This stringy chandelier is all about its very long cord

To any home-owner or renter, cords can instill a way of disgrace. So we drill holes in our drywall and purchase difficult “cable management systems,” simply to squirrel wires away each time attainable. However what if a cord was so stunning that it turned an object price cherishing unto itself?

[Photo: courtesy Formafantasma]

That’s the motivation behind WireLine, an avant-garde gentle fixture for the lighting firm Flos by Amsterdam-based design agency Studio Formafantasma. As an alternative of a steel or ceramic body, WireLine’s complete physique consists of a draping, 10-foot wire hung from the ceiling as a large U. In the midst of this wire lives a single glass rod stuffed with LED bulbs. It’s minimal design to make certain, as every of its elements is integral to the sunshine’s perform. But it feels something however sleepy, thanks largely to that long, distinctive energy cable, which is coated in rubber and flattened like a flowing ribbon. Two spherical anchors—one hooks into energy, and the opposite merely gives help—cling to the ceiling to droop all the construction in air. Sure, which means WireLine requires you to have an outlet in your ceiling.

[Photo: Tommaso Sartori/courtesy Formafantasma]

It’s troublesome to flatly label the design inexperienced, given {that a} bulb in a socket might technically do the identical job of lighting up a room. However nonetheless, WireLine does showcase Formafantasma’s ongoing obsession with highlighting and minimizing each materials that goes into its merchandise. Previously, the studio created a predecessor to WireLine known as the WireRing, which took an identical wire-first strategy to illumination, however as a substitute of that includes a big glass bulb within the air, it hid a tiny LED in an aluminum circle in your wall.

[Photo: Tommaso Sartori/courtesy Formafantasma]

Past their work on bodily merchandise, the studio has additionally spent years researching design’s function in producing extra waste. This work led them to launch a 25-minute documentary on the matter, and counsel concrete steps the design business might take to decrease its environmental footprint, equivalent to standardizing screws. And whereas timber is having a second as a constructing materials, they weighed in on the tough problem of sourcing wooden within the provide chain as a part of a present known as Cambio.


[Photo: Tommaso Sartori/courtesy Formafantasma]

As for the WireLine, the fixture is presently accessible in the U.K., and Flos expects it to go on sale within the U.S. in mid-Might 2021 for $4,395. Till then, nevertheless, preserve these cords hidden!