Award-winning lighting studio LightArt has been pushing the design possibilities of upcycled waste materials for years. Now, the studio is expanding their Coil Collection, a line of 3D-printed pendant lights made from repurposed scrap resin, with a host of new colors, shapes and sizes. Drawing inspiration from the forms and textures of pottery, the new Coil Collection Naturals are a sustainable lighting solution evoking the calming, grounding forces of nature. For LightArt founder Ryan Smith, the goal is not just to cut down on waste with innovative recycling techniques but to create something beautiful in the process.
Tell us about the new Naturals Collection. When we launched Coil Collection, it was among the first line of mass-produced fixtures made from upcycled materials. Now with the Naturals line, we’ve introduced much larger fixtures in new colors and shapes. The pottery reference and the natural color palette lend a classic, timeless feeling.
What design challenges did you face? Often, recycled materials end up looking recycled when you repurpose them. We saw that as a design opportunity and asked ourselves how we could elevate these materials and make them look better than the original. We wanted to make the fixtures look handmade—so we intentionally wiggled the 3D-printing code, and they’re purposely a bit uneven.
What impact do you hope this collection will have? I hope people will say, “Wow, I didn’t realize recycled materials could look so good!” I want them to be excited and proud of the re-use story behind the fixtures. It adds a level of depth and meaning—a new dimension that expands the experiential value of a space.