Marc Trotereau’s WireShades are more sculpture than shade like, nestling into crannies, hugging wall corners and dropping from the ceiling. The lampshade becomes a unique object, and can by custom made for any type of space. The traditional method of producing lampshades is based on brazing metal rods; a relatively flexible and easy process. Marc Trotereau has challenged this design norm via the creation of a jig, which makes it possible to braze three metal rods together at the same time (see pics below), enabling the production of three-dimensional cubical shapes. The frames are then covered with corrugated plastic or ‘Correx’, a flame retardant and antistatic material. What a result. I particularly love how Trotereau wraps the structure around corners. The result is akin to some forgein matter, secretly observing the world from above.

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