When it comes to designing a new product, sometimes it’s not about creating something entirely new but about finding ways to make an existing product more sustainable. In the case of Nuclée lamps , the “light bulb idea” evolved from traditional methods of using banana fiber. After having the chance to meet and learn from the Kavalan Indigenous tribe, designer Dorian Etienne, in collaboration with designer Cordélia Faure, decided to rely on the ancestral techniques to create banana light coverings. The French designers came up with the concept and produced it during a six-month residency at the National Taiwan Craft Research Institute (N.T.C.R.I.) in Taiwan. The final process honors the way the tribe members, located near Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan, have relied on the fiber to make their traditional clothing, bags and containers for generations. Typically, banana flesh creates large amounts of waste, but with a specific refining technique, the potential waste is instead turned into a stable plant tissue. The resulting fiber ranges in color from white to dark brown, and the variations create eye-catching patterns in the light. Each fiber brings its own unique look, so no two lights are exactly the same. The […]

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