Always The Sun
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam spotlights the greatest challenge of our time: the climate crisis. The exhibition “It’s Our F***ing Backyard” shows that designers can make a compelling difference. Eighty selected projects from all over the world shed light on an array of strategies that explore innovative uses of materials.
Sustainability in material and process
Tejo Remy and Jacob de Baan together investigated biobased materials and deformations of the sun. “We did experiments tests, in which the deformation of materials such as textiles was tested. The cloud-like structure of Always The Sun is due to the compression of PLA (polylactic acid), where the light is selectively transmitted. PLA is a biobased plastic that is also biodegradable. By applying the right production techniques, one material can be used optimally”. PLA is less heat resistant than polyester, which De Baan and Remy took advantage of in this design. It can be cast at a lower temperature. This was also possible with a mold of beech wood.
The sun as inspiration
“The designs are inspired by the daily cycle of the sun and the phenomenon of mirage. For example, the colors of the light mimic the position of the sun at different times of the day and the shape of the lamp is based on a distortion that occurs during the mirage. A specially engineered lighting module creates colour ranges that mimic the dynamic colors of the sky.”
‘Always The Sun’ design Tejo Remy & Jacob de Baan in collaboration with Joy van Breukelen, Ledlabel, Studio Bas Froon.