The Bel Pendant Light is made from hundreds of thin wooden slices, laser-cut then layered up to create an intricately contoured interior that's illuminated by a warm white LED bulb.
Digital modelling meets traditional handcraft
The Digital Wood collection by LMBRJK comprises a series of objects made by slicing a digital model into separate layers, cutting them out from thin layers of birch plywood and glueing them back together to form a three-dimensional object. Each one is then worked by hand to achieve the desired finish.
Laser-cut and built up in layers
LMBRJK creates each piece in the Digital Wood collection using the same process, with every stage from conception to finishing touches carried out by the designers themselves at their workshop in Antwerp.
They begin by manipulating a digital 3D form using software designed for architectural modelling, before slicing the virtual model into profiles. Every profile is then accurately reproduced from thin sheets of plywood using a laser cutter.
The duo spread each component with glue and layer them up by hand in a time-intensive process, clamping together a few at a time while the glue hardens to gradually build up the object in physical space exactly as it appeared on the screen.
Assembled and finished by hand
The designs gain strength from their multi-layered structure and the glue between every slice. Each piece is carefully hand-finished using traditional woodworking techniques, resulting in a tactile surface that bares the striated patterns and contouring of the digital model.
It would be impossible to make these products with traditional techniques—Jon Kleinhample of LMBRJK