Outstanding design and its makers: lamp “Mesh”

Once a year, the jury of the Red Dot Award: Product Design awards objects with high quality design. In 2016, only 1.5 percent of around 5,200 entries received the highest distinction “Red Dot: Best of the Best”. It goes to the best products of a category like the lamp Mesh.

Based on experimentation with the potential of LEDs, a technology that permits separation into very small units, this lamp embodies an innovative interpretation of familiar chandeliers. It fascinates with a lightweight, almost transparent looking structure composed of a network of metal cables and with the LEDs artistically positioned at their intersections. This remarkable construction method conceals the complexity of the lamp and virtually dematerialises it.

Evocative overall atmosphere as well as dramatic lighting effects

In addition, it also permits users a high degree of freedom in the control of the lamp’s luminance: not only is the intensity adjustable, it is also possible to choose which sectors to illuminate – an upper ring, the lower zone or a lateral sector can be illuminated by just one of the LEDs. By delivering the option to choose between different scenarios for individual light aesthetics, the Mesh suspension lamp can generate both an evocative overall atmosphere as well as dramatic lighting effects: “The design of the Mesh lamp reinterprets the chandelier in a consistently smart manner. The reduction to just a few basic elements made it emerge with an emotionalising design appearance. New materials combine with the potential offered by LED technology, leading to spectacular lighting results. The overly filigree design of this lamp lends itself to the creation of enchanting atmospheres in both classic and modern architectural spaces.”

The outstanding design achievement is made by Francisco Gomez Paz for Luceplan. Red Dot talked to the award-winning designer from Italy.

Red Dot: What was your goal when you designed your award-winning product?
Francisco Gomez Paz:
I wanted to design a lighting fixture by decomposing the spatial arrangement of tiny LED units, distributing them to optimise the diffusion of light and empowering each of them with complete independence from the others. For the arrangement of the light nodes I used parameters based on the Fibonacci sequence. A net of wires with a steel heart constitutes the structure that holds every LED node creating an X&Y-based mesh. Thus, it is possible to independently control each of the 120 LEDs.

What inspires you?
Curiosity is my muse and guide.

What are the challenges in your everyday work?
Finding beauty in the solution of problems.

The Red Dot Award: Product Design starts on 24 October 2016.