The Planet Suspension Lighting is Inspired by Astronaut Cloth

 - Jan 29, 2012
References: foscarini & design-milk
Aside from its globular shape, the Planet suspension lighting doesn’t resemble a planet at all. Nevertheless, there happens to be a more appropriate reason why it was named so. This impressive pendant lamp is "inspired by a study commissioned by NASA (carried out by Dainese in partnership with MIT) on high performance "intelligent" clothing worn by astronauts," according to Design Milk.

Created by Changedesign for Italian lighting company Foscarini, the Planet suspension lighting features a fabric exterior without any inner structure to form it. Instead, the lamp uses thread that has been treated at high temperature to form it. Once cooled, the thread hardens into an exoskeleton to support the lamp’s shape.

The Planet suspension lighting is available in two sizes.