Milan Design Week brings together the world’s top design concepts and design achievements every year, and is known as the “wind vane” of the world’s design trends. Over the course of a week, Milan became the design capital of the world, showcasing the latest design trends for the year ahead. At the Milan exhibition in April 2019, Cai Liechoo Studio launched an independent solo exhibition. At that exhibition, the maza lantern made its first appearance.
On the afternoon of June 16th, on the first floor of LINEPARK, Building 11, Dongxin and Chuangyuan, No. 139 Liuhe Road, West Lake District, Hangzhou, Cai Liechoo Cai Liechoo Studio Mazar Lamp System Hangzhou Independent Exhibition was opened. This exhibition is curated by Mr. Yang Jun, the manager of Linepark, according to the organizer, the organizer in the limited space to make the maza lantern infinite extension combination as much as possible to reflect, so that a variety of different sizes and forms of light installations in the space to produce a variety of visual effects. Curator Yang Jun wrote in the foreword: “In Milan this April, I was deeply touched by Cai Liichao and his design Mazar lamp. Although the lamp is inspired by the traditional Chinese seating “maza”, the designer completely breaks away from the superficial national symbols to express the work, which is very surprising. ’
The following text is from Cai Liechoo Studio
As the name suggests, the design of the maza lamp is inspired by the structure brought by the traditional Chinese seat “maza”. It fits perfectly with the designer’s idea of creating a luminaire that can be extended infinitely. This studio exhibition in Hangzhou is a breakthrough and extension of the form of the maza lamp system, so as to reflect the infinite transformation properties of the maza lamp system.
Mazha Lighting System was inspired by the structure of the traditional Chinese ‘Mazha’ seat‘ coupled with the designer’s wish to create a modular extension of a lighting installation. Mario Tsai studio solo exhibition in Hangzhou is a breakthrough and extension of the shape of the Mazha Lighting System, in order to reflect the infinite transformation properties.
Infinitely scalable combinations are based on unconventional circuit and structural designs. The wires are cleverly hidden in the hanging wires of the luminaires, and based on the system being powered by a safe voltage of 12V, the exposed metal parts of the entire luminaire system are also designed as part of the circuit, thus forming an inherently complex but simple modular structural system.
The combination form that can be extended indefinitely is based on breaking the conventional circuit and structure design. The wires are subtly hidden into the hanging thread of the lighting system. Based on the system’s 12V safe voltage supply, the exposed metal parts of the lighting system are also designed as part of the circuit, thus forming a modular structure system that is nherently complex but simple in appearance.
On the other hand, this design is a further exploration and practice of the designer’s sustainable design concept. A closer look at the individual parts of the product reveals that the designer does not have the slightest intention to hide the structure, and each component is extremely fine and independent. The advantage of this is that when a part of the product has a problem and needs to be replaced, it only needs to replace the sticking point, not the entire product.
On the other hand, this design is a further exploration of the designer’s sustainable design concept. A closer look at the various components of the product reveals that the designer does not have the intent to hide the structure, and each component is extremely fine and independent. The advantage of this is that when a component of a product is broken and needs to be replaced, it only needs to replace the node without having to replace the entire lighting system.
Maza lamp 1.0 parts
Maza lamp 1.0 power-on principle
Thanks to the X-shaped design, the Maza Light 1.0 can be extended in three dimensions. The combination of arrays can make the limited volume present infinite visual tension, so the maza lamp 1.0 is very suitable for application in large space environments.
Benefit from the X-shaped structural design, Mazha 1.0 can be extended in three dimensions. A limited number of tubes can achieve an unlimited amount of visual tension through array combinations, so Mazha 1.0 is ideal for use in large space environments.
Unlike the Maza Lantern 1.0, which highlights the sense of volume, the Mazar Lantern 2.0 is intended to create a light visual experience. The relationship between soft silk threads and hard lamps is like ligaments and bones, connecting and supporting each other, forming a sharp or huge light network.
Unlike the sense of volume of Mazha1.0, Mazha 2.0 is intended to create a light visual experience. The relationship between the soft wires and the hard tubes are like ligaments and bones, connected to each other and support with each other to forming a piece of small or huge optical network.
Maza Light 2.0 parts
Maza 2.0 lamp energization principle
Such a flat extension structure allows the maza lamp 2.0 to be used not only as a chandelier, but also as a lighting device close to the wall, and can also be used as a soft partition structure for the space.
Such a plane extension structure allows Mazha 2.0 to be used not only as a ceiling light, but also as a light fixture close to the wall, or as a soft partition structure for the space.
Curator: Yang Jun
Organizer: LINEPARK / Cai Liechoo Studio
Exhibition time: 2019.6.16-30 10:00-18:00
Exhibition address: LINEPARK, Building 11, Dongxin and Chuangyuan, No. 139 Liuhe Road, West Lake District, Hangzhou
Photo by Cai Liechoo
FOUNDED IN THE SUMMER OF 2014 IN HANGZHOU, CAI LIECHAO STUDIO “MARIO TSAI STUDIO” IS A RESEARCH-ORIENTED DESIGN STUDIO THAT FOCUSES ON THE OUTPUT OF DESIGN THINKING, EXPLORES THE POTENTIAL PROPERTIES AND NEW APPLICATION METHODS OF MATERIALS, AND ADHERES TO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN METHODS.
The design services of Cai Liecao Studio are not only limited to the field of product design, but also hope to output solutions with front-end design thinking for customers from different fields with an open mind. Cai Liecao Studio provides design services such as furniture design, industrial product design, art installation design and interior design, as well as consulting services such as brand strategy and art direction. At present, he has provided design and brand consulting services to brands and customers from China, Italy, Denmark and Norway, including Shangxia, Zaozuo, Fauvism, Ferm living, Woud, etc. Since 2015, he has continued to exhibit in the world’s top exhibitions such as Milan Design Week and Stockholm Furniture Fair, and in 2017, Cai Liichao was nominated for the Stockholm Furniture Fair “Rising Star”.
Cai Liechao’s studio takes the research of the potential properties of materials and the exploration of new application methods as the main research goals, integrating Cai Liechao’s aesthetic ideology and cognitive understanding of society and culture, hoping to come up with solutions to improve society and the environment, as well as adapt to new application methods of design services. Cai Liecho Studio adheres to the principle of moderate design in the design process, using fewer materials and procedures to achieve a gentle minimalist state, which is the sustainable design method that Cai Liechao has always adhered to.