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Rícino is a series of lamps with an almost incorporeal appearance, made of plant-based castor oil resin. The proposal brings to light the living aspect of the material, exalting its aesthetic qualities and proposing an alternative application to its originally technical use. The project arises from the studio’s interest in natural resins, a research process that began in 2018. In the search for a moldable material with good resistance to temperature variations, the plant-based castor polymer came up. Its thermal stability allied to its visual aspect – with an amber and transparent color – inspired the development of the collection, which has resin as a central element. Developed by the University of São Paulo, it is mainly used in civil construction as a waterproofing agent, or varnish. Characteristics such as its physical-chemical stability, elasticity, and ability to adhere to porous materials make this polymer very efficient in sustainably replacing petroleum derivatives. But close observation can show something beyond this function: when placed against light, the material produces an orange glow, warm and ethereal. From this perception, a study was planned in order to understand the material’s applications, behavior and limits, with the objective of enabling the casting of large portions of resin mass. Over the last few years, several experiments have been carried out to adapt its characteristics and potential for use in design.

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The result is a series of table, wall and floor lamps composed of resin filters, which are structured by aluminum supports. For the technical development and finalization of the project, a 3D modeling software was used, making it possible to calculate mass and volume to produce molds and parts. The lighting is linear and made by LED systems. From the shapes, textures, densities, and tones tested, the results explore the strength of the material, without giving up its delicate nature. The design of the filters takes advantage of the volume of material to create gradients of color that vary along the body of the luminaires. In addition, the irregular line created by the puddled edges intends to capture the casting process, preserving the initial liquid aspect of the resin. This allows the final form of the piece to tell the story of its production process. Rícino is an ongoing research, which aims to explore new possibilities of use and application for materials from renewable sources.

Date
2022
Materials
Castor oil polymer, aluminum structure and LED light system
Dimensions
Sconce 1 – L60 W6 H30 cm
Sconce 2 – L20 W6 H83 cm
Sconce 3 – L12 W6,6 H120 cm
Table lamp – L41 W17 H62 cm
Floor lamp - L12 W10 H140 cm
Edition

8 units + 3 AP (per model)
Credits

Photos
Alex Batista
Video
Clarabóia Filmes
Concept and Design
Mariana Ramos, Ricardo Innecco
Development
Guilherme Pimenta
Contributions
Donizeti Luciano, Gilberto Silva, Roque Alvilez, Carol Piccin

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