Introducing the new table version of the Phrena pendant light from Artecnica.

Thanks to the popularity of the first Phrena light, Artecnica requested a smaller table version. Using the same resiliant Tyvek material and honeycomb structure, this lamp opens to 16" in diameter and comes with the new gold plated wire base. It still packs flat like its older brother, but the Phrena2 can be used as a both a table and a pendant light.

For more information about the Phrena2, visit the Artecnica website.

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designer: Karl Zahn



Making something out of nothing

A book is an assembly of carefully ordered pages. The pages have a front and a back, but we rarely see both at the same time and it can be difficult to think of a page as having a third dimension. But a simple bend in a page can create both positive and negative volume. A crease creates inside and outside, walls and windows. It can be both permiable and opaque. All of a sudden, it has dimension and structure. A two dimensional page is not lacking dimension. Rather, it harbors the potential to transcend the third dimension and create volume out of space. But to complete a composition, one cannot rely on single pages alone. It is the cooperation of many that form the whole. And it is with this understanding and careful manipulation that something can be made out of nothing. Dimension can exist where there was none before. And with the subtlest of materials, we can shape things as powerful as light.

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