NIRUK DESIGNS FIRST LUMINAIRE FOR BOLIA
Elegant, natural, pure. LUNARIA is not just a luminaire – it is a luminous object. Unique in its free form, it is both sculptural and light. Designed by Nina Ruthe and David Antonin for the Danish manufacturer Bolia, it is a product that perfectly captures the essence of DESIGN STUDIO NIRUK.
In the beginning, there was a rattan cane, a material the studio loves to work with – and which has unique properties in terms of how it can be bent. The special shape of LUNARIA was created from a single piece and, in the course of the design process, developed into a bent metal frame. Covered with a delicate fabric, it creates differently shaped surfaces, gently diffusing the light through space. LUNARIA is a shape-shifter, appearing, depending on the viewing angle, in different forms.
„In the design process, we like to use materials that, first of all, allow us a free approach to finding the form. We do not follow any predefined plan or technical drawing. This playful approach was also the starting point for the design of LUNARIA. Following an initial intuition, the design was refined in terms of form and, considering technical feasibility, perfected down to the last detail.“
LUNARIA is the first luminaire by NIRUK. A special milestone in the portfolio and a positive challenge in terms of implementation. In addition to the designers’ subtle and elegant signature style, LUNARIA is characterised by its materials. For both the design studio and for Bolia, the focus was on durability: the fabric is not only OekoTex certified, but also removable and washable. The fabric and the metal frame come flat-packed to avoid unnecessary packaging waste and to save resources. Choosing the right fabric was the biggest challenge for the two designers: it had to be stretchy, supple and translucent – but not too transparent. When choosing the right materials for their products, the two materials experts use their profound knowledge of the field, which they have accumulated over the years: effect and workmanship – traditional and industrial. Working as a tailor was a new role: a precise pattern was created for the lampshade and the unique expression of LUNARIA with its different surfaces was defined in detail.
The luminaire‘s namesake is the plant of the same name: Lunaria, also known as silver leaf. The iridescent shapes of the seed pod can be found in the luminaire’s unique silhouette. The delicacy and shape of Japanese paper lamps provided additional inspiration for DESIGN STUDIO NIRUK. The Lunaria pendant is available in three different sizes and works beautifully as a single light or as an ensemble.