The Copper Lights are made by folding a thin sheet of copper in such a way as to create stable structures. The folding principle defines the shape as well as the aesthetics of the lamps, forming a delicate yet refined series.
The reflection of the surroundings in the shiny copper surfaces gives each facet its own hue; from dark brown to red and orange. The copper gives a warm glow to the light. The Copper Lights are available in three different shapes and also in a brass or beech wood veneer version, making them widely applicable in interiors.
The Brass Lights are a variation of the copper version and are produced in the same way, but using a brass plate as a starting point. The reflection of the surroundings in the lamp again gives each facet its own color tone; from dark gold to yellow and beige. Unlike the brass version, the material gives a bright, slightly yellow color to the light.
The Wooden Light is another variant, made of beech wood veneer. Laser cut and glued together with the same sophistication as the copper and brass variant. The 'backing' that sits behind the veneer acts not only as a support, but also as a hinge, making it possible to bend the veneer where it would normally break. The white interior provides a nice 'neutral' light distribution. (Please note that the Wooden Light is available in one version: WL25.)
Transparency of the production chain comes naturally to us.
For us, that doesn't just mean giving information about where something has been produced. Our chain starts much earlier: with the designer of the product!
We'll tell you the whole story. Click on the buttons to discover the different steps:
The Copper Lights were designed by David Derksen. The lights are a further development of his graduation project "Copper Cabinet," a fragile cabinet for storing small valuables, which he made using a similar technique.
Nature, and especially the principles and processes found in nature, are David's main sources of inspiration. This results in a strong focus on materials, how they behave and how they can be constructed.
Ever since we presented alongside David at the (almost legendary) Autofficina expo in Milan in 2010, where he first presented his Copper Lights, we have been intrigued by this lamp series. Because much handwork is involved in the production of the lamps, we actually consider them more like works of art. We are very proud that these special lamps have been part of the Vij5 collection since 2014!
"The Wooden Light is even a little 'translucent.' When the light is on, the wood grain is highlighted."Arjan & Anieke
David made the first lamps himself in his own studio. A true perfectionist, he then developed the lamps further with a model maker until he was completely satisfied. He also created two variants of the lamp in the materials brass and beech wood veneer. The model maker, based in Eindhoven, still produces the lamps by hand and with complete dedication.
The Copper Lights are made from a 0.3mm thin copper plate. From this the various parts are etched. This precise technique is also used to make the bending lines in the material, after which they are folded by hand and assembled in Eindhoven.
Although as far as we are concerned, the lamps may rather be seen as works of art, the Copper Lights CL-16, CL-25 and CL-30 and Brass Lights BL-16, BL-25 and BL-30 comply with the guidelines for CE certification according to LVD (2006/95/EC) and correspond to the standards NEN-EN-ISO 12100: 2010 and NEN 1010: 2007.
In the material passport you can find where and by whom the different parts of this product are made.
Copper & Brass Lights
Copper or brass sheet material
0.3mm thick copper or brass plate, etched in Italy
Manually assembled in Eindhoven (NL).
Available in 3 models:
CL16 & BL16
Ø185 × 435 mm
CL25, BL25 & WL25
Ø290 × 255 mm
CL30 & BL30
Ø410 × 155 mm
Standard with 3 meter, extra flexible and black rubber cord
Includes dimmable E27 LED light source
In Vij5 collection since 2014
Copper and brass naturally oxidize under the influence of air and moisture. Therefore, over time the lamps will darken and develop a "patina. This is part of the design, they only get more beautiful!
In the movie ´Ex Machina´ the Copper Lights are part of the film set!
In the 2015 film, a neurotic tech billionaire creates an artificially intelligent humanoid robot in his mansion in the woods.
Normally the mansion is the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Valldal, Norway.
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