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The w127 table lamp is available in several colours.

Winkel worked with BASF who provided a purposefully developed new material: a bio-polyamide, reinforced with solid fibreglass.

“We selected a plastic based on castor oil for over 60 per cent of its structure,” explains Winkel. “Castor oil is a biologically sourced material issued from the castor plant and, as such, it does not compete with worldwide food production.” And is, therefore, eco-friendly with a brain.

This new plastic made it possible to envisage a lamp whose body was giving out a significant impression of substance, sturdiness and precious texture as opposed to the usual perception of plastic as a cheap, serial-production material.

w127 table lamp by Dirk Winkel for Wästberg

“We were also after mechanical strength and rigidity, while offering the possibility of doing large, solid cross-sections, which are normally next to impossible in our chosen process of injection moulding production,” explains Winkel.

The w127 works with LEDs and also features a dimmer and a timer. The quality of the light that it gives out is warm, thanks to the use of a white source coupled with a reflector and diffuser lenses, and as well as a shade, micro-gas springs provide adjustable positioning and illumination.

“We also tapped into the car industry in order to find solutions that would provide outstanding performance,” says Winkel. “That’s where we got the idea of using the micro-gas springs for the joints: their quality provides the ability to withstand 50,000 compression cycles without any loss in performance.”

Beatrice Feliz

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