The main focus of the GABBIA LAMP collection was to experiment and mix both traditional and industrial techniques. A unique combination of shadows and colors was created by using materials from different sources.
The shapes are inspired by inverted baskets. For the table version the basket handle was even kept, allowing for the user to carry it around easily.
These pieces were produced in a bamboo weaving atelier in KYOTO, which is specialized in small scale objects. Since these artisans mainly work with bamboo, we wanted to challenge them by introduce a foreign material in their daily work.
The choice of colored acetate is not banal - its transparency properties, vibrant colors and lightweight were the perfect fit for this collection.
We believe that the small scale production of handcrafted items is undoubtedly a process to be taken into consideration in the upcoming economical future. In a society that values more and more handmade and zero environmental impact products, the synergies created between designers and craftsmen are essential.
The development of projects that merge these two realities is the key to create a parallel economy able to satisfy new niche markets and revitalize ancient craftsman and knowhow.
Presented during Stockholm Furniture fair at the Greenhouse exhibition.
2014 // In collaboration with Ryosuke Fukusada. Produced by industry+.
Photos by Akihito Mori