Pandanas Light
Jan Flook Tuesday 16 Jun 2015

Building on the recent success of the BLOOM and SENORITA pendants, Jan Flook has marshalled his 30 years’ experience in design to solve a great puzzle: How to design a Feature Light that is also a highly functional Task Light.

With a little help and inspiration from nature, he came up with PANDANAS, a task light with a strong ambient flavour; a blend of retro-industrial style and state-of-the-art technology. Flook’s inspiration is the tropical Pandanas plant, which grows in Australia and is especially abundant through the entire East coast. “It’s a personal thing,” he says. “To me Pandanas are so evocative, they’re lovely.”

Flook’s sculptural negative-space design echoes the patterns of light and shade cast by Pandanas’ long, lush, green leaves in tropical environments. “These plants grow up under each other, and as their leaves cross, the light glints through and they form these unforgettable patterns on the ground below.” said Flook.

The Pandanas fixture is created from two separate anodized aluminium spinnings, otherwise known as shades or diffusers, which are carefully held apart. The outer shade has a classical shape measuring 430mm, which is pierced with a 3D laser-cut pattern inspired by the tropical leaves. The inner shade, hanging just below the outer one, acts as a reflector to bounce and amplify the light from its highly reflexive outer surface. The light sourced from a single PL warm white fluorescent lamp spreads, glows and creates reflection.

The tone of the light can be altered according to time of day or mood, by inserting a theatrical colour gel into a vertical tube in the gap between the two diffusers, adding enormous design flexibility to suit multiple environments and sectors.