Saturday, February 6, 2010

IQ Light

IQ lightTM is a self assembly lighting system made up of interlocking quadrilaterals.
Lamps of various shapes and sizes can be constructed by linking together the identical elements.

The IQ lightTM system was designed in 1972 by Danish designer Holger Strøm, who was then working at the Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland.

He was originally asked to create a modular construction for a cylindrical and a spherical lamp, both to appear to be the same size, to be used in a Christmas display.

Designer Holger Strøm started taking an interest in the rhombic polyhedrons in the early 1970s while he was employed by the Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland.

As a packaging designer he used cardboard and paper for his experiments in search of the polygon best suited as an element for building lampshades.

The rhombus was chosen as the basic element, and the rhombic triacontahedron as the geometric model for the construction.
Assembly needed to be as simple as possible, and after several experiments a hook was placed in each corner of the rhombus, the hooks being connected in pairs by a soft curve. Regardless of whether three, four, or five elements meet, the corners form decorative circles.

It was also desirable that the same element could cope with different degrees of contortion depending on the size and shape of the lamp. The material needed to be more pliable than cardboard and stronger than paper. The material was also required to admit most possible light while avoiding glare from the bulb.

Experiments with pliable sheet plastic allowed a new possibility: tension within the element. When a plane is curved in one direction, it becomes more rigid in the other direction.

The tension was created by lengthening two opposing sides, so they would curve out when hooked together and thereby give the two other sides the rigidity necessary for a 3-dimensional construction.
Because of the flexible elements, both flat and sharply curved surfaces can be formed. The openings ventilate the bulb and help diffuse the light without showing the bulb.

The tension in the material allows the elements to grasp the flex so tightly that no other means of mounting is required.
The shape of the element gave an incredible degree of variation in form and size.

Since the late sixties, Holger Strøm has worked primarily in the field of corrugated card packaging design. As well as packaging, he has also designed exhibition systems, furniture and toys, all manufactured from corrugated card, and has worked on the development of parametric CAD systems for box design. He lives with his wife and daughter in Birkerød, Denmark, where he runs a packaging design studio.

The trade name IQ lightTM refers to the geometry: Interlocking Quadrilaterals, and not as you might think: Intelligence Quotient. Have fun! 

Material: PVC sheet
Colour: White
Diameter: 12 in
Price: S$57 (US$43, 3700¥)
You can buy online too and we ship internationally.

IQ Light is also available now at TotallyHotStuff at The Cathay.

Wire and bulb set can be bought in most electrical shops and at your local IKEA stores.

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