slim&strong by Delphine Frey



Design graduate Delphine Frey produced this carbon-fibre lamp as part of her Mas Luxe diploma at ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) in Switzerland.


The pleats give the long, thin lamp stability.


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Here's some text from Frey:


This desk lamp or console table lamp was born from the association of two different universes; the softness and elegance of the haute couture pleat meet the rigidity of carbon.

It is a subtle mix of two worlds: this object represents the encounter of an ancestral know-how with the latest technology. It was made with the assistance of a Formula One parts supplier.

The pleats are not only esthetical, they also add some rigidity to the long and thin structure. In addition, they also hide the leds.

Posted on Monday August 31st 2009 at 10:49 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • B

    ok, nice structure
    but all that carbon fiber to hold up a few leds?

  • why carbon fiber?

  • Nico

    I think it is really nice. I really like the clean and pure design

  • Design punisher

    Great ! Amazing !
    All this technology and know-how for… a lamp.
    Of course, an ECAL project, a toy for rich people.

  • Nico

    I don’t agree, for the lamp to be so thin what else than carbon can you use? I think this lamp is great, it’s clean and pure.

  • I think the design is fine and quite stunning as far as showing capabilities. But, what about function? Where does one put this and for what use? I think that it is lacking in functionality with no thought given to this and only structure.

  • B

    I think glass fiber would have held up the lights just as fine nico
    or aluminium
    or even paper or thin plywood laminate..(slightly more curved folds)
    ok, so it won’t be as strong as glass-fiber..but i don’t think you can sit on the carbon fiber one either
    but is the carbon maybe also conducter?
    and ehm..
    are they 220volt led’s? i don’t se a power adapter..or is that cleverly hidden in the pleats?

  • b

    it’s a table lighting, what further function do you expect to see?

    I believe it’s a rather interesting approach for a desk lamp structure and it creates full lighting for the whole table working area … as in contrary to any usual desk lighting which creates a directional spotlight and might cast unwanted shadows.

  • see also Loop, by Peter Knudsen, for Dark

  • budid

    i think its a good ide using that material. How if the colours is white?

  • b, yes it’s table lighting but the function I expect is a light that doesn’t have to be sitting directly over the top of whatever I’m trying to read.

    You can see from the notebook in the photo that that there is a distinct cone of light. Anything outside this is going to be unilluminated.

    I agree that it is creative and an interesting approach but would challenge your thought that it is going to offer light for the whole table. To me it looks like one will be kissing carbon fiber while trying to read.

  • Why carbon fibre?

    This is really really chunky – it totally undoes the functionallity of carbon fibre. The rippled form would only make sense for a weak material which required more stability. Cabron fibre does not need such a form – e.g. the Terence Woodgate table for Established and Sons:

    To use a high tech / high spec material is an opportunity to push the limits of traditional forms, this is simply massively over specifed and superfluos. Can you sit on it?