Four years ago while experimenting in the workshop, Dror Benshetrit discovered a serendipitous geometry. Initially inspired by the aesthetic and flexibility of this versatile form, he soon realized the structural integrity of the interlocking members. Dror then embarked on four years of inspired and diligent investigations. Working in a collaborative and experimental environment, the team developed a unique structure that can adapt to a variety of conditions and configurations. These range from product design, trestle structures, dwellings, dividing walls, sound barriers, and more. Some applications take advantage of its load-bearing capabilities, while others capitalize on its acoustic properties, ease of manufacturing, collapsibility and energy performance.
Boosted by a team of experts, the studio conducted inter-disciplinary research and rigorous analysis, to soon discover the overwhelming strength of the geometry coming from the most simplistic physical force. The geometry revealed five development direction for applications with endless possibilities; dividing, dwelling, trestle, fenestration and artistic installation. These enabled designs reflect an ever-changing world where contextual factors and technological resources are shifting definitions of architecture, design, and the traditional boundaries between disciplines.
“Our goal is to inspire change. Working with creative and innovative experts from various fields, we aim to share and implement this geometry in urban design, architecture, philanthropic work, and public art. When realizing that the system could potentially bring a groundbreaking solution to the global issue of habitat, we were eager to complete our experimentations and share this discovery with the world.”
- Dror Benshetrit
Benjamin Hubert has designed an adjustable task lamp with a perforated aluminum tube which contains LEDs. With a simple clamp the lamp can be raised into position as well as rotating 360° on its axis.
Crane Task Lamp, by Benjamin Hubert, for Örsjö
The Norm 06 is a shade that can be affixed to any hanging light bulb. Easily assembled, the lamp ships flat in a gift box. When looking up at it the light appears to be an awe-inspiring 3D flower. A soft glow from the bulb gives the lamp its colour. Simon Karkov’s design is inspired by nature, by the lilies and the water lilies.
Norm 06 Pendant Lamp, Small, Medium, Large, by Simon Karkov, for Normann Copenhagen
“The idea came from an old lamp my grandfather had in his carpentry workshop over the workbench. It was nothing more than a few roughly cut sticks with a shaded light bulb hanging from the end of the cord. When my grandfather passed away, I got his workbench, cupboards for tools – and the lamp. I used it for nearly 10 years in my first glass-studio as a workshop lamp and often thought that one day I had to modernize it. Now it is done. My grandfather’s name was Orla.”
- Rikke Hagen
Camouflage is an enormous globe which has been pressure turned and then perforated by three-dimensional laser cutting, a technique more commonly used in the auto industry. The circular cuts cast dramatic shadows on adjacent surfaces, lending this pendant lamp a sense of drama. Available in two sizes Ø 500 mm and Ø 800 mm in white or black.
Camouflage Pendant Light, by Front, for Zero
We assembled square planes to create a sense of motion in this series of objects. One part of the bookshelf is frozen in its cascade of tumbling shelves, creating variety in the way books can be stacked. The stool’s twist endows it with visual play. Lamps roll about but are stable, thank to their planes, and cast light in different directions. The table leans as though falling away, but maintains its function as a table, and makes objects placed on it seem to sink into its folds and sways. The different ‘movements’make balance and unbalance overlap, as though we are watching the planes themselves dance.
Fungi Lamps are made out of a nylon webbing, bonded together through a special glue technique. With their unconventional construction, each lamp silhouette shows literally a gradual growth like a tree and reveals traces of imperfection of the process. The illuminated fabric creates an unique and mystical light effect.
Fungi Lamp, by Andreas Kowalewski
Winner of the Red Dot design award of Germany, Nastrino is a custom-made table lamp designed by Kai Byok. Discreetly sanded aluminium profiles give this table lamp with its balanced proportions an independent character. The filigree profiles lead to a vertical foot element which, like the entire construction, does without any visible screws. The optional clamping foot also mirrors the straight-lined design vocabulary. The slim upper arm accommodates the LED technology with up to three anti-glare illumination zones. While the upper joint is held by resilient friction, the lower one is enforced with a hidden spring.
Nastrino, by K.B. FORM
The power of this light source lies in its slenderness and unobtrusiveness; the simplicity of the fixtures’ design makes that it can be used anywhere. It can be built-in, mounted on the wall, or hung from the ceiling. An innovative and state-of-the-art magnet and contact system makes that a wide variety of LED-fixtures can be inserted or moved.
The LED-fixtures are similar in style yet each one of them has its own character and lighting quality: a mini spotlight ‘dot’, built-in or wall mounted strips ‘in’ and ‘out and directable pliable sheets caled ‘knick’.