The Olmec light series, created using a wooden form which is then used to create a mould to cast the rubber. The casting technique is reminiscent of traditional wooden shuttering used for casting concrete. The rubber is able to take on the particular texture of the wood, capturing the details of the original form. The rubber also provides an opportunity to produce a piece that would otherwise be impossibly complicated to create in any other material. The rubber form takes on a sharp shape which is not initially seen as a soft flexible piece.
The rubber form has be cast so the light fittings are held without any fixings, simplifying assembly. The light defuser is set into a groove formed as part of the shade, creating a seamless fitting whilst allowing simple access.
Olmec comes from the name of an ancient people that lived in central Mexico who where known for the harvesting rubber from the rubber tree and vine. Olli - rubber / Mecatl - Rope, Olmec - rubber rope.
The light measures H145mm x W100mm x D100mm