Claude Light
Annika Frye Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

The Claude Light is made by German designer Annika Frye and edited by French brand Hartô. Originally a test shape in her DIY rotational moulding machine, the final design was reached from months of experimentation with polymer plaster and other additives such as wood or textiles. Frye also undertook colour experiments along with her test shape and the outcome was a simple pendant lampshade.

The seam of the moulding process is still visible in the product, as are the irregularities of the casting process. Additionally the drops inside the lampshade refer to the movement of the moulding machine, giving the product its unique look. The lampshade comes in three colours: green, white and red. Its outer surface is smooth, having been sanded and covered with a protective layer of Vaseline.

Because of the irregular material thickness, the lamp needs a special fixture that enables the user to adjust the lampshade. The fixture is made from sandblasted Plexiglas and determines the form of the lampshade: a bigger hole is necessary at the top of the shade in order to adjust the lampshade. The light passes through this and as such the fixture works as a diffuser.

Annika's lampshades have been displayed in multiple exhibitions such as Most by Tom Dixon at Milan Design Week and Nomadic furniture 3.0. New Liberated Living at MAK Vienna. The design relates to her PhD project about improvisation in the design process.