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Deconstruction: Light by Nathan Martell

Designer Nathan Martell shows us the creation of his light from prototype to finished product.

The focus of the project took shape after analysis of this first prototype. Prototype one was humble in its materials and production method, utilizing copy paper and a glue based paper mache technique over a standard balloon. The simplicity of the paper mache allowed me to, feasibly and economically, experiment with real materials at full scale, a liberating rarity.

Each light is packed flat and shipped with a balloon, the form is then ‘reinflated’ by the end user.

For the final product, the process is not much different than the paper mache technique used in prototype one. Tyvek strips are soaked in a watered down adhesive and wrapped around a large spherical balloon. Repeated compressions of the form do not weaken the structure, rather, doing so simply adds layers of texture to the object.


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