A modern lighting collection made from centuries-old materials

A modern lighting collection made from centuries-old materials

A modern lighting collection made from centuries-old materials,
The need for natural materials to replace synthetic materials in our homes is driving innovation in all areas of design.
Lighting is usually high in plastic and glass, making it particularly vulnerable to scrutiny.
While some have returned provocatively to the likes of animal bladders in search of organic transparency, others have looked to favored natural fibers such as rattan, reed and linen.
For others, it’s choosing minerals like alabaster, whose properties allow ambient light to diffuse beautifully, and the research continues.
The search for earth-friendly transparency has been joined by French designer Elise Voin, a one-time member of André Putman’s studio. Nebulis,
Her latest design for Paris-based lighting makers Forestier, follows her successful creations for the brand, the Papillon and Libellule collections, both inspired by ethereal nature.
On the other hand, a nebula is naturally made into a light and solid form.
A modern lighting collection made from centuries-old materials

An ancient material reworked for the modern age

Nebulis brought about by research-led textile innovator Sericyne, founded by Poole School graduate Clara Hardy, the company explores
New and innovative ways to process silk – spun in the centuries-old silk-producing region of Cévennes in southern France – into modern materials with new applications.
By rethinking how silk becomes a malleable material, Sericyne, which is headquartered on the space station
The incubator of the Parisian brand F and a production workshop in Monoblet in the heart of Cevennes, merging the silk industry with the production of products.
The multidisciplinary team has devised a way for the silkworm to spin its threads directly over the molds so that a naturally light, transparent three-dimensional layer is formed.
Instead, the worms roll their fibers into a flat mesh layer that can then be placed in pieces by hand over a mold.
A modern lighting collection made from centuries-old materials

Material first, then comes form

It’s a material and process that captured the interest of both Fouin and Forstier, a lighting company that champions natural materials and craftsmanship.
“When I discovered Sericyne silk, it reminded me of Japanese washi paper but with more resistant properties, while remaining very light in weight,” says the designer.
“I found this innovation in the process of using silk combined with the lightness and rigidity of the material at the same time, [which was] perfect for applying it in the field of lighting design.”
In fact, Voen goes against the grain in her design process, often examining materials before form.
The touch, visuals and properties of the material determine the look of its design.
A modern lighting collection made from centuries-old materials

Naturally weightless volume

From Fouin’s exploration of non-woven Sericyne silk, the form of the Nebulis evolved into terraced mounds that hang cloud-like as pendants, or rest on the wall or ceiling like light sculptures.
For reasons of time efficiency, the interwoven threads were applied in pieces to the molds in light layers, rather than spun over them, before being left to settle and then lifted from the molds.
The model has an impressive size and structure as well as unexpected weightlessness.