Earlier we looked at Stackabl, a line of furniture produced from industrial off-cuts. Designed by Toronto-based design firm Stacklab in collaboration with New York gallery space and furniture retailer Maison Gerard, the Stackabl online configurator allows designers to create their own furniture pieces out of surplus felted wool.
2021 furniture by Benoist F Drut and Champalimaud Design. Photo credit: Sean McBride
The line launched last year with seating, but this year they've expanded into some rather unusual pendant lighting.
2022 Hombre pendants by Anthony Frank Keeler. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
Stackabl founder Jeff Forrest with 2022 Hombre pendant by Anthony Frank Keeler. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
"If Stackabl's 2021 furniture is its "haute couture" line, then its 2022 pendant collection can be considered its "ready-to-wear" offering. Also made of upcycled felt and aluminum, and using powerful, yet energy-saving LEDs, the lights are just as easy to configure, but users have significantly more control over price point, allowing for a broader audience to consume responsibly."
Stackabl founder Jeff Forrest (and Charles) with 2022 pendants by Sarah Coleman. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
2022 pendants by Sarah Coleman. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
2022 Shotgun Shell by Sarah Coleman. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
Detail of 2022 cigarette pendant by Sarah Coleman. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
"With the help of Anthony Frank Keeler, formerly of Rich Brilliant Willing and AvroKO, Stackabl took a holistic approach, designing both the lights' internal and external elements around the original system, reusing most of the same components found in the furniture collection, and using the very same network of regional suppliers and manufacturers."
2022 pendants by Wisse Trooster. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
Detail of 2022 Hugo pendant by Wisse Trooster. Photo credit: Patrick Biller
"The pendants are modular products: consumers can customize any of the configurator's five SKUs as they wish, choosing the length of the internal structure, as well as the diameter of the felt discs. Like track lighting, consumers dictate the location and frequency of the luminaires, in this case a cast-acrylic diffuser with embedded LEDs. Lightweight, dimmable, sound-dampening, environmentally responsible, fully customizable, and competitively priced, the pendants are ideal for innumerable environments, from residential to contract to hospitality."
You can try the configurator here.
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I wonder how they define 'surplus'.