These late night shots are by Sevcan Yardim, one of the fresh ID graduates from the METU (Middle East Technical University) in Ankara. In cooperation with the companies Arlight and Artful she developed the "Bamboo Light", a sustainable lighting concept.
After researching parks, gardens and the lining of plans she decided to integrate the lighting within its surroundings through working with bamboo. Sevcan notes that bamboo has a very pure, smooth, and flowing form which allowed her to create a modular concept for various lighting configurations. She stresses the importance of resource efficiency and powers this low-impact material with LED lighting for low energy use.
Apart from the Bamboo Light you probably won't find a lot of natural bamboo growing in Turkey but that might just be the surprise effect it needs to get noticed.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.