DESIGN BOX – Light and materiality collide with Knit, the ultimate lighting design collection by Meike Harde for Barcelona-based architectural lighting brand Vibia. The design consists of a single knitted lycra sleeve stretched out over a seemingly flattened sphere. Light seeps outwards through the fabric and downwards through a translucent diffuser, bathing the surrounding space in an intimate glow.
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“Part of the research process was testing different types of meshes and observing how the light passes through, how it reflects off the surface.” Explains Meike Harde. Knit creates an atmosphere of warmth and comfort through texture and tangibility. Its distinguishing lycra covering is stitched into ribs using a technique called “technical knitting.” Found primarily in sportswear, 3D volumes are knitted in one piece by complex machines. The distinctive geometry and meticulous craftsmanship of each silhouette are complemented by a seamless transition between fabric, diffuser, and aluminium ring casing.
Meike Harde founded her eponymous studio in 2013. “We are increasingly active for international notable furniture brands like Bolia, Prostoria, Woud, Pulpo, and many more. Meticulous in every aspect of our work, we share technical skills and fine knowledge of materials to create visually light and constructively smart designs.” Common materials appear in new contexts, and our language of shapes overcomes established forms – resulting in upholstery, lighting, or other furniture.
Vibia is a Spanish architectural lighting brand based in Barcelona that operates in 80 countries across the globe. The company produces lamps that allow everyone to interpret environments and spaces personally, thanks to a wide range of lighting fixtures that fit every style, but all are characterised by innovative design, creativity, and good taste.
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