Iridescent Fiber Pattern Lamps inspired by Dragonfly wings

Atelier Robotiq uses an Aerospace fiber weaving technology to make lightweight Fiber Pattern Lamps. With an industrial robot the thin fibers are precisely woven into geometrical structures. At Salone del Mobile in Milan, Atelier Robotiq will present their new designs inspired by the lightness and iridescent colours of dragonfly and butterfly wings.

Numerous butterflies and dragonflies were observed for new pattern and colour inspiration. The lightweight and transparent wing structure of the dragonfly shows fragile with its thin lines and membranes, but this minimalistic design of nature is perfectly balanced. Appearing transparent at first, a change of view unveils an amazing spectrum of iridescent colours. This inspired the designers of Atelier Robotiq to experiment with more open fiber patterns, as well as a variety of colours and pigments to mimic the iridescent effect of the wings on the fibers.

In Milan, the results of all experiments, the Iridescent Fiber Pattern Lamps, will be presented together with the robotic weaving process used for making these designs. The designs will be presented in the Dutch Pavilion, as part of the collective presentation ‘Masterly – The Dutch in Milano’, held in the historical Pallazo Francesco Turati.

Atelier Robotiq Atelier Robotiq is a design studio from Rotterdam, founded by designers Søren Blomaard, Dimitrios Iakovou and Anne-Lise Heydra. Their different approach to design lies in the diverse combination of knowledge and their different backgrounds combining aerospace engineering, product design, fine arts and robotics.

Atelier Robotiq currently experiments with robotic weaving techniques for creating geometrical patterns, interference patterns and Moiré patterns. They transform dry industrial fibers into strong and lightweight structures, which they use in their furniture designs. Imagine a 100-meters long fiber cord, being woven around a shape by an industrial robot, creating a strong and lightweight Lamp. One of their first designs is the UFO shaped Fiber Pattern Lamp. Weighing only 95 grams (while measuring 61 centimeters in diameter) it literally floats in the air with a breeze of wind. The open fiber structures of the Fiber Pattern Lamps create fascinating light and shadow effects.

You can watch a video of their work and process here.