Dutch designer Paula Artzen specializes in interior design and intricate lighting. She creates beautiful lamps using the most humble materials, like paper and Tyvek, and she adds a third dimension by cutting and folding them. We came upon her latest work, which is a series of beautiful floating lamps made from recyclable polypropylene and inspired by the work of German biologist Ernst Haeckel, at Dutch Design Week.
Paula Artzen’s work was hanging beautifully in a dark room at the huge Eindhoven design event in an exhibition called MIX’D. She usually finds inspiration in nature, like she did with her vulnerable yet powerful “Butterfly” collection. For her latest work, she was inspired by the drawing on a book by German biologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel — “Kunstformen der Natur” – released back in 1904!
Haeckel’s book is full of all sorts of detailed drawings of organisms from the natural world, including plants, birds and sea creatures. The designs are characterized by a strong symmetry and attention to detail, which can also be seen in Artzen’s brilliant designs. For her latest work, this young Dutch designer opted for polypropylene, a material that is stronger and more durable than paper and can be recycled.
This petrolium-based material also gives off a softly glow that helps creating a whimsical atmosphere in the room making the organisms stand out and “float”. Thoughtfully conceived, these flat-pack lamps are easier to ship, thus reducing their environmental impact. A functional work of art that is beautiful and sustainable, Paula Artzen’s new lamps brightened up Dutch Design Week.
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat