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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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Today I was walking past The Conran Shop on London’s Marylebone High Street and in the shop window stood a lampshade which stopped me in my tracks. It was one of the pieces from Issey Miyake’s IN-EI collection, co-developed and manufactured by Artemide. For those in the know, this is old news as the collection was released mid 2012. I just felt these images ought to be shared again. For me, the shades are incredible works of art, that could almost be mistaken for sculptures. Miyake used a material derived from recycled PET plastic bottles which are processed using innovative technology that drastically reduces both energy consumption and CO2 emissions. IN-EI (Japanese for Shadow) includes floor, table and pendant lamp designs, all of which were created using 2 or 3D mathematic principals. All pieces are foldable, which then extend into the lampshade, causing a play of light and shadow through the layering. The collection represents a continuation of the ‘132 5. Issey Miyake’  2D/3D folded clothing design research undertaken by Miyake’s reality lab. Check ’em out.

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category