The Hakkak Lamp is the very first outcome of our collaboration. It objectifies the aesthetic based on materials and construction principles. The idea behind Hakkak was inspired by debris found from a Hakka Round House in Fujian, China. We realized that there could be potential hidden behind such a tiny piece of debris. Before modern architectural materials such as cement and steel were invented, traditional mortar was constantly used by the Chinese for 1500 years by adding sticky rice soup into the limestone mortar. They build their monumental pieces such as the Great Wall with it. Unfortunately, use of traditional mortar has gradually faded away from people’s memory these days.
We decided to critically experiment with this traditional mortar, self-concocting our own re-mixture based on the ancient Sanhetu technique and also the modern laboratory way to attempt an ultra durable sample similar to those debris found in the Hakka round house. After 14 attempts we developed our own formula of making the mortar with almost the same quality but with various beautiful textured appearances.
The HPL-SRM (Hakka Pendant Lamp Sticky Rice Mortar) protype is still a work in progress. With a separate 3 part mold for press molding and a strong wooden framework structure inside, the final product will ready to be launched in next summer. there are two variations have already been made for testing and small-scale production. The fiberglass and silicon versions present how each material communicates different ideologies in our living space.
Hakkak offers a high level of lighting comfort engaged with an ingenious technical construction. The shade could be setup on either side as a pendant or a floor lamp. There is a similarity between the Hakkak lighting glow and day light glow. The concave lens gives off a warmly diffused light and the acrylic ensures 100% light transmittance. This imitates the full advantage of natural light. The LED light bulb emits light from the concave lens to send out a more comfortable pyramid of light.
Prototypes that already be made by Benwu Studio include :HPL-F(Hakkak pendant Lamp Fiber glass) comes with a hard glossy white finished lightshade. further production level models could be also made with injection molded ABS. HPL-S(Hakkak Pendant Lamp Silicon) comes with a soft shade. Hakkak can be also set-up as a HFL(Hakkak Floor lamp ) for interiors or courtyards.Dimensions: (H 330mm W 500mm)