Molo’s Cloud-Like LED Lamps Sport Recyclable Shades

What if, instead of hanging from the ceiling or sprouting out of a corner, energy-efficient lighting could simply float through the air like fat clouds on a summer day? That’s the lighter-than-air inspiration behind Molo Design’s newest offering of LED lamps.

The new collection of floor and table lamps feature softlight LEDs for energy-efficient illumination without the harsh glow associated with some modern luminaries. Perched on delicate, stilt-like frames, the LEDs are shrouded in a puffy, cylindrical shade that mimics the cumulus cloud drifting lazily through a bluebird sky.

molo cloud softlight LED lamps

Image via Molo Design

The anti-gravity shades do more than just shield our eyeballs from the raw light and mimic clouds, however. The pillowy accessories are made from Tyvek, a DuPont-patented material that’s been used to make everything from protective apparel to industrial packaging. “The non-woven polyethylene material named Tyvek, is 100% recyclable and made from 5 to 15% recycled content,” reports Inhabitat, and has been used in previous Molo lighting designs.

DuPont manages a nationwide recycling program that collects used Tyvek – even when used for printed products– and recycles it into other useful materials that provide sound alternatives to the use of wood, including park benches, playground equipment, etc.

Molo founders Founders and designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen unveiled the new lamps at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. Starting at $530.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog