The Jute Light is made of 50% jute fibres and 50% porcelain plaster. The combination of jute with plaster ensures that both materials strengthen each other.
This is because the jute fibre acts as reinforcement in the plaster and at the same time creates a special and unique pattern. The strength and beauty of the material is emphasized in the minimalist design of the pendant lamp.
The jute fibres used, in the form of a kind of fluff, come from Forbo's flooring factory. This natural fibre is the only waste material that comes from the production of Forbo's linoleum. By working with this waste material, the linoleum becomes a zero-waste product.
Plaster, like glass, is endlessly recyclable and can be widely used after processing. Before the two materials are mixed, the fibres preferably receive a natural colour bath, such as indigo, turmeric, or red ochre.
Currently, the Jute Lights are available in 3 varieties: plain jute, green and indigo blue. They have an E14 fitting and are delivered including a LED bulb. The diameter of the shades is 14 centimeters.
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The Jute Light is an ambient lamp designed by Atelier LVDW, the design studio of Laura van de Wijdeven. In her studio Laura researches and designs materials with a focus on organic waste streams and bio-based materials. These sustainable or circular materials are then translated into various interior products.
She is inspired by the calming effect of nature on the well-being of mankind. Maintaining a connection with nature through the materials in your interior is the underlying mission of her work, which is clearly reflected in this design pendant lamp.
"My work is always material driven: the possibilities of the material lead to the final design. For me, material always comes first. The start of a new product therefore begins with material experiments rather than at the drawing board."Laura van de Wijdeven
Prior to the design of the Jute Light, Laura started a material research project into the possibilities of using jute fluff, an industrial waste stream from the production of Forbo linoleum.
Numerous experiments have led to the creation of 'jute ceramics': a sturdy material in which the jute fibres are mixed with porcelain plaster. Here the jute fibre acts as reinforcement in the plaster and at the same time creates a special and unique pattern.
CURATE + TRANSLATE
The Jute Light has been part of the Vij5 collection since 2021. We are always fascinated by interesting new materials, especially if they have a sustainable character in addition to an aesthetic appearance.
Circular design appeals to us and Laura's experiments caught our eye, partly because she had already made a step towards a possible application for the material she had developed. Together with Laura we took a closer look at the Jute Light by optimizing the production process. This made small production runs realistic and we managed to complete the cycle of the material.
The Jute Light is handmade by Laura in small series in her studio in Rotterdam. Through countless experiments she has mastered a production process that suits her sustainable approach. The Jute fibres are, if desired, coloured in a natural way and then mixed in the right proportion with porcelain plaster and poured into a mould. The end result is finished with beeswax for extra shine and protection. Finally, the cord and fitting are attached to the lampshade.
At the end of its life, the lampshade of the Jute Light is fully recyclable by Atelier LVDW. It is returned to a raw plaster powder from which Laura can make new products again; a great example of circular design.
In the material passport you can find where and by whom the different parts of this product are made.
Jute lint is the material that is left behind when we vacuum clean the jute bottom cloth. This is done before we feed the cloth through the calender. The removal of "loose lint" is very important. The smoother the cloth the better. Any small unevenness in the substrate can become visible in the linoleum top surface.Forbo The Netherlands
Jute fluff, originating from the Forbo flooring factory in Assendelft (NL).
This natural fibre is the only waste material that results from the production of Forbo's linoleum. By working with this waste material the linoleum becomes a zero-waste product.
Origin jute: Bangladesh.
Forbo works together with a factory in Bangladesh that weaves jute underlay that is part of their linoleum product.
Porcelain plaster is an extra hard type of plaster which forms the basis of this lamp.
Before the two materials are mixed, the fibres preferably receive a natural colour bath. Atelier LVDW works on its own colour recipes for this in its studio in Rotterdam (NL).
Note: The color green is made from a synthetic pigment, the blue color comes from Indigo and is a natural pigment.
Natural beeswax is applied at the end for a nice shine and protection. It revives the material even more.
The lamp is handmade by Atelier LVDW in Rotterdam (NL) and assembled and packed at Vij5 in Eindhoven (NL).
Made-to-measure brown cardboard packaging made from 80% recycled cardboard, produced in the Netherlands
Diameter approx. 14cm
height 15 cm
In Vij5 collection since 2021
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