House of Thol x Ay Illuminate
Dutch design lighting brand Ay Illuminate is well-known for their collection of eclectic handmade lightshades that are consciously produced in social projects all over the world.
House of Thol was asked to design a sustainable lighting so called lightshade that could be handmade in collaboration with a Dutch social enterprise providing employment for people with and without disabilities.
The lightshades come in two models named after two types of small, charming birds: Wren and Kiwi.
Each model comes in both M size (D44 x H48/52 cm) and L size (D56 x H60/64 cm) and we created one XL showstopper (D98 x H84 cm).
Contemporary Minimalist or Natural Eclectic
Looking for a contemporary circular lightshade or a natural eclectic piece?
With Wren and Kiwi sustainable lighting, you can go both ways.
The white series is made with perforated strips of (98%) recycled aluminum, the layering of the perforations creating a subtle moiré effect and filtered ambient lighting.
The bamboo series is produced with made-to-fit bamboo strips, sourced from one of the other Ay Illuminate projects. The warm glow of the light shining through the bamboo highlights its natural knots and imperfections, creating a unique piece every time.
Lovinlgy handmade sustainable lighting
The Ecoplex frames are CnC lasered at Nijmegen based company Samosa and shipped flat-pack to the workshop.
Once there, each piece is lightly sanded before being assembled by hand and without needing tools or any kind of fastener like glue or screws.
After the assembly of the frame, each individual strip is carefully woven through it to and folded back to create a natural clamp.
Building them this way, means the Wren & Kiwi lightshades are reparable and can be taken apart into separate materials for an efficient recycling process when needed.
Wren M: 44 cm (w), 52cm (h)
Wren L: 56 cm (w), 64 cm (h)
Kiwi M: 44 cm (w), 48cm (h)
Kiwi L: 56 cm (w), 60 cm (h)
XL: 98 cm (w), 84 cm (h)
Sustainable Lighting Production
The Eco Poplar frames are all CnC lasered at Samosa, based in the former Honig factory, one of the industrial landmarks of the city of Nijmegen.
At Tomin Group
The assembly of the aluminum shades is handled at Tomingroep, Almere. This social enterprise provides employment for people with and without disabilities.
At the House of Thol headquarters
Both the bamboo shades as well as the XL specials are produced by hand in our workshop with some helping hands from close by.
About Ay Illuminate
Ay Illuminate is a Dutch sustainable lighting brand well known for her large eclectic lighting with natural structures, shapes and materials.
Quality is found in persistent cooperation. Ay Illuminates works with artisans with unique competence throughout Asia, Africa and Europe.
For more, check ayilluminate.com
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