[DEPARTURES 100] Swiss designer Patrick Weder knows that good things take time. His Honeycomb Lights are a perfect example of this – 200 hours of it, at least. Transforming industrial materials into sculptures of natural forms is creating objects that are equally aesthetic pieces as they are functional. Indeed, Weder's work with materials unconventionally used in interior design makes his handcrafted objects one of a kind, brilliant sources of light.
DEPARTURES: What was your inspiration behind the honeycomb lights?
Patrick Weder: The inspiration comes from the materials first. I like using everyday, industrial materials and transform them into organic shapes.
Tell us a bit more about how you got to where you are. Is your background in art and design?
PW: My background is in Fine Arts. I enjoy the process of creating things with my hands and pushing the boundaries of unconventional materials. I started making art and exhibiting at a really early age. I found a great art school that allowed me to grow, worked in a few wood shops and combined all the things I have learned to produce the work I do now.
You were born in Switzerland, but now live in New York. What led you to move to Brooklyn to pursue your artistic career?
PW: Once I discovered art it didn’t matter where I was I just had to create. Funny story really, I never meant to move to NY or Brooklyn - I was on vacation and stayed. It was one of the best non-decisions I have ever made. I was just lucky that my work guided me to Brooklyn at an early age and I have been able to make my living at what I love to do.
What fabrics, materials and textures do you work with?
PW: I’m always sourcing new materials, it is an obsession of mine. I’ve worked with wood, metal, paint, paper, wire, resin, sand, stone, concrete, and corian.
The honeycomb light sculptures are made with wire and paper. My other pieces I have been using different combinations of marble, steel, wood and concrete.
What is your work process like when designing and handcrafting honeycomb lights?
PW: Patience is key! I say it is like putting a ship in a bottle. A light sculpture can easily take over 200 hours to complete. The process consists of thousands of tiny pieces of paper, a paintbrush and a real eye for detail. It is a true labour of love.