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Truth to Materials

Truth to material is an architectural tenet based on the idea that materials should be used where they are most appropriate, and without their innate qualities being concealed in any way. The famous sculptor Henry Moore once said: “…one of the first principles of art so clearly seen in primitive work is truth to material. The artist shows an instinctive understanding of his material, its right use and possibilities.”

Truth to Materials

An eco-designer is naturally drawn to honest materials. They embody the essence of the material. It shows consideration to the story and respect for the place from where the materials have come from. From the forest, from the mines or from the factory. This history can be told through the elegant use of true materials.


Each part of the build on the e-Wirelight design has been carefully considered against this principle. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and it will outlast all the other components in the lamp. It's sheer strength and hardness makes it resistant to scratching. Eco-friendly because it is 100% recyclable. All this without the need for a coating or a finish to look attractive. The timber component is true. The fine finish and the organic shape of the timber post remind one that this timber was once a part of the forest. Some of our favourite variations of fine recycled paper hint at previous incarnations with the scattered variation and colours in the sheet. The design is not completely void of plastic. There is the plastic switch, and there is plastic coasting around the cord. Both of which we have opted for the translucent true to material finish.

When it comes to materials, honesty is indeed the best policy. Somehow products like these are rarely seen in a world where things are rushed off to market, the cheapest metals are gold-plated and the paper is bleached white. The e-Wirelight strives to bring true materials back into the home.

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