Traditional materials find a new lease of life when combined with the latest new raw materials. In this way, new goals and experiences can be achieved that increase the versatility of the new components and their application to everyday objects.
Japanese designer and architect Taeg Nishimoto is a great revolutionary in this experimentation. His continual search for new qualities in new materials has led him to one of his latest creations: the Fronds lamp, a piece in which he combines vinyl, polyester and salt. It also functions as an improvised vase.
“Each lamp has five sides joined at its central base. Each side includes three overlapping inner layers of frond-shaped polyester sheets and an outer layer of clear vinyl fabric that wraps each vertical side. The polyester film is also covered with salt crystals (a combination of coarse and fine salt) applied with a transparent glue, which gives the inner layers a translucent texture that reacts to light when switched on, both from the outside and the inside,” says the designer from his studio.
Each Fronds lamp has a transparent container inside the petals that can also be used as a vase. The base has a small LED bulb built in, covered with a coloured sheet, which is projected onto the surface with a salt texture. In this way, the light it projects creates a texture, making for a subtle and organic reaction.
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