Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Innovative LED lighting system by iiode

iiode, exhibition Design Switzerland at London designjunction 2018 (c) Teo Zanin

iiode in London:

London designjunction
Bargehouse & Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
20 and 21 September:
11:00 – 20:00

iiode is an on-going research on innovative LED lighting system. Formed by 4 product designers, the group aims to sensitively connect technologies and common goods to offer beautifully objectified matters.

Based in Lausanne, Munich and Paris, Jean Besson, Jonathan Mauloubier, Charlotte Talbot, Lucas Ulhmann started iiode in 2015. After having developed a modular lighting system in the past years, they decided to concentrate their efforts on design and material research on lightweight electronic devices: objects that integrate higher and lower technologies and connectivity while sparing material. iiode has been shortlisted as one of 10 finalists during Design Parade 11 at the Villa Noailles and received the support from Pro Helvetia and Ikea Stiftung.

At Design Switzerland / London designjunction, iiode will reveal a curtain (or room divider) which embodies one aspect of their current research on  LED lighting – Light Emitting Textiles. The result is not necessarily as a product or a finished object but a way to confront some assembly details with a rather architectural scale. The curtain is made of only one material – a common blacken spring steel, worked as a fiber, woven as a fabric and assembled with magnets instead of knots, allowing it to be flexible. On the hanging structure are then fixed some lighting modules, enhancing the details and volumes of the patterns, but also adding some raster threads to the curtain.

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