Rolo is a floor lamp with a shade made of petals that peel like a banana to control the intensity and direct light according to the needs of each user.
Determined by how the petals are set up, Rolo allows a different illumination to spread in each direction, generating several distinct ambiences in the same room. As each petal can be separately modified, the lighting possibilities are endless, offering to the user a customized atmosphere. In order to control the light, it’s only needed to leave the petals extended or wound as desired. This petals are kept tight thanks to a metallic core and curl by themselves with just a flick. This way, the lamp allows, for example, to collapse all the petals in one side creating an area with lots of direct light, that can be used for reading or work, and extend the petals at the other side to achieve an indirect fainter light, ideal for a relax ambient.
Each petal consists of a flexible plastic sheath with a steel strip in its core that can hold either an extended or fully wounded position, such as the ones that are used in slap on bracelets. The interior face is white and the exterior is black to maximize the reflection of light and increase the contrast.
The main concept came up in December 2016 at Made in Valencia design week, in which designers, local producers and final users came together to create products in a collaborative way in the span of just two weeks.
Once Made in Valencia finished, Smallgran kept developing and perfecting the concept during all the 2017 year to reach the current final solution.
Up to this point only prototypes have been produced. Nontheless, the product aims for industrial production and the studio is looking for companies interested in its production and distribution.
The prototype is made of a steel base into which the socket, the wooden shade ring and the shade are screwed. The shade consists of the petals, 3D printed in flexible TPU plastic for the prototype, inside which the steel strips are inserted. For its industrial production, the designers aim to swap the 3D printing production for a plastic injection process.