The design of the 1597 lightning fixture is based on the Fibonacci* sequence of numbers appearing in nature all
around us. 1597 is inspired by the Coneflower and the way in which the growing patterns of its seeds are arranged. The holes depicting the small petals in the center of the flower are placed around the bulb in such a way that no matter from what angle you look at the lamp, you can’t escape the rays of light that it creates.
1597 can be mounted on the wall or on the ceiling. It has a strong decorative shape that works well both as a single light source and in multiple sequence arrangements. The material used for both the shade and the mounting unit is dirt protected Laser Sintered Polyamide. It uses a 120V G9 halogen bulb (Max 40 Watt). The size of the fixture is 12.5” in diameter and 6.3” in depth. The 1597 light won the Interior Innovation Award at the 2006 IMM Cologne fair.
Janne’s deep interest in science and technology is reflected in his designs. He welcomes complexity as a challeng and is willing to spend the time needed to achieve just the right form. It took him six months to create the 1597. For Kyttänen, design is both an intellectual process and a hands-on activity. He wants to get all of his senses involved in the design process in order to make the objects come alive.
With 1597, Janne was inspired by the connection between mathematics and the laws of nature, and Rapid Manufacturing was the only available technology that made it possible to create this beautiful light with its perfect spirals of softly illuminated petals. With Rapid Manufacturing it is possible to produce a customized solid object from a computer-crafted design anywhere in the world in a cost-efficient manner. The P2L custom soccer shoe by Janne Kyttänen also on display in the exhibition is an example of another product created with Rapid Manufacturing technology.
Freedom of Creation (FOC) is a pioneering design and research company whose mission is to bring together the
latest technology and design. It is specialized in Digital Manufacturing projects. The company produces unique light designs and interior accessories in highly complex and intricate forms. Since 2000, the extensive research conducted by FOC in Rapid Manufacturing techniques has resulted in the production of rapid manufactured fabrics made of thousands of tiny, interlocking pieces. Further experiments have produced watchstraps and jewelry made of a mixture of flexible aluminum and nylon. Janne is convinced that all this is just a foretaste of what is to come: a profound change in the way in which objects are manufactured. Janne Kyttänen founded FOC in 2000 in Helsinki, Finland. The company is currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where Kyttänen studied industrial design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. His MA thesis on the Rapid Manufacturing method laid the foundation for FOC.
* Fibonacci numbers are a series of whole numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding
numbers, starting with 0 and 1. Although mathematical, the numbers are closely connected to laws of nature and
are found everywhere, from our fingers and toes to the number of petals on flowers.
Summary in Finnish