Lighting design

The Espina Pendant light features a collapsable shade that’s good for the environment

It’s a simple gesture but one that makes a huge difference when it comes to transportation and assembly

Sustainable design comes in many shapes and sizes. Here, architect and furniture designer Guillermo Cameron Mac Lean looks to the concertina shape of musical instruments to create the Espina Pendant lamp, a collapsible pendant light for Spanish brand Estepa.

Designed to take up as little space as possible, not only does the Espina Pendant reduce the amount of resources needed to ship the product but it also uses the least amount of material too.

Espina Pendant light by Estepa _ Design by Guillermo Cameron Mac Lean
© Estepa – Espina Pendant light

That’s because the Espina Pendant light employs a collapsible design, which allows it to be flat-packed and easily transformed by the user into its finished form.

The lampshade itself is created from one sheet of plywood, into which a spiral has been cut out, helping to create a concertina effect when hung from the centre point of the sheet.

Espina Pendant light by Estepa _ Design by Guillermo Cameron Mac Lean
© Estepa – Espina Pendant light

In the centre is a holl, which has been drilled for the cord and the light’s fixture to be secured. 

In flatpack form, the lampshades circular form lies compact inside a square wooden frame.

Meanwhile, all the other necessary components such as the cord, the canopy and the pendant holder are all secured around the outer edges of the packaging.

There’s also a handle cut out from one of the corners to enable users to pick up, purchase and go. 

© Estepa – Espina Pendant light

Espina Pendant lamp: less waste, less overconsumption

It’s well documented the negative impact the transportation of goods such as furniture and lighting from the design industry is having on the planet.

© Estepa – Espina Pendant light

That’s why designers like Mac Clean are feeling the charge to come up with sustainable alternatives or innovative approaches to design that challenge the way we consume and experience everyday items. 

The Espina Pendant Light is a prime example of how we can create less waste and help prevent overconsumption, all while helping to promote a simple and easily accessible product.


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