EDAG, whose name stands for Engineering and Design AG, wanted to create a body structure that did without any material that wasn't absolutely necessary. This lead the company to pattern the Light Cocoon's construction on that of a leaf.
According to Johannes Barckmann, EDAG's head designer, the Light Cocoon concept uses "a stable, branch-like load bearing structure from the 3D printer, which only uses material where it is absolutely necessary".
The consultancy performed a whole range of static and dynamic calculations and simulations to figure out what the optimal structural design would be for a coupe-style car. Once that was completed, EDAG approached clothing company Jack Wolfskin to supply a weatherproof outer skin that would be stretched over the car's under-structure.
EDAG claims that the Jack Wolfskin-supplied covering weighs a mere 19 grams per square metre, and is about four times lighter than the standard type of paper used in photocopiers.
The company has also fitted a backlight to highlight the car's minimalist web-like structure and tightly stretched translucent skin.