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KNIT Lighting: A Unique Lighting Experience Crafted out of Recycled PET


FutureWave is a Belgium based product agency founded by designers and engineers with a passion for cutting-edge technology. With a deep background in design, technology, and digital fields, it is their goal to offer an integrated service for applications in automotive, electronics, furniture, lighting among other markets. The agency’s combined competencies allow them to work together, gather their skills, and tackle in detail every aspect in the conception of a qualitative product. KIT Lighting is one of their latest creatures, which made us decide to take a deeper dive into FutureWave.

FutureWave: Crafting Unique Experiences

FutureWave tightly combines designers and engineers to craft unique experiences. From the initial idea to final production of the parts, the agency focuses on the design and development of its products on innovation, aesthetics, interactions and performances by coupling designers and engineers over the whole process. KNIT Lighting is one of their latest concepts, fully produced by using advanced 3D printing technologies.

Image of 3D printed Knit lighting, design by Joachim Froment, FutureWave Agency
Credits: KNIT lighting, design by Joachim Froment, FutureWave Agency.

KNIT Lighting: Designed to Build Emotions

The KNIT lighting solution is made out of recycled PET. The closed-loop shape of this light is meant to work in correlation with 3D printing. The structure of the object follows a “vase-mode” process in order to print continuously without interruption. This process saves time and energy. The organic and soft curves of the light are in contrast with repetitive perpendicular stratification lines marked by the printer, which play a role in the refraction of the light. The process is part of the aesthetic language of the object and manifests the importance attached to its materials.

Design Approaches for innovative Technologies

According to Joachim Froment, Co-Founder of the agency and designer of ‘KNIT Lighting’, it was quite a challenge to design the Knit lighting because the idea was to deform the linear LED source into a more organic curve. Around this project, the main concept was to play around with the refraction of the light.

KNIT Lighting used in a residential setting. The light vibrates such as in traditional crystal chandeliers. Credits: FutureWave Agency

Froment loved to see how the light vibrates in traditional chandeliers made in crystal. So, he was wondering if it was possible to use recycled plastic and new 3D printing technologies to reproduce a contemporary version of the same principle of light refraction. Initially, he found it was nearly impossible. It was rather an instinct, a dream combined with some material and technology understandings. But it is through the making and the ongoing experiments that eventually it happened to become a physical product. Products communicate stories starting in the early process of the making, which is very important to consider when designing for a new lighting concept.

Discover more about the KNIT lighting concept at the FutureWave website.