“In-Ei” – Japanese for “shadow, shadiness, nuance” – is the result of a project born from the conceptual and technological heritage at the Miyake Design Studio, founded in 2010 by Issey Miyake and his research and development team, Reality Lab. The project comes from the intersection of creativity and mathematics, resulting in clothing that can be folded flat and yet take form in 3D shapes, all starting from a single piece of cloth. As the Reality Lab explored its potential in areas beyond clothing, a natural extension was found in lighting products.
The project revolves around a fabric derived entirely from recycled materials that diffuse light in interesting ways, in particular using a retreated fiber made from PET bottles. The bottles are processed using an innovative technology that reduces both energy consumption and CO2 emissions up to 40% when compared to the production of new materials. Issey Miyake’s vision, applied to the new 3D mathematical process, combines the Japanese tradition of light with the designer’s unique ability to translate tradition into modernity. Artemide animates these sustainable and striking shapes using LED lighting, today’s most relevant sustainable technology.
“I am extremely proud of this collaboration,” commented Ernesto Gismondi, Owner and President of Artemide. “Issey Miyake devotes his extraordinary artistic commitment to a quest dedicated to men’s needs and existence. The same commitment can be seen in The Human Light, Artemide’s mission and philosophy. We share Miyake’s values and visions.”