At last – the perfect glass bubble!

  The perfect glass bubble – how can this be?

The German product designer Sebastian Scherer, founder of Neo/Craft, was inspired by seeing children blowing bubbles.

child blowing bubbles

He asked himself why the bubbles are so enchanting? Could he capture their fleeting, shimmering, fragile lightness in an object?

Three years later, he produced Iris. This is Iris

NeoCraft Iris: glass bubble

…and here is a picture of some real soap bubbles:

soap bubbles

We know glass, so we know how many other people have tried to do this. How has Sebastian succeeded? We see three key elements.

The first is the extreme simplicity of the design:

NeoCraft Iris pendant light

An object that looks just right, to which nothing can be added and from which nothing can be taken away, is (God knows – Ecclesiastes 3:14!) very difficult to do. Besides the hollow bubble of delicate glass, there is just a very clean, simple metal structure that does not interfere with the overall shape and effect. This elegance is enhanced by the use of an OLED as the light source: it is just a smooth, flat sheet.

The second element is the iridescence. This is provided by a dichroic coating that, before Iris, was only possible on flat or slightly curved surfaces. It took nearly two years of research and experimentation to find a way to coat a sphere.

Besides making Iris more soap bubble-like, the iridescence also means that the appearance of Iris is constantly changing…

NeoCraft iris bubble-like glass pendant light

…partly because of the play of light in the iridescence, and partly because it creates a mirror effect, so that Iris reflects what is around her.

It also ensures that she looks just as good when she is turned off:

NeoCraft Iris suspension light

The third element is the unusual choice of light source, an OLED, because of the soft, unfocused light they emit (as well as their shape). And it’s dimmable!

Iris comes in three sizes, Ø30cm, Ø40cm and Ø50cm…

NeoCraft Iris pendant light 3 sizes

… in other words, she may be bigger than you are thinking. Compare their size with Sebastian’s head:

NeoCraft iris suspension light plus Sebastian Scherer

The success of Iris is demonstrated by the number of awards that she has already garnered, even though she is not yet on general sale:

awards for Neocraft Iris suspension light

Production starts in April, but the number of orders already in the pipeline means that lead times at the moment are fourteen weeks. So if you’d like to use them for a current project, you’d better get your skates on!

NeoCraft Iris suspension light over a table

Do get in touch with us if you would like prices, data sheets, &c. You can download the brochure about Iris by clicking here.

(BTW, did you see the reflexions on the wall in the picture above?!)

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