Meaning 3D printed lights made from fishing nets

Two design awards

Product Report | 11/04/2022

Signify has received the Gold International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for its “Coastal Breeze” lighting collection. The sustainable pendant lamps made from recycled materials were also praised as part of the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards. The collection, which includes an exclusive limited edition table lamp, was officially launched at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.

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Prestigious awards for stylish and sustainable design

The Philips My Creation fishnet lamp has been awarded a Gold Idea by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). IDEA is one of the oldest and most prestigious design awards, recognizing exceptional creations in a variety of categories. The lamp was also recognized in the new Circular Design category of the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award.

The Coastal Breeze lighting collection evokes the beauty of coastal areas while helping to preserve the ecosystem for the next generation. Between 10 and 46% of marine plastic consists of fishing nets, lines and ropes. These nets are often carelessly thrown into the sea, endangering marine life. By recycling this waste, about 4.5 meters of fishing net is used to make one of the lamps in question.

Reduced emissions from material procurement, manufacturing and transport

Signify’s 3D printing process used in this context not only promotes the recycling of marine plastic – it also actively contributes to the creation of a circular economy. The production of the lights can be adapted to the prevailing local needs, so that redundant stocks are not printed. Because neither glue nor screws are used, the lights are particularly easy to disassemble and repair. With up to 76% lower emissions during material procurement and production and up to 29% lower emissions during transport, the lights from the 3D printer represent a sustainable alternative to models from conventional production.

The nylon fishing nets are sourced from fishermen off the coast of Cornwall in the UK and processed into granules, the basic material for 3D printing, by Fishy Filaments. The raw material is processed into filament in Maarheeze, the Netherlands, and finally used for printing in Turnhout, Belgium.

A design that recalls the origin of the material

The finished candles are characterized by their soft, organic shape and a color reminiscent of recycled fishing nets. The light reveals elegant color gradients in blue-green tones and small irregularities that transform each lamp into a special exhibition. The scattered light, meanwhile, emphasizes the screen’s 3D structure. This one is inspired by the sea and is reminiscent of dunes, rippling water and fish scales in three different versions.

For Dutch Design Week, the Signify design team created a very special table lamp made of fishnet material. Signify is participating in the event to demonstrate the amazing designs that can be made from discarded materials using a 3D printer.

“The Coastal Breeze collection is special because it is beautiful both in its design and in its creation. Dutch Design Week is the ideal platform to show what is possible with a conscious use of resources. We want to share our insights into it pollutes the oceans and the solutions that exist for recycling the waste. We are proud that Dutch Design Week sees our efforts as a valuable asset to the design world.”

Kevin Raaijmakers, Head of Growth for 3D Printing at Signify

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