Biodegradable Roll Lampshade by Samuli Naamanka
by Harry / September 7, 2010

Lighting design legend Ingo Maurer was the curator of the first EcoDesign prize awarded at this year's Habitare EcoDesign exhibition in Finland. The prize was split between four designers including Samuli Naamanka (above) for his Biodegradable Roll lampshade made of sugar.


The most surprising part of the Biodegradable Roll lamp shade is something you can't readily see - the material it's made of: polylactic acid made out of starch sugar.

"Ingo Maurer considered Naamanka's work the most ecological in the entire exhibition. Furthermore, one of the strengths of the lamp shade is the minor need for material and the ease of production and transportation. By using different types of lamps with the shade, one can easily change the ambience."

Three other lights were also selected by Maurer for the EcoDesign prize,


Licht der Stiftung by Henrik Enbom, made of tin cans and was noted for its recycling-related theme and Do It Yourself spirit. "In addition, Ingo Maurer appreciated the playfulness and uniqueness of the lighting fixture."


Fullcolourform Ball by Heath Nash made of recycled plastic waste. "Maurer praised the concept, the activation of the community in the production process by involving them in picking and sorting of scraps, the usage of recycled material, and the design potential of the lighting fixture."

.... and the Ecomode by Julien De Smedt (not shown) that opens new perspectives into the excessive use of light in public transport. "The bus stop lightning solution that only switches on when a passenger arrives at the stop was praised by Ingo Maurer for its brilliant energy saving concept and the ambience created by the gradually brightening light."



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