SKin is an organic light fixture inspired by nature and its resources. It is designed to celebrate a diverse natural material grown by bacteria during the fermentation process of Kombucha, a probiotic drink made of fermented tea and honey.

An organic shaped metal rod wrapped with a mesh is used to support the kombucha skin. The process to obtain a kombucha skin occurs with the help of a culture of yeast and bacteria. The bacteria protect its culture from external microorganisms by weaving a cellulose bio-film that floats on top, which is almost like skin.

SKin came about during careful observation of the properties and behaviour of the material. When the bio-film is left under the sun to dry, it curls and folds in a unique way each time, similar to a leaf. Hence the shape and the structure of the light fixture were derived from a dry plumeria leaf (also known as frangipani). The central, tapering, and curved metal rod resembles the midrib of a leaf while the mesh acts like the venation; microscopic in proportion, it is embedded within the skin. Illuminated by a metal plate with an LED strip facing upwards, SKin appears glowing while floating in space. The contrast between the organic form of the structure and the linearity of the plates is grounding. It is designed this way to be visually orienting, providing an experience of warmth and serenity in a space, bringing us back to nature.

Artist Biography

Freelance interior designer Shaza Khalil was raised in Oman and has been based in the UAE for the last seven years. Since receiving a degree in Interior Architecture from the American University of Sharjah, Shaza has explored various fields including research, teaching, project management, interior and fit-out design. She was the youngest instructor to teach a college-level course at the Scientific College of Design, Muscat and was the youngest designer to handle a project from start to turn-key...

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Shaza Khalil
SKin

In Stock:
Limited edition of 10
Size:
45 (H) x 65 (W) x 200 (L) cm.
Materials:
Electroplated aluminium, stainless steel, kombucha, beeswax, oils, LED.

Delivery:

Dubai: 6 business days
Other Emirates: 8-10 business days
International (including GCC): 30 business days

SKin is an organic light fixture inspired by nature and its resources. It is designed to celebrate a diverse natural material grown by bacteria during the fermentation process of Kombucha, a probiotic drink made of fermented tea and honey.

An organic shaped metal rod wrapped with a mesh is used to support the kombucha skin. The process to obtain a kombucha skin occurs with the help of a culture of yeast and bacteria. The bacteria protect its culture from external microorganisms by weaving a cellulose bio-film that floats on top, which is almost like skin.

SKin came about during careful observation of the properties and behaviour of the material. When the bio-film is left under the sun to dry, it curls and folds in a unique way each time, similar to a leaf. Hence the shape and the structure of the light fixture were derived from a dry plumeria leaf (also known as frangipani). The central, tapering, and curved metal rod resembles the midrib of a leaf while the mesh acts like the venation; microscopic in proportion, it is embedded within the skin. Illuminated by a metal plate with an LED strip facing upwards, SKin appears glowing while floating in space. The contrast between the organic form of the structure and the linearity of the plates is grounding. It is designed this way to be visually orienting, providing an experience of warmth and serenity in a space, bringing us back to nature.

Artist Biography

Freelance interior designer Shaza Khalil was raised in Oman and has been based in the UAE for the last seven years. Since receiving a degree in Interior Architecture from the American University of Sharjah, Shaza has explored various fields including research, teaching, project management, interior and fit-out design. She was the youngest instructor to teach a college-level course at the Scientific College of Design, Muscat and was the youngest designer to handle a project from start to turn-key...

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