yasuhiro suzuki spins silk cocoons into light fixtures yasuhiro suzuki spins silk cocoons into light fixtures
jul 14, 2014

yasuhiro suzuki spins silk cocoons into light fixtures

yasuhiro suzuki spins silk cocoons into light fixtures
all images courtesy of yasuhiro suzuki




‘re-cocoon’ is a project by yasuhiro suzuki that features lampshades directly moulded from silk cocoons. the idea for the work derived from the designer’s curiosity of silk as an architectural material. through thorough research on the textile’s production and advantages, he realized that it is extremely lightweight, heat resistant, and durable. what has resulted is a series of lighting fixtures created through the use of a custom-built machine with a power drill that grabs strands from the cocoons placed below in a boiling pot of water. the strings are then rotated around a formwork, undulating or rigid, that negotiates the way that the lamp will be illuminated. afterwards, it is removed from the instrument and maintains its shape by utilizing a natural glue-like protein called sericin. for the process, suzuki said, ‘I can continually spin approximately 1.5 kilometers of fiber from each cocoon, which allows me to then produce these lamps. each lamp is completed only from the natural properties of silk. therefore, this light is biodegradable and this project is sustainable.’ 


video courtesy of yasuhiro suzuki

yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
the cocoons are boiled and placed on the machine

spinning machine detail

yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
wave light

yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
wave light detail unlit


yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
wave light texture and interior lit

yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
mesh lamp has no structure inside because of silk’s glue protein, sericin

yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
mesh lamp detail, flexibility, and durability

yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
twist light

yasuhiro suzuki re-cocoon silk lamps
twist light detail with its polygonal forms that manipulate light



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  • Very nice!

    Loulou says:
  • This is all looking nice and fine but once the dust settles in the raw silk there is no way to maintain the fresh look. Silk woven lamp shades which are far smoother have a lifespan of about one year in a clean environment.

    Airborne says:

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