Benjamin Hubert’s design studio Layer has created a range of cocoon-like pendant lamps, called Strand, for Danish furniture brand Muuto. The collection comprises four elegant pendant lights constructed from a nely crafted steel frame over which an innovative cocooning material has been sprayed.
The Strand collection was driven by a desire to create a series of lamps with expressive yet simple contemporary forms using a minimal amount of material. The lightweight and fine steel framework is covered with a very thin yet robust brous material to create a form with a large volume and small material impact.
The Strand collection is informed by the softly rectilinear forms of archetypal industrial lighting often used in public spaces. By using a neutral palette of materials, these forms are adapted for a wide range of interior environments, from domestic to hospitality and commercial.
Strand is available in four different sizes and shapes, which can be hung individually or clustered together to create a statement installation. Both individually and together, the lamps appear to hover lightly in space, bringing harmony and a refined sensitivity to any room. The neutral white palette emphasises the form and materiality.
The Strand collection will be launched at the Muuto space on the second floor of Heal’s furniture store in Bloomsbury, London, during London Design Festival. The installation, also designed by Layer, reflects the simplicity and materiality of the product and makes the most of the light-filled space. A translucent curtain material hangs over the large windows, diffusing natural light into the interior and giving the impression of being inside one of the Strand lamps. The space is divided into two – a domestic living setting that showcases individual lamps; and a large statement “cluster” installation in the main entrance.
“We are proud to be the first British designers to work with renowned Scandinavian design brand Muuto. As a brand, they are aligned with our ambition to create simple and accessible design that can be owned by many and seamlessly integrated into the home. With Strand, we have created a collection of softly voluminous pendant lamps that exude gentleness and sensitivity,” says Benjamin Hubert, founder of Layer studio.