Claude by Annika Frye
Published on January 22, 2014
This pendant light is made in a DIY-rotational molding machine. It was originally a test – shape that Annika Frye designed to experiment with her DIY- rotational molding machine. The lampshade is made from a polymer plaster. A mold is filled with the plaster and than rotated; due to the rotation the plaster sticks to all parts of the mold and a wall thickness emerges. The seam of the molding process is still visible in the product, so are the irregularities of casting process.
After some months of experimentation with different shapes and additives such as wood or textiles, she decided to use one test shape to improve the process. Annika Frye tested all kinds of mixtures of polymer plaster with her test shape and she also did some color experiments. Annika Frye started to write down everything she did, like laboratory workers do.
The outcome of the color and material experimentation is a simple lampshade: The molding process compromises three steps with different layers and different colors. The drops inside the lampshade refer to the movement of the machine. The lampshade comes in different colors: green, white and red. It has a smooth surface on the outside, it is sanded and covered with a protective layer of vaseline.
Because of the irregular material thickness, the lamp needs a special fixture that enables the user to adjust the lampshade. The fixture is made from sandblasted plexiglass. The special fixture also determines the form of the lampshade: a bigger hole is necessary at the top of the shade in order to adjust the lampshade, the light passes through. The fixture works as a diffusor.
Annika Frye developed the project at HFG Offenbach, as part of her PhD-Project.
The rotomolded light has changed its name to »CLAUDE« (like the experimentator Claude Bernard or Claude Lévi-Strauss, anthropologist who also wrote about »bricolage«) and is now edited by french company HARTÔ. She is still making the lamps herself.
CLAUDE is edited by french furniture brand HARTÔ
Video by Tania Ost.