In my opinion, the most successful design in Blackbody’s collection is the I.rain. Since they are the only people seriously offering decorative OLED solutions for interiors, this makes I.rain very significant.
It has to be considered whenever something rare and unique is required, whether the client would appreciate having something from lighting’s cutting-edge, or not.
I.rain installations are made up from what they call “pixels”. They can be any shape or size. Above is a really big one, and and here’s a much smaller one, made up of sixty one pixels:
You can see above what the classic pixel looks like. The excitement at Maison et Objet in January 2016 was Blackbody’s introduction of more decorative pixels.
There are four beautiful polished metal finishes: black nickel, brass, copper and chrome…
…plus a glass option!
These new versions cost about 42% more than the classic white pixel.
In fact, I.rain is priced more reasonably than you might think.
And, as we normally point out when an installation is made up of a lot of small pendants, one can adjust the total cost by adjusting the number of pendants. Fortunately, even when I.rain’s pixels are spaced far apart, they still create a great effect:
An important point for stairwells is that they look good from any angle: here the pixels are seen from above (there are 137 of them in total):
Plus, I.rain is easier to specify than you might think. This is because they have a dedicated office that will work with you until you have the arrangement that is exactly right for your space, client and budget.
If, by their pricing and support, you think that they seem to be bending over backwards to help you, then – yes – you are right! This is new technology, and they want to make it as easy as possible for you.
This is what Cara Delevingne discovered: for her installation on Bali, it was agreed that she only needed two pixels, at slightly different heights...