Design – In Hungarian, the term illan indicates something temporary and fleeting, whose beauty “has to be immediately grasped, without letting ourselves get distracted by the frenetic pace of everyday life,” says Zsuzsanna Horvath. For Italian lighting design brand Luceplan, the Hungarian designer has developed an ethereal pendant lamp “that seems to fade in time like a fragrance or a sensation to capture before it slips away.”
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“The idea of the lamp comes from experimentation with models of laser cutting applied to different materials.” Indeed, Illan is composed of a body made with extremely thin, flexible plywood, cut by laser along densely packed equidistant lines. As it hangs from the ceiling, the body unfolds creating a volume defined by gravity.
The design is so light that it undulates with the movement of the air. The warm LED light source positioned in the upper part of the body generates a very comfortably, relaxing diffused light.
“The lamp is on the borderline between art and design, balancing functional quality, good looks and a bit of the magic we need in our everyday life.” Says Zsuzsanna Horvath. The lamp comes flatpack and is available in multiple sizes up to one meter in diameter.
Illan was presented as a prototype at last year Salone satellite. Luceplan, always with an eye on new talents in the world of design, immediately understood the potential of the very poetic, direct approach of Zsuzsanna Horvath, and teamed up with the designer to put in production.
Zsuzsanna Horvath is a designer and architect with a strong background in furniture design. After working as an architect in Finland for several years, she decided to pursue studies in the field of product and spatial design at the Aalto University and graduated in 2018. Since then she resides in Denmark, where she runs her own architecture and design studio.
- All images: courtesy of Luceplan.