Many of you may already recognize this stunning lighting collection, but few realize the conceptual research and green experimentation that went into developing the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE project. Designed by world-renowned Japanese fashion designerIssey Miyake for Italian lighting company Artemide, these cutting edge lamps employ a re-treated fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles to create an other-worldly lighting effect. The collection recently won theiF Product Design Award 2013 from the prestigious International Forum Design Hannover.

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So what green innovations underlie this “enlightened idea”?

Together with his Reality Lab, Miyake developed the new material for the lamps using a 3D mathematical process — each lamp is created from a single piece of cloth that manages diffuse light in unexpected ways. The unique folding technology and an additional surface treatment makes for self-supporting pieces that keep their shape (and can be re-shaped) without the need for an internal frame. Naturally, in keeping with an eco-friendly approach, IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE useslow-energy LEDs.

Overall, the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE collection finds the perfect balance between light and shadow, tradition and innovation.

Photos courtesy of  Artemide and Miyake Design Studio