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Studio Tord Boontje’s Lightweight Luminaires Let You Use Rocks or Other Found Objects for the Base

Posted By Charlene Lam On October 2, 2012 @ 4:18 pm In Design,Green Lighting,Green Materials,Innovation,London Design Week | No Comments

During the London Design Festival [1], Studio Tord Boontje [2] launched ‘Lightweight’, a collection of eco-friendly Luminaires that challenge the assumption that all lamps must come with a heavy base for support. The main structure of the piece is bamboo, with copper fittings securing the light fixture and cord, and a base that consists of a copper basket that can be filled with rocks, water bottles, or other heavy objects that can provide the lamp with stability.

The main concept for these green lamps [3] is to save on costs and waste related to transporting a heavy lamp base. The shades look like Japanese washi paper but are actually made from translucent Tyvek (the same durable material used for mailing envelopes) screenprinted by hand with an illustration of cherry blossoms. The copper fittings and coils reference the electric elements of the lamp.

An experiment in local sourcing and production, the bamboo [4] is from Scotland (who knew, right?), the copper from Manchester, England, and the Luminaires are all self-produced on demand in Studio Tord Boontje [2]‘sĀ East London workshop.

Part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle [5], the lamps were shown alongside works from fellow East Londoner, shoe designer Tracey Neuls [6].

+ Studio Tord Boontje [2]

Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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URLs in this post:

[1] London Design Festival: http://inhabitat.com/tag/london-design-festival/

[2] Studio Tord Boontje: http://tordboontje.com/

[3] green lamps: http://inhabitat.com/24-gorgeous-green-lamps-that-look-great-with-energy-saving-led-bulbs/

[4] bamboo: http://inhabitat.com/jenga-like-bamboo-pixeltable-can-be-pushed-or-pulled-to-create-storage-space/

[5] Shoreditch Design Triangle: http://inhabitat.com/shoreditch-design-triangle-salvaged-furniture-and-east-london-cool-at-london-design-festival/

[6] Tracey Neuls: http://www.tn29.com/

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