When I started thinking about the design, I had the desire to challenge the perception and the common preconceptions of a material that is normally known to people just as ‘plastics’. I knew that I would like to go further than what’s the norm not only in terms of function and the look, but about the feel and tactility of the material as well. Soon it was clear that one of the greatest things I was missing in typical designs made of plastic was a significant impression of substance, of materiality. Therefore, the next step could only be a design that celebrated the actual material as it is, straightforward, solid and honest, with a concept of hiding nothing, but showing its innermost values to the outside. No second skin, no paint coat, the true, bold material in its pure form.
Technically, there was an equal desire to go for a high performance material that delivers the mechanical strength and rigidity for this product to last a long life while offering the possibility of doing large, solid cross-sections which are normally next to impossible in our chosen process of injection molding. The material that was finally fulfilling all these needs in an excellent way is a new development, giving us the desired tactility, the needed technical characteristics and the freedom of design.
Last but not least, making products out of plastic also involves being conscious of the responsibility for our environment. And the chosen material does not stop here: in this lamp, we are using a plastic that is based on over 60% biologically sourced material, which is castor oil, taken from the castor plant which does not compete with worldwide food production due to different agricultural requirements. Therefore the design makes a step ahead by setting the course for producing independently of mineral oil based plastics.
GOOD DESIGN Award 2012
Design S – Nominee 2012