Lighting for interior design takes flight

Posted on December 14, 2012 by Megan

With the Retail and Leisure Interiors Awards well underway, we have received many exciting projects. So many elements of interior design have to add up to ensure the success of a project. Lighting design can be paramount to the creation of an atmospheric interior.

“Bird in Hand” is a project that came in from J. P. Meulendijks Design Studio in The Netherlands.
The suspended light made from ECOLOTEK material (durable, fully compostable material composed of natural hemp-fibres, minerals and binder) and uses 2 x E27 LED-light-bulbs.

The lamp is based on, and tribute to the universal art of hand shadows; making shadows on the wall using your hands to create birds, rabbits, and other figures. Playing with light and hand shadows is a centuries old past time long before electric light was invented. “BIRD IN HAND” plays with this concept: All of the hands are positioned to look like a flock of birds, flying out in circles. The shadows cast on the wall looks like birds. This results in a very expressive, dynamic and striking looking lamp, with layers of humour and poetry hidden in the design.

PLANKTON is a green and future-conscious design-label that focuses on environment, ecologic design and sustainability. Our goal is to provide interior products that are produced with a minimal environmental footprint and maximal life-cycle through durable construction and good timeless design with a little poetry and soul. For more info just visit

For all the latest projects that have entered the WAN Retail and Leisure Interiors Award just check out our website. If you have a project you would like to enter there is still time to submit. We are looking for the most innovative and interesting design projects from across a wide range of retail interior categories including Retail Outlets, Restaurants and Bars, Hotels and Spas, Arts & Leisure and private Members’ Clubs. For more information just click here.