“IN-EI” is Japanese for shadow, shadiness, nuance. Derived from a process originally created by Issey Miyake’s R&D lab, the Reality Lab., to make clothing using 3D geometry, the IN-EI lighting series marries Artemide’s lighting expertise with Miyake’s innovative approach to material and design. The result then was clothing that could be folded flat and become 3D shapes, as can the lamps now, easily stored flat when not in use.
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“The project revolves around a fabric derived from entirely recycled materials, diffusing light in extremely interesting ways; it is a re-treated fibre made using PET bottles. The bottles are processed using an innovative technology that reduces both energy consumption and CO2 emissions up to 40% when compared to the production of new materials. Issey Miyake’s artistic vision, applied to the new 3D mathematical process, combines the Japanese tradition of light with Miyake’s unique ability to translate tradition into modernity. Artemide animates these sustainable and striking shapes using LED lighting, today’s most relevant sustainable technology.”
The Miyake Design Studio, established by clothing designer Issey Miyake in 1970, has devoted itself to making clothing that challenges preconceived ideas of design by using traditional artisans’ techniques, as well as the latest technologies. The idea behind our endeavors is the goal to try to ‘make things that bring joy, excitement as well as comfort to people’s everyday lives.’ Design is ever in motion, never static. We pursue new ideas and always search for new ways by which design can serve our needs in the present. We achieve this, only by promoting curiosity and an open exchange of feelings and ideas.