What if a light could be as flexible and versatile as textiles?
Could lighting be more personal if it were as ephemeral as light itself? Could a light fixture be soft and tactile and function like a gleaming second skin?
GATHER, WEAR & LINK
The Vela Light is re-chargeable with a micro-USB, providing twelve hours of portable light. A toggled handle and loops allow the light to be draped or clipped on your body, bike, child, or dog. Folding and rolling the fabric in various way changes its brightness, intention and feeling. It can be gathered into a voluminous lantern, worn, linked together as an environmental installation, or laid flat on a table top. Like its namesake sail on the Argonaut’s ship, the Vela Light is luminescent billowing swath of fabric that allows you to adjust the form, light levels and function by rolling, draping or folding the material.
High potency fiber optics transfer light throughout the material. To maximize light evenly throughout the fabric, fiber optic filaments must be installed with minimal bends. Stumbling upon the anatomy illustrator Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s drawings of how neurons transmit information through the brain, I found the inspiration to weave fiber optics through the fabric in a way that allows the filaments to be illuminated at both ends while minimizing the bends of traditional weaving.
BILLOWING LIGHT, ADJUSTABLE FORM
This combination of new weaving technique and the structural qualities of the fiber optics is what allows Vela to create such unique roomy volumes, diaphanous surface qualities and vibrant light.