Rick Tege­laar

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The young Dutch de­signer explains how and why he crafted a light­ing fix­ture out of lowly chicken wire

How did you start work­ing with wire mesh? I had wanted to take a very sim­ple ma­te­rial and just add value to it in the broad­est sense of the word. So I thought, what’s one of the most ba­nal ma­te­ri­als I can think of? The an­swer: chicken wire! At school [in Arn­hem], they laughed at me: They were like, “You can’t be se­ri­ous.” But that was the whole point: to take the ma­te­rial very se­ri­ously and to get at its hid­den func­tional and aes­thetic qual­i­ties.

Is that when the Mesh­mat­ics Chan­de­lier was born? At school, I built a ma­chine that al­lowed me to shape the chicken wire in a very con­trolled way. That re­sulted in these very light, aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing struc­tures that came even more to life when we put light into them; [light] showed off ev­ery trans­parency as well as the struc­ture it­self. I re­ally liked this im­age of a chan­de­lier made of a hum­ble ma­te­rial but still hav­ing this deca­dence. It’s a true chan­de­lier, but it’s made out of al­most noth­ing.

How long does it take to pro­duce a Mesh­mat­ics light? Hours. And it’s all still done by hand at Moooi. I like that it has this man­ual touch that even to­day is hard to achieve with a ma­chine or ro­bot. We’re also now work­ing on dif­fer­ent sizes and con­fig­u­ra­tions, like a floor lamp or a wall-mounted light.

Is ma­te­rial a start­ing point for you? When I [con­sider] a ma­te­rial or a tech­nique, I just want to find out what’s pos­si­ble. I’m not look­ing to make a chair or a lamp. I want to know more about the ma­te­rial and to find some­thing that maybe is new about it or we don’t know yet, deep­en­ing the ma­te­rial spec­trum.

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