Shigeru Ban Friday 15 Apr 2011

The architect Shigeru Ban, who has always shown a special interest in materials, has designed, for FontanaArte, this floor lamp which enhances the lightness and extension resistance of carbon fibre.

The inside of the stem is solid and comprises a sequence of different materials (fibre glass, aluminium and carbon fibre) which are layered in order to obtain a single element with high structural properties. Shigeru Ban has designed these layers to be visible. It is just 10cm thick. The cables are sunk into the structure and become part of it. The outcome is an ultra-­light lighting fixture. Its arched shape is a challenge intended to show how carbon fibre combined with other materials produces remarkably light objects with high mechanical resistance.

Floor lamp. Black structure in composite material coated with carbon fibre. Black lacquered metal base. Power cables sunk into the structure. Direct light emission. Electronic power unit included.

Size: Ø 50 x 210 x 230
Lighting source: 18W Led (cri >85, colour temperature 3.000° K)

designer biog

Shigeru Ban

Accomplished Japanese and international architect, most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard paper tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. Shigeru Ban was the winner in 2005 at age 48 of the 40th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was profiled by Time Magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.