As part of a series of ongoing experiments that examine building techniques, manufacturing improvements, innovative uses and design variations for molo’s family of flexible partition, seating and lighting systems, a new method for suspending cloud softlight is in development.
cloud softlight is a lighting system that can be suspended in four sizes of individual pendants or as as clustered modules of multiple pendants. cloud clusters can be hung in many possible configurations, tailored to the individual space they are shaping to create a luminous, textural canopy overhead. cloud also has strong sound absorption characteristics, similar to a thick piece of fibreglass, and can be used as an effective acoustical treatment.
By adding variation to a serially produced product, new uses arise – this allows the manufacturing process to be relatively static, but refined over time. This kind of subtle variation precludes the necessity of new manufacturing equipment or facilities for new products – sustainability at its most basic. Hands-on making has always been fundamental to our design process and is an integral part of these explorations. Evolution comes about through making things – much of our designing comes directly from modeling, often at 1:1.
cloud softlight is produced using white non-woven textile (polyethylene) which is 100% recyclable. Polyethylene is highly tear, UV and water resistant – making it durable to handle and maintain. Commonly used in food packaging, polyethylene is recycled more than any other plastic application. The lightweight, high-strength honeycomb structure allows for an economical use of material, recognizing the value of responsible material choices. cloud uses a low-energy LED ribbon that is available in warm and daylight colours.