HollowLight is a lamp that combines two luminous lampshades. One lampshade is a surface of embroidered LED lights and the other is a surface of embroidered, side emitting optical fibres. The surfaces of the lampshades themselves emit light, removing the necessity for a light bulb.
Light is freed from its traditional format with this project, which investigates possibilities of this newfound freedom. The arrangement of LEDs and optical fibres on the two shades creates overlapping patterns. The two surfaces can combine and interchange between soft ambient light emitted from the optical fibre surface and more direct light from the LED surface. This control of light setting is obtained through a bluetooth module that can be operated from a smart phone.
The project is a result of a long term collaboration between Diffus Design and embroidery specialist Forster Rohner. HollowLamp is part of an ongoing research project in the field of embroidered optical fibres and integration of LED lights within embroidery.
Design and concept: Hanne-Louise Johannesen and Michel Guglielmi (Diffus Design)
Project partners: Forster Rohner and KS-Skaerme