Circular Lighting Report

Artemide uses wood waste to create pendant

ALE.01 Artemide

Italian lighting brand Artemide is using certified wood waste from the bottling industry to create its latest pendant.
ALE.01 (Adaptive Lighting Experience) is a suspension lamp, 30 per cent of whose shell is made of a biocomposite material containing natural wood fibres, mixed with a base of bio-based (PHB) or recycled polymers.
The design reportedly salvages and reuses FSC-certified wood waste from the production of bottle stoppers for the spirits industry.
In terms of the lighting, the pendant offers separately controlled up- and downlighting and multiple adjustable options. It can follows different lighting requirements over the course of the day.
The downlighting modules consist of a series of LED sources controlled by a patented Refractive optical technology.
Artemide says that the lens picks up 100 per cent of the flux and controls it, the geometry of the body itself shields the vision of the sources at certain angles for a glare-free and uniform illumination.
Each optical unit works as a task light thanks to personal control, designed to deliver uniform illumination of a high perceptive quality of the light on a desk surface.
The management can combine direct individual control of the device with the use of sensors or programming.
ALE0.1 was designed by international practice Hassell in a joint collaboration with Artemide.
‘We wanted the design to be elegant and minimal, working like a suspended element,’ Hassell associate and project leader for ALE.01 Federico Venier told the Circular Lighting Report.  ‘With the support of Artemide’s experience, we designed the geometry of each optical emission to achieve almost zero glaring effect.
‘Creating the right curve of the body of the luminaire was crucial to achieve a perfect lighting diffusion and the right amount of LED for the best lighting performance, not wasting energy while enhancing wellbeing.’

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