Trex Soft-Edged Lighting by Karim Rashid
It’s a fortuitous Friday indeed here at 3rings, since we’ve got a pair of new products by perennial favorites Patricia Urquiola and Karim Rashid. Present Post concerns the latter, who seems to be conspiring to take over every room. His recent zoomorphic, polymorphic, and polyphonous Bite Me Collection claimed the living room; the all-encompassing Sphere Bed called dibs on the boudoir; and the luxurious Saturn TV Tub staked out the WC.
Trex Soft-Edged. Designed by Karim Rashid for ITRE USA, Inc.
Now Rashid’s Trex Soft-Edged Light promises a uniform illumination of these proceedings. Designed for Edison, N.J.-based ITRE USA, Inc., Trex represents a versatile and intriguing new way to adorn one’s walls–that the piece also emits a mysterious constellation of light and shadow is proverbial icing on the proverbial cake.
Itre says the new light–“a soft-edged hexagonal piece made of a glossy opal heat-formed acrylic” shines for its tantalizing texture: “Its flat configuration will mesh with a room’s architecture, but bring dimension thanks to a triangular spine running through the lamp.” These are my thoughts exactly, especially in regard to Trex’s unusual sculptural qualities. On that score, the piece reminds me of Robert Stadler‘s playful Pools and Poufs!, asynchronous, wall-bound leather elements that complement furnishings with similar upholstery. True, the resemblance is only skin deep: Trex is more severely geometrical–and highly functional, to boot–yet the aesthetic (both have the advantage of easy installation, creating the impression of something organic flung at, or purposefully attached to, the wall) bears comparison.
Appropriately, the look of Trex is decidedly futuristic. (I have to at least mention the aesthetic similarity to the “facehuggers” from the Alien films). Trex also aspires towards a certain progressivism in light of its method of lumens distribution: Its three-dimensional heat moulded diffuser enhances the brightness of emitted light, while exaggerating shadows on the surface. This makes for an interesting play of light and darkness which you can manipulate to achieve your desired effect. And the flat, hexagonal, white-lacquered metal base makes it easy to mount singly, as an intriguing accent piece; or in multiples, should you desire to push the organic/alien/sea creature theme.