Sheer delight: A new kind of lighting material

30 : 09 : 2012 Design : Stockholm Furniture Fair : Fibreglass

London – Designer Benjamin Hubert has released his new Tenda lighting collection that uses underwear fabric to create stretchy, tent-like lampshades. The project was launched last week at DesignJunction at the London Design Festival 2012.

Tenda means ‘tent’ in Italian and the product uses a construction technique that Hubert adapted from tent-making. The product brings together surprising materials from different origins, such as fibreglass rods from the kite-making industry, Lycra from the sportswear industry and a four-way stretchy mesh from the underwear industry.

Hubert explains that his approach to design is materials-driven, which shapes how he envisages a product and the way in which it is used.

For more examples of designers using high-performance materials in furniture design, see the Kaizen Cues section of our Stockholm Furniture Fair Review.

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