Design X Saber: a Star Wars and design mashup

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The six sabers from the DESIGN X SABER project

With the new Star Wars movie set to be released on December 18, the San Francisco-based design firm Y Studios has designed lightsabers in the style of their favorite designers such as Zaha Hadid and Issey Miyake.

Alongside the flood of merchandise on the market, the American design firm Y Studios wanted to mark the release of "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" by paying tribute to their favorite designers. This resulted in the team designing six lightsabers in the style of Zaha Hadid, Charles and Ray Eames, Issey Miyake, Edith Heath and Dieter Rams.

Wai Loong Lim, Y Studio's founder, said the project was a "mashup of their favorite designers with a futuristic object that we love."

The team thought about the approach taken by these big names in contemporary design and the forms and materials used in their main works.

Zaha Hadid

For the Hadid Saber, the team was inspired by the work of the Iraqi-British architect on the yacht she designed for Blohm + Voss and the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre, which is still under construction. The handle of the saber reflects the curved forms used by the architect through an exoskeletal structure.

A video about the Hadid Saber: https://vimeo.com/144932719

Charles and Ray Eames

For the saber inspired by the American duo Charles and Ray Eames, designer giants of the 20th century, Y Studios looked at their famous Lounge Chair, which combines leather and molded laminated wood.

A video about the Eames Saber: https://vimeo.com/145096224

Issey Miyake

For the Miyake Saber, the team focused on the Japanese designer's famous Bao Bao bag. It is made of rigid geometrical forms that are reminiscent of origami.

A video about the Miyake Saber: https://vimeo.com/145308109

Edith Heath

The Heath Saber is a humorous tribute to the American ceramist Edith Heath. She is known for her Studio Cup which has been designed so the low-hanging holder can be held along with a cigarette in the same hand. The same holder has been incorporated into this blue ceramic saber.

A video about the Heath Saber: https://vimeo.com/145096687

Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer. For 40 years, he was Head of Design at Braun, the electric goods manufacturer. His lightsaber is inspired by the shape of the DL5 razor.

A video about the Rams Saber: https://vimeo.com/145097244

Y Studios

The sixth saber was designed by Y Studios. Not claiming to have a specific house style, the designers simply made a point of putting two spaces on the handle where two hands can be positioned. Also, the saber blade is flat, not tubular.

A video about the Y Studios Saber: https://vimeo.com/145823058

More information at www.designxsaber.com