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Brief Published: 18 Oct 2013

Tyvek: Lightweight Products


As discussed in our industry trend Design Democracy: Shift, when it comes to creating lightweight products, designers are looking beyond their own sectors for materials that can be given new applications. As a result, Tyvek is becoming a popular choice for the domestic domain. 

Typically used in industry, Tyvek is made from plastic fibres. The synthetic material boasts similar lightweight qualities to paper, but is also tear-resistant and far more durable.

French industrial designer Jean-Sébastien Lagrange chose this material to make his flatpack lightshade, Lulu. Made from identical Tyvek strips that are held in place at the top and bottom by coloured rings, the simple design can easily be assembled by the consumer.

Tyvek Vase by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Jiwon Choi, can be used as packaging for flowers as well as a vase for display. The minimal vessel is lightweight, yet when filled with water, is sturdy enough to stand upright unaided. 

For more lightweight materials inspiration, see the Super-Light section of the Stylus Materials Focus 2014-15.