Taking inspiration from shaping techniques of the acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, Monica Förster was keen to create a series of pendant lights in sustainable materials that exude opalescence, lightness and grace.
The Lullaby pendants are made from stone paper with ash lamellae. The stone paper is fashioned into pentagonal, yet slightly organic-looking shapes using five slender ash lamellae. The ash gives the soft stone paper stability, which translates as a lamp with both shape and character. The shade’s depth and sharp, inward tuck along its lower edge ensure that the light from the pendant doesn’t dazzle.
Stone paper is made from crushed limestone, which is robust and water-repellent, yet soft and sensory. In addition, stone paper has outstanding luminous qualities, which enable the Lullaby to emit a soft, muted light that communicates a cosy, natural atmosphere to the room. Stone paper is an earth friendly, energy efficient and an acid free paper that is neither synthetic nor wood pulp fibre based. Stone paper is a natural product manufactured from calcium carbonate, (CaCO3) bonded with high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Stone paper is Cradle to Cradle certified.
The three pendant sizes, P1: Ø24.1cm (3m cable), P2: Ø43cm (3m or 6m cable) and P3: Ø58.8cm (6m cable), assume the same recognizable shape though they are not entirely identical. The Lullaby pendant lights find application in the private home, whilst also being perfect for use in the interior design of restaurants, hotels, shops and the like, where the light should be soft and atmospheric. Lullaby is ideal for both stand-alone use and grouped into clusters.
- “We are proud to expand our collection with a sustainable pendant lamp that has excellent photometric qualities”, comments Rasmus Markholt, Product and Design Director at Lightyears.
Brand & Designer
Lightyears takes pride in creating luminous lighting products that combine tradition and renewal. The core ambition of their collection lies in the fusion of the young and the established. They love the curiosity and boldness of the up-and-coming generation, and they respect the skill and the trained eye of the experienced designers.
Their collection offers modern interpretations of everyday lighting products, and they hope that their collection can shed light on new takes on how and where to use contemporary illumination. This season Lightyears proudly present three new lamps created by some of Europe’s most renowned and talented designers. They hope you’ll love them as much as they do.
Lightyears does not put just any lamp into production. The most important requirement is a fusion of form and function, and that the lamp provides optimum illumination. Every single detail must have its own purpose, and not exist purely for the sake of design.
The combination of progressive and timeless aesthetics is the golden thread that runs through all of our product series, tangibly expressed through functional design and refined lighting technology. Thus, their product assortment presents a new and pioneering order of modern design and quality illumination. In this sense, they know that their name brings obligation. But it also proves their commitment to being light years ahead!
All the production is handmade by experienced craftsman.
Strong, simple and poetic. This is the best way to describe Monica Förster’s work. The Swedish designer has gained international recognition for her ability to create modern, functional designs with a poetic twist. Indeed it was early on that design became a natural interest for Monica Förster. Her aptitude for creativeness and design took on an additional edge during her studies at two of Sweden’s largest design schools, Beckmans and Konstfack. Her talent quickly won recognition, and the Monica Förster Design Studio was subsequently established in 1999.
Monica Förster has infinite curiosity for new methods, material combinations and technologies. In her design work, she fashions small 3D paper models. This intuitive, tangible working process helps her test odd, unexpected opportunities that were not necessarily part of the original considerations. In Monica’s opinion, paper models are a fine contrast to computer-generated images where everything appears to be perfect. In her work to create her first lamp series for Lightyears, Monica Förster has taken inspiration from the imaginations of children. She is fascinated by their open minds, their boundless imagination and their ability to create their own fantasy world.