TREND: Towards iridescence


Created from light interference, iridescence is an optical effect whose original defects have become the assets that designers have made the best of. Luminaires, furniture and accessories will become more and more enamored of this phenomenon and will make it matter. Decryption in six projects.

As an introduction to iridescence, it is impossible to miss a project that has definitely marked this year: the Ombr Glass Chair by GERMAN ERMICS. Presented at the Milan design Fair, the balance between certain fragility and incredible material has since marked the spirits. This project, which has given rise to a growing fascination for the immaterial and transparent, marks the entrance of iridescence into current and future trends.

From a technical point of view, iridescence is obtained through the use of a dichroic glass, which makes it possible to get these reflections so coveted. The Italian studio FORMAFANTASMA used this material to communicate its exploration of the interaction between light and architecture. As usual, designers have the gift to make us forget any technique behind a huge part of poetry that we love...

This material, whose indefinable color as multiple attracts us, was also explored by STUDIO FINNA in the form of mouth blown objects according to a traditional technique. Each element is unique and once combined, the installation forms an ecclectic but definitely harmonious whole. The delicacy of these forms combined with the effect of dichroic glass plays with light and gives rise to almost mystical objects.

The French guys of NORMAL STUDIO have also chosen an iridescent structure for the creation of their Readymade lamp, paying tribute to the technique of assembly that was practiced by Achille Castiglioni in the 50s and 60s. With a careful selection of materials here combined, the studio is part of the long tradition of explorers of the almost invisible frontier between art and design, and of trend forerunners.

The Dichroic effect can also be achieved through a film applied between two material parts. This is the case with the Prismania Chair by ELISE LUTTIK, which joins the family of privileged people who have seen the undeniable potential of iridescence. The subtlety of the coloring of this chair being dependent on the point of view according to which one looks at it, makes it disappear sometimes. Between furniture and artefact, this project leads us to see all the colors of the spectrum thanks to its dichroic film.

And finally, here is probably the last collection to the iridescent finish: Bubbly Light from New-York based designer ROSIE LI, presented this year at the event ICFF 2017. These strange creatures that seem straight out of the spirit of Yayoi Kusama are inspired by soap bubbles as much for their shape as for the use of the botryoidal hematite for their base. And the designer to explain:

"The real challenge was defining an internal logic for this system, as we wanted to strike a balance between organic liveliness and structured simplicity."

Rosie Li for Dezeen

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Sources: Dezeen, Trendland, Sight Unseen

Chloé Valette