Issey Miyake x Artemide: IN-EI Lighting Collection – Issey Miyake will always be remembered for his amazing work as a fashion designer and innovator that fought to free the body from the dictatorship imposed by garments. He inspired many designers and creators with his work and forward-thinking and truly revolutionized the industry. The Modern Chandeliers blog chose to celebrate his life and work with an article dedicated to his lighting collection, developed in partnership with Artemide. Join us as we remember the work of a legend.
In 1970, Issey Miyake established the Miyake Design Studio, and in 1973 he began showcasing his creations in Paris. Miyake always focused on exploring the existing space between the body and the cloth surrounding it. Whether it was his practical and adaptable “PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE” series (1993-) or the “A-POC” (A Piece of Cloth/1998) series, which introduced a single process that allowed continuous rolls of fabric, texture, and articles of clothing to be made from a single piece of thread. Miyake was constantly looking toward the future and the next stage of design.
Issey Miyake x Artemide
IN-EI Lighting Collection
“IN-EI” stands for “shadow, shadiness, nuance” in Japanese. When Issey Miyake and his research and development team, Reality Lab, launched 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE in 2010, the art of lighting became a conceptual and technological concept.
5. ISSEY MIYAKE is a very clever method for creating garments and serves as yet another illustration of the potential paths that the search for novel textiles technologies might follow. The result of this effort, which combines creativity and mathematics, is clothes that can be folded flat and transformed into 3D shapes from a single piece of fabric.
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As 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE’s potential was being explored in different areas, it was only natural that the process transited towards lighting products. By combining Artemide‘s expertise in lighting with the Lab’s cutting-edge approach to the material and design, IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE came to life.
With Miyake’s innovative folding technology, both statuesque forms and adequate solidity are produced. These lighting fixtures can properly maintain their shape without the use of an internal frame and can be reshaped as needed thanks to the structure of the recycled material and additional surface treatment. When not in use, they can be conveniently stored flat.
Each lamp design uses a unique fabric made from recycled PET bottles that have been processed using cutting-edge technology to consume less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases (CO2) than producing new materials by up to 80%.
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