Barrisol Infinite Loop
Stretched fabric lighting
We worked with Barrisol which is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of suspended ceilings. Their material lights up and gives the impression that the ceiling they create is at one with the building where it is installed, also offering an element of acoustic attenuation.
The intent of the collaboration between Barrisol and our studio was to find a new market share of medium scale ‘out of the box’ products, expanding their offering of large scale custom lighting and ceilings.
Studying in depth the stretching properties of the material, we found that it had the ability to take the form of minimal surfaces, as they are called in the field of mathematics. This means that even if the canvas is flat, when it is cut and assembled with high accuracy, it allows for creation of volumetric three-dimensional shapes. The aim of this project is to illustrate the inherent value of this material using innovative manufacturing technologies, such as digital cutting or digitally controlled three-dimensional folding machines, for a high level of accuracy on an architectural scale. Thanks to the stretching properties of the material studied in the first version of the design, the result is uniformly-illuminated large objects. An optional micro perforated acoustic membrane absorbs the intensity of the sound waves as they reflect within a room, enhancing the acoustic qualities of the spaces they inhabit.
The Infinite Loop is a highly volumetric, three-dimensional light object created from a perfect synergy between the stretch material, LED lighting and metal framework. The aluminium frame is built out of a single continuous metal loop, which holds the LED strip light source. The surrounding Barrisol skin forms a ‘moebius type’ form. Three different types of loops, ranging from horizontal to vertical structures, have potential for customization. This makes them adaptable for a wide variety of architectural spaces, including hotel lobbies, halls and high-rise atriums.
- Ross Lovegrove