Thursday Salute to Originals: Illuminated Rope by Christian Haas
One of the best things about window-shopping is that you never know what you’ll run into around the next corner. Would it be a boutique store that has handmade artisan jewelry and abstract paintings, or a mainstream fashion brand with an ultra-modern window display (and sexy models)? I’m sure people who walk by Colette in Paris would all slow their steps, take a closer look inside this window, and be amazed by how lighting can transform an ordinary object into a piece of art.
This unique lamp collection, “Ropes”, is the brainchild of Paris-based designer Christian Haas. The ropes are designed to create an innovative light source and distinctive design object by combining a tactile material and energy-efficient technology. Each of the lamps is handmade with a silky textile cord wrapping around LEDs, emitting a warm glow.
Haas describes the design concept as “Unlit, the lamps provide a graphic statement to their environment. Lit, they diffuse a gentle ambient light.”
This design pays homage to ropes that have been historically associated with lamps and lighting. In the days when people were using gasoline lamps, they would dip a rope in the gasoline and burn the rope in order to illuminate a space. With the development of LED technology, we can now actually put the light inside a rope (and surely the LEDs have a longer lifespan than a burning rope)!
We think rope material is a creative medium or container for lighting. When lit, it’s unexpected, sure to stop some in their tracks or at least turn some heads. If you are designing a signature lighting piece, how will you choose the right medium? What are the factors you need to consider? We’d love to hear your thoughts!