Hungarian designer Zsuzsanna Horvath has created the ‘Illan’ suspension lamp for Luceplan. It is composed of a very light body made with extremely thin, flexible plywood, cut by laser along densely packed equidistant lines and hung from the ceiling.
The entire project is based on the principle of sustainability. The lamp structure is made with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood, sourced from forests managed in a correct, responsible way in keeping with rigorous environmental, social and economic standards. Besides using sustainable materials, the entire process of development and life cycle of the product is guided by an ecologically responsible approach.
Driven by ecological processes, the number of components has been reduced to a minimum and adopts a production process having a low environmental impact. This guarantees a minimal and light packaging, which saves material and shipping costs. High-efficiency LED light sources, and dimmer systems guarantee perceptible savings in terms of electrical energy.
"The idea of the lamp comes from experimentation with models of laser cutting applied to different materials. Sheets of paper and wood are cut geometrically, take on new characteristics, suspended by the force of gravity." Explains Zsuzsanna Horvath
For Zsuzsanna, technological innovation and research on materials formed the basis for the development of this product. The lamp is composed of a very light body made with extremely thin, flexible plywood, cut by laser along densely packed equidistant lines. Once suspended from the ceiling, Illan takes on volume thanks to the force of gravity and assumes its characteristic form that floats in the air. The lamp comes in multiple sizes up to one meter in diameter.
Translucency, flexibility and a delicate undulated movement are the distinctive characteristics of the Illan lamp. The simple concentric cutting motif shapes the wood into a three-dimensional sculptural object that reacts to the slightest sign of the air. Simultaneously, the warm glow of the light creates a relaxing sensation, reflecting on the wooden surface in harmonious resonance.
In Hungarian, the term Illan indicates something temporary and fleeting, whose beauty, according to Zsuzsanna Horvath, has to be immediately grasped, without letting ourselves get distracted by the frenetic pace of everyday life - like a fragrance that fades in time, or a sensation to capture before it slips away.
Zsuzsanna explains “The lamp is on the borderline between art and design, balancing functional quality, good looks and a bit of the magic we need in our everyday life.”
Zsuzsanna Horvath is a designer and architect with a strong background in furniture design, constructing various outdoor installations and public building design. She worked as an architect in Finland for several years, contributing to projects like the Logomo Concert Hall in Turku. Subsequently, she decided to pursue studies in the field of product and spatial design at Aalto University and graduated in 2018. Since then she resides in Denmark, where she runs her own architecture and design studio.
Product: Illan Pendant Light
Designer: Zsuzsanna Horvath