A Sculpture Of Shadow And Light: Issey Miyake’s Stunning Lighting

Beauty lies not in objects, but in the interaction between the shadow and light created by objects. Junichiro Tanizaki ‘ In Praise of Shadows’


“IN-EI” – Japanese for “Shadow, Shadiness, Nuance” is the core concept behind a new range of lights by designer Issey Miyake. Their graceful simplicity belies the fascinating technology behind them…


Developed as part of an on-going design concept called 132.5 by Miyake’s research and development team, Reality Lab; the sculptural forms of the shades are created using a mathematical program with 3-D geometric principals. This process results in single pieces of flat, folded fabric becoming 3-D shapes or garments.


Miyake’s team have taken this ingenious process, to lighting experts Artemide and applied it to produce the IN-EI series of lights.


Ecologically responsible, the fabric for the shades is derived entirely from recycled materials, diffusing light in more interesting ways that traditional fabric.


Miyake’s unique folding technology allows beautifully sculptured shapes and statuesque forms to be created when the shades are ‘opened’ and the structure of the recycled material allows the shades to keep their shape without the need for any internal frame.


With space in your home being an ever-increasing luxury, these beautiful lights can easily be ‘refolded’ and stored flat when not in use.


Prices range from £140 – £1380 and the range is available from Issey Miyake’s flagship store on London’s Conduit Street. A show-stopping display of the lighting range can be seen in the window of Miyake’s store until March 25th.


Beauty, technology and eco-responsibility are all rolled together in the IN-EI lights and one of the lights, Tatsuno-Otoshigo is featured in the ‘Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things’ exhibition at the Design Museum.


Words: Andrea Webster

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