Even the most delicate lamps, even paper lamps because they usually rest on metal frames, often weigh considerably more than you’d expect, purely because of the material they are made of.
Yet Rotterdam-based Atelier Robotiq’s lamps, while quite strong, are lighter than even the newest smartphones. Apple’s lightest model, the iPhone 6, weighs in at 129 grams – the lamps only weigh 95 grams, with a diameter of 63 centimeters (25 inches).
Everything the group, whose backgrounds lie in robotics, aerospace engineering, fine arts and product design, need to create these delicate designs are three things: an industrial robot, a mold and a 100 meter long cord of resin-impregnated fibers.
Using a technology known as aerospace fiber winding, the Dutch atelier create mesmerizing designs with the help of an industrial robot, weaving the lightweight cord in a variety of pre-defined patterns; the resulting designs are light but at the same time incredibly strong.
The UFO-shaped fiber lamp was their first model, but as proven during the Dutch Design Week 2015, they can now create a variety of shapes and patterns; with their in-house developed software and robot technology combined, the atelier say they have endless opportunities for future designs.
Having an open structure means the lamps create mesmerizing landscapes of light and shadow, all depending on which pattern the fiber was woven in; even more so when the wind catches the lamps.
Being so lightweight, the lamps are the definition of floating in the air, with even the lightest breeze sending them into a small dance.
Hanging from a braided cotton cord, the lamps come with a copper pendant; available directly through Atelier Robotiq, they clock in at €370 (£260.02, $392.86).