Chlorophilia luminaire from Artemide: design inspired by nature using PLEXIGLAS® molding compound
PLEXIGLAS® offers designers virtually unlimited freedom due to the material’s outstanding formability
When turned on, the Chlorophilia lamp made by the renowned Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide creates a swaying canopy of leaves, creating an interplay of light and shadow on the ceiling.
The heart of the light design of Chlorophilia are the “leaves”: The gently wavy surfaces with curved contours and a honeycomb-like structure imitate lush foliage. They are manufactured in an injection molding process using PLEXIGLAS® molding compound – a proven material with a long tradition in the lighting industry.
Along with its high degree of transparency, the brand polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) from Röhm also boasts excellent flowability and surface reproduction accuracy, allowing a very good replication of the delicate structures in the thin “leaves” of Chlorophilia. “PLEXIGLAS® offers designers virtually endless freedom when it comes to shapes and textures,” says Siamak Djafarian, Head of the Molding Compounds business unit at Röhm GmbH. Lighting manufacturers can also take full advantage of the broad product range with tailored lighting properties offered by PLEXIGLAS® for a broad spectrum of lighting applications.
“In nature, the green plant pigment chlorophyll absorbs the energy of light. But here, Chlorophilia and PLEXIGLAS® emit light and positive energy,” says Djafarian. This luminaire, as an unusually designed sculpture made of PLEXIGLAS®, is also quite the eye-catcher even when turned off.“