Every so often, a project comes along that perfectly aligns craftsmanship, unique customization, and our passion for finding sustainable resources for our products.

Earlier this year the Living Future Institute (ILFI) approached LightArt to create a chandelier, ILFI's offices are housed within the Bullitt Center–considered the greenest building in the world. We knew we had an opportunity to create an exciting piece that combined our company pillars into one fixture.

The Bullitt Center located in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA.
The Bullitt Center located in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA.

Excited at the opportunity to push our sustainbility efforts again, after having acquired a Declare label for our LA2 line of fixtures; successfully gaining a Living Building Challenge compliant product, while also being the first lighting manufacutere in the world to do so.

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The vision for ILFI was to create a fixture that incorporated their logo and brand colors, while keeping true to their mission of using sustainable products and practices.

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Having been toying with the idea of using organic dyes to color and texture, we knew that this was the perfect venue to try something completely new.

LightArt uses 3form's Varia Ecoresin (also a part of the Declare program) and with this material comes the plethora of interlayer options–meaning colors, textures can turn into a unique, flexible, and durable material.

Understanding this process we turned to Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors to help us source and dye the fabric.

Ahna, Ryan and Kathy Hattori at Kathy's office in Seattle.
Ahna, Ryan and Kathy Hattori at Kathy's office in Seattle.

Botanical Color's uses organic dyes in textile coloring in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and biodegradable, along with drawing its incomparable color palette from humble plants and natural sources.

With Kathy and her team's help we were able to create sheets of fabric with thoroughly amazing colors.

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Kathy and her team at Botanical Colors showing off their beautiful work.

Kathy sorting the plant sources she uses to create color textiles.

Kathy sorting the plant sources she uses to create color textiles.

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After see the sheets come out, we knew were were on to something.

Once the sheets were turned into the Varia Ecoresin material, the time came for LightArt artisan James Coury to work his magic and create the chandelier.

James starting to form the pieces of the chandelier

James starting to form the pieces of the chandelier.

LightArt uses hand forming techniques to create the delicate folds and details.

Creating custom chandeliers is second nature for us. We want to create a piece that works for the client and the space

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James has been hand forming our fixtures for many years. He's one of many talented artisans and craftsman that help us create a our one-of-kind pieces.

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The final installation came to roughly 10'H x 7.6"W and was a total of 60 wattages.

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The end result surprised even us. The color and texture created using the natural dye process was astounding and left us excited to incorporate this new material into our product line.

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