MVRDV and Delta Light put sustainable design in the spotlight

Delta Light meets MVRDV

The Belgian lighting company Delta Light always works closely with architects on their projects and is also a regular guest at Milano Design Week. In their search for a designer for their latest collection, Delta Light looked to the Dutch MVRDV. In addition to a high-quality product that would fit into Delta Light’s catalog, they also demanded a design that would be bold, colorful and conceptual in line with what MVRDV is known for.

Light on lighting

MVRDV’s architects and interior specialists – led by Jacob van Rijs – decided to create a design based on the difference between the way lighting design is presented in a showroom and the less glamorous reality of how a luminaire is manufactured and produced. A sustainable approach to the production of the new series was the starting point because the designers wanted to work with recycled materials where possible.

“The project started with the question of whether we could develop new possibilities with Delta Light’s recycled material instead of creating a completely new product,” explains MVRDV’s founder Jacob van Rijs. “A visit to the Delta Lights showroom and the factory showed an interesting contrast between the lighting presented in a large art collection in their showroom and the factory, where raw materials, components, cables, drivers, screws, caps, caps – packaging – in fact, everything there sticks in a luminaire – could be seen. The stacks of aluminum profiles in different shades of white, silver, black and gold proved to be a particular source of inspiration. The impressive details of these profiles are usually hidden in the wall or ceiling, but we wanted to make their beauty visible as the main feature of the new design. “

From cropping to High Profile

Profiles are an important part of architectural lighting, but the decoration disappears almost immediately in the recycling process. These elements became the starting point for the design. By experimenting with the scale and sizes of Delta Light’s comprehensive range of profiles, a range of luminaires could be created. The High Profile series consists of a cubic ceiling model, a wall luminaire in the shape of an arch and a free-standing model. All three are made up of profiles that are placed next to each other and in stacks. The industrial look is softened by the different colors of the profiles (pink, ocher, light green and light blue), which adds MVRDV’s well-known use of expressive colors to the Delta Lights mainly white, black and gold series.

In the long run: The profile remixer

To make this collaboration functional in the long run, MVRDV’s technology working group MVRDV NEXT has developed a script called ‘Profile Remixer’. This Profile Remixer can create different compositions with all 50 models of Delta Light and adapts with real-time data. With this tool, the High Profile concept takes into account the ongoing development and adaptation of the design, the changing availability of residual profiles and the changing requirements for size, shape and composition.

Mutual appreciation

The name ‘High Profile’ illustrates the process of focusing on what is usually in the background. At the same time, this collection is a tribute to Delta Lights’ craftsmanship, because each luminaire is carefully designed and assembled by hand down to the smallest detail, where precisely designed and developed profiles are an important link. “Custom lighting has been part of the Delta Light series from the beginning, which has grown into a comprehensive collection,” said Peter Ameloot, CEO of Delta Light. “We were surprised and at the same time very happy that MVRDV not only appreciated our level of precision and expertise, but that they even wanted to bring the raw parts to the fore. Seeing a product that is usually fully integrated and anonymous develop into such an eye-catcher was a very inspiring exercise for us. ”

Recycle what already exists

High Profile is not only made of industrial elements, it also addresses the recycling of materials and sustainability throughout the production process. By reusing what already exists, there is no need to create or transport new aluminum parts from the production plant – which significantly reduces the environmental impact. The luminaire can also be disassembled, which means that some of the base parts can be reused. The design therefore invites consumers to think carefully about the materials that are around them; to find beauty in everyday life and to see opportunities in what we would otherwise ignore.

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