orders in less than two weeks how will you be able to manage the production and quality assurance?
Max: I see scaling up production as an opportunity. It allows me to introduce mechanization that will bring greater precision and consistency to the product. The Tyvek “pages” is the perfect example. I’ll be using a hi-tech solution to construct this element vs. the hand-crafted approach I’ve been doing at Techshop.
INHABITAT:Your initial goal of 60k was surpassed almost immediately. Did you expect it to kick off this fast?
Max: I’m very humbled by the attention that Lumio has been getting. I really owe it to my awesome backers and fans! During the planning phase for my Kickstarter campaign, I always told myself to expect the worst but also be prepared for success.
I didn’t expect it to blow out this fast but I’m prepared and confident that I can meet the production timeline.
INHABITAT:What’s next for the Lumio?
Max: I’d like to expand Lumio in different sizes, cover finishes, use color LEDs and also bring in technology like a solar charging cover or wireless charging that can improve the functionality of the product. I plan to design a line of add-on accessories that will allow consumers to use their Lumio as an interchangeable module as part of a lighting system. I also have an idea for Lumio v.2. that I’m very excited about. More to come on that!
INHABITAT: What’s next for you? Are you already coming up with ideas for your next project?
Max: Outside Lumio, I want to continue exploring the idea of transforming everyday objects with unexpected uses in other product categories. I’m very passionate about architecture and want to bring in a fresh new take on spatial design and buildings.
I also want to continue working on my design for the folding modular house. I envision coming up with a house (along with its furniture) that you can pack flat and fit into your car. It’s like having a home-in-a-box that you can carry around. I’m hoping to have a working prototype some time next year.
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