DuraPulp Turns Paper and Corn Into a Task Light

DuraPulp Turns Paper and Corn Into a Task Light

Sonia Zjawinski
Apr 21, 2010

This lamp's looks aren't the only thing it has going for it. If you can believe it, it's made out of paper and corn. Well, that may be simplifying it a wee bit, but you're pretty much looking at an LED light made out of sandwiched pieces of pulp and starch.

The W101 debuted at last week's Milan Design Week to many oohs and aahs, but it's how this unique lamp was made that's super interesting. It's structure is sculpted out of something called DuraPulp, a mix of paper pulp and starch polymer (a biodegradable plastic made of corn starch). Both are 100 percent renewable fibers that are also fully biodegradable. Sandwiched sheets of DuraPulp make this light's shape, while a collection of four LEDs built in with asymmetric reflectors and an asymmetric diffuser warms up the light and provides for a more concentrated beam.

Swedish multi-disciplinary design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune teamed up with lighting company Wästberg on this particular DuraPulp project, but CKR has worked with Södra and its new material before. Last year they made a series of colorful children's chairs, pictured below, together.

via Dezeen via 3rings

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