The Danish design brand Mater have moved their designs forward, when incorporating modern lighting technology into their new lamp series Ray. Designed by the duo PEDERJESSEN, Ray is an example of how technological developments enable different design decisions.
“One of the most admirable traits with the design from PEDERJESSEN is that the duo has tried to work with modern technology in order to incorporate wood. It’s inspiring, when we can sustain wood as the focal point of our products – also when it comes to lamps”, says CEO and founder of Mater, Henrik Marstrand.
At Mater, design, craftsmanship and ethics are key words in creating a design brand that makes great design. In its mission to act out their principles and put the emphasis on design and craftsmanship, Mater teamed up with the Danish design duo PEDERJESSEN, consisting of design engineers Søren Pedersen and Lasse Jessen. PEDERJESSEN is inspired by two things. One is new technology – and they continuously try to explore the boundaries of how new technology can add value to their designs.
The human body is the other point of inspiration for the duo, which in the case of the Ray lamp resulted in a ball joint inspired by the moving joints from human physiology. The whole ball joint utilises magnetic materials, enabling the wooden core to move freely while still being safely attached to the rest of the lamp.
“The main idea was to design a lamp, where you can direct the light in a specific direction. At the same time, we wanted to create a design that had an element of warmth to it. That’s why we chose wood as a material”, says Lasse Jessen.
The light source has been crucial in the past: incandescent bulbs and halogen sources emitted heat, which called for small holes at the top of the shade for letting hot air move away from the lamp. With LED technology, heat and hot air are no longer issues, so PEDERJESSEN and Mater could close the construction and choose wood as a main material – a decision Marstrand and the rest of Mater were very fond of.
“Because wood is the primary element in our collection, it’s a joy that we can mix the Ray series into our current assortment. There’s a possibility that it would have worked out with porcelain or marble, but when the opportunity was present, we opted for wood”, says Henrik Marstrand.
Pushing Prototypes Further
Having access to fine workshop facilities makes PEDERJESSEN capable of bringing a design, such as the Ray lamp, further into the development process, before collaborators, such as Mater, take part. And because the prototypes are relatively close to the final stages of the product, it eliminates a lot of surprises that might appear later on in the process, according to Søren Pedersen.
“At the same time, the well-built prototypes we create act as proof of concept for stakeholders and other players that are to invest in our designs”, says Søren Pedersen; he exemplifies his argument by explaining how nobody will invest in a prototype chair if it breaks when you sit on it.
Henrik Marstrand from Mater agrees, while admiring PEDERJESSEN’s ability to bring their designs so far. As a manufacturer, Marstand and his team have a guarantee that PEDERJESSEN have thought the whole product through. In other development processes, Marstand usually takes part in the design decisions earlier on, which makes the whole process longer.
“I believe it’s because of their practical approach, making the process more effective and faster than other development processes”, concludes Henrik Marstrand.
The Ray series from Mater is available as a table lamp, a wall lamp and a pendant lamp.