Enso Lamp by Laokoon Company

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Textile and tapestry designer, Zsuzsanna Szentirmai-Joly, during her study years was given an exercise which led her to a long period of experimentation with movement in materials. That is when she invented the internationally recognized remarkable textile, the “Laokoon textile art”.

In Laokoon Design, they believe design is destined to be part of nature. They transform, and contort the environment through their creating. Their imagination and the physical limitations of the material are constantly fighting their vibrant battle in this process. This exchange creates energy and potential, and it is this thought that Laokoon was born out of.
When it comes to shapes and forms, Laokoon truly demonstrates its own personality. Ultimately working with Laokoon will always remain an interchange. By affecting the material a certain way and it responds by taking on an organic and bio morphological shape that pleases the eye and stimulates creativity and imagination. All artificial forces that impact Laokoon evolve into curves and waves; they converge into a certain dynamic harmony and serenity.
This is the remarkable source of the immense inner strength that can be observed.
Zsolt Pyka – Designer
Enso lamp Laokoon’s intention was to expand emotional consciousness through this prototype, and create an inimitable combination with materials and forms that balance on the edge of minimalism but still generate rigidity and contradiction.
The Enso lamp is another architectural creation. Together with the Laokoon textile it is a piece of art. The concrete base already makes a substantial impact and this perception only deepens as it is wrapped with coated iron. Finally the glass unveils a light and transparent image.

Laokoon’s uniqueness lies in its lamp shade’s smooth transformation into dissimilar shapes. The Enso lamp is a concept lamp that illustrates the ways Laokoon textile plays with light. The two entwine into a breathtaking installation resembling a sculpture.

“The name of the brand is the perfect choice in many regards. Firstly the mythological figure, Laocöon and his sons were attacked by sea snakes and the surface of the moving weave has the impression of snakeskin. Secondly, the famous antique statue, Laocöon and His Sons based on the mythological story, is one of the most well known examples of an artist capturing the ever-changing nature and movement in a still piece of art. Showing completeness through a frozen moment. This is the exact potential in the Laokoon textile. Always changeable, moveable and when the desired structure is achieved, it retains its dynamic attribute in its static state.”
The Laokoon textile art is a composition of technology, material science and natural organic forms. In technology it relies on the traditional sewing and weaving techniques. When she began working on the concept of Laokoon she used traditional sewing methods, acquiring them through hands-on experience starting from the very basics as she wanted to better understand the processes that use machines in mass production. Laokoon’s structural technology originated from these studies, but it also involves a 21st century production and design technology.
Laokoon is an open structure; it evolves as one attaches new and new materials to it. Currently they are experimenting with high-quality plastics for their extraordinary flexibility and stress tolerance. Plastics have also a great surface for colour design. Nonetheless in the future they wish to return to natural materials such as leather and different types of fiber boards.
Zsuzsanna, as a textile designer, first used the new material creating clothing accessories. At this stage she incorporated prismatic plastics into her structures. For handbags made with this technique she received the “Hungarian Design Award” in 2003.
This was followed by a period of long, serious and dedicated work. Under the lead of Zsuzsanna the Laokoon Ltd. was formed, the aim of which was to perfect and industrialize the production and ensure the copyright of the new material. The long and persistent work paid off, as Laokoon Design received the Blickfang Designer pries GOLD award in 2013.

After the initial successes, with breaks here and there, it took 10 years of work until the now near-perfect material structure can be considered between the best of the design scene. Zsuzsanna gladly thinks back to those workshops, conferences, talks, consultations, and personal meetings that constantly renewed her momentum on the road towards world fame.