Iskos Berlin: TutuPosted: March 2, 2012
One part happenstance and one part design, the Tutu hanging lights’ bi-layered materials fold on themselves in production creating a skirt-like effect such as the dancer’s tutu. As a woman’s slip accidentally peeks out from underneath a tailored dress, the under-layers of the Tutu lamps expose themselves in accenting colors. Standing below the lamp, that same accent becomes a focal color, but maybe it’s best to mind your manners and keep your eyes down.
From Iskos Berlin: Tutu is the name for a dancing skirt composed of several layers of fabric. There is a clear image from childhood fixed in my memory – my mother putting me to bed and covering the lamp with a piece of clothing to dim the lights. Perhaps it was her skirt, or a shawl. And if one layer was not enough, she threw another on top. Later the mother of my own children did the same… A basic, straight forward and relaxed way to create a lampshade – just a couple of layers of fabric thrown over the light! Our Tutu lamp shade is made solely out of polyester felt, mainly produced using fibre derived from recycled plastic bottles. Two preheated mats of polyester felt are pressed in a mould that partly controls them and partly lets them “decide” their own shape – the material simply folds in its own unique way. As it cools, the felt stiffens and retains the shape. No subsequent trimming, no waste, no surface treatment required – it is ready to be removed from the mould.