The new LINON pendant luminaire: a combination of sustainable materials and patterns inspired by design icons
With its simple circular form, the new LINON pendant luminaire is designed to stylishly harmonise with the Thonet product range, while offering a further unique touch: the patterns on the linen shades also subtly reference icons from the brand’s famous portfolio. Together with the new KUULA and LUM 50 lamps, LINON represents a further step in Thonet’s directional concept for holistic living environments. Inspired by classic yet current forms and by patterns such as the wickerwork of the Vienna coffee house chair or the silhouette of Mart Stam’s cantilever chair, designer Andrea Scholz has created two powerful motifs for the lampshade: the recurring patterns printed on linen create a dynamic impression that makes LINON an eye-catching addition to any living or meeting room.
Designer Andrea Scholz of the Berlin design studio Koivuu drew on a personal passion for classic Thonet furniture when creating these two ‘homage’ motifs, the origins of which become clear only on closer examination. For the “Wickerwork” pattern, these impressive, height-adjustable cylindrical lampshades are decorated with multiple overlaid ‘pixels’ reminiscent of the caned seating of certain bentwood and tubular steel Thonet classics. This model is available in two colour versions, subtle, earthy neutral tones, or a bolder combination of green and yellow. When taking a closer look at the “Cantilever” pattern, the softly waving lines against a petrol or black background emerge to reveal themselves as the tubular steel outlines of the iconic cantilever S 43 chair. LINON thus naturally refers to the Thonet tradition while enhancing the brand’s collection of upholstered furniture, tables and chairs in a contemporary and intriguing way.
The fine natural linen used for the lampshade is silkscreen-printed by hand – one of the oldest print craft methods – and with environmentally friendly inks. The cultivation of the flax and the production of the ink production dispense with any chemical ingredients. The slight irregularities resulting from working with natural materials lend LINON its special character and make each lamp one of a kind.
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