The late Dutch industrial designer and sculptor, Aldo van den Nieuwelaar, characterised by geometric abstraction, a systematic approach and a minimal use of image resources — consistently represents simplicity and clarity of form in his work, reducing the design of all his products to their very essence. When I discovered the quite wonderful and minimalistic Cirkellamp by Aldo van den Nieuwelaar, I was surprised it hadn’t already been featured here on Minimalissimo. Originally designed in 1968 and consisting of a perfectly proportioned circle and square, Cirkellamp was produced in 2010 in honour of the great designer by Dutch lighting brand, Boops. The lamp has been updated with modern technology and makes use of a stepless dim button by a pulse dimmer. Beautiful, elegant and masterfully minimalist. Expect to see a few more Aldo van den Nieuwelaar designs celebrated in the future.
Categorized “Desk lamp”
This minimalist lamp is a recent creation of the Japanese studio YOY, who’s work we previously featured. The piece, laconically titled Light, is a modern take on an old concept. It breathes new life into a familiar lampshade idea. Thanks to the cleverly shaped LED fixture, the lamp produces a lampshade-like projection on the wall. I love the humor of this lamp. The poll is shaped like a socket, creating an illusion of the invisible lightbulb. The piece comes in two forms, as a table and floor lamp. It has debuted at the 2014 Milano Salone.
Federico Floriani’s 123 Lamp is a kit of minimalist parts. The sinuous composition of these elements is just the gravy. Italian industrial and graphic designer Floriani has conceived this source of illumination through a want of pushing structure abstraction to explore new aesthetics and leave behind the classic bulb. The result sees a solid oak wood body that uses two metal legs as a stand. Intended as a focused desk light that is consciously designed with minimalist lines and a simplified form. The 123 Lamp encourages a sense of interaction and engagement with the user, as well as being beautifully executed. Photography courtesy of Federico Floriani.
Meet Stroke, an LED desk lamp that seamlessly blends into your workspace with its smooth body. Stroke is manufactured by Bsize in Japan. Best light, minimal structure. Stroke is made of a single, thin, matte white sprayed, curved metal pipe. The integrated LED gently diffuses the light so that the surrounding is illuminated evenly. A microcomputer within the lamp triggers the light to gradually get brighter instead of all at once. The simple and elegant design keep Stroke out of your field of vision allowing you to focus on what you are working on. Last year Stroke was awarded with a red dot award.
New York based industrial designer and artist William Lee recently presented his latest offering at NY Design Week. This is Switch, a limited edition, minimalist lamp that engages interaction through its own function. The desk/bedside lamp draws inspiration from two places; a typical on/off switch on the wall, coupled with Lee’s interest for art direction, visual balance, and structure. Stripped down to its bare essentials, Switch is made entirely of an acrylic construction with 60 LEDs hidden underneath. Lee explains: In off mode, it faces down in an unassuming flat position. When toggled on, Switch brings an illuminating surprise and takes on another shape by its new orientation. The weighted base grounds the form, leaving a minimal cantilever in its architectural essence. What’s unique about Switch is its rechargeable power and detachable cable. In an age of digital technology where everyday objects communicate or work seamlessly, a portable lamp was appropriate where it can be placed virtually anywhere that light is needed in or outdoors, untethered and free. It’s a combination of Switch’s mobility and exquisite style that impresses so much. I have no doubt that this will be in high demand. Beautiful work.
The delicate and versatile Fluida desk lamp has been created by Marco De Santi and Alessandro Paoletti of Studio Natural for Italian brand Martinelli Luce. The piece, as the name suggests, can be fluidly adjusted to changing lighting needs and uses of the desk A thin flexible strip, fitted with LEDs, is attached to two metal bases. These bases connect via magnets in multiple positions and allow to change direction of the light. The Fluida lamp is the winner of the Young & Design Award 2013. Watch the video to see the piece in action.
Northern Irish industrial designer, David Irwin, operates specifically within the spectrum of contemporary furniture, product and lighting design, and it’s his lighting design that I’m introducing today. More specifically, the M Lamp – a simplistic and wireless task lamp. Inspired by the archetypal miner’s lamps of 19th century, Irwin set out to create a contemporary play on the aesthetics and function. Powered by an internal Lithium iron phosphate battery, this beautiful lamp can be wirelessly transported anywhere within the home, office and in between. Standing at 230mm, the M Lamp projects up to 3,000 lux of warm light from its adjustable head. In its standard mode, its dimmable LED will emit 1,000 lux for more than 8 hours on a single charge, which is ample brightness for late-night work or for reading in bed. The M Lamp is available from Juniper in three colours: Matte Black, Glossy White and Vibrant Orange.
Timp is a desk lamp by German-based industrial designer Lutz Pankow for Pliet. It is designed with extreme efficiency by using only 21W, is dimmable and creates a crisp, clean light that illuminates without any reflection. Being produced in 3 types of solid wood, it can be adjusted to secure to any table thickness between 10-60mm and the spread and amount of light is optimized in its fixed height from the surface of the desk. The proportions and geometry of the Timp lamp are not only so simple and pleasing to look at, but the use of wood as material in desk lamps is rather rare. What I appreciate most of Pankow’s design is improving the function of an essential task light and minimizing the cumbersome wire-pulling over the desk while producing a beautiful, elegant object.
These ambiguous desk objects by Max Phillips are truly a feat of minimalism. All three objects share the same form, which allows them to conceal their function until they are picked up. Phillips uses switchable smart glass, which turns from opaque to transparent with human touch, to achieve the unique property of these objects. One object is a clock, the other is a light, and the third is a simple container. According to Phillips, Desk Objects is an exploration into the relationship between product ambiguity and user interaction. While these objects may not be the most practical items to keep on one’s desk, I just love how Phillips explores the relationship between form and function in mundane, everyday objects. My favorite object by far is the container: it looks like the perfect place to hide little knick-knacks! Overall, this set is more conceptual than pragmatic, but I cannot deny the beauty of this design. See a video of the objects working their magic here.
Paris based designer Leonard Kadid, who’s work has previously been featured on Minimalissimo with his Bookmark lamp, has also recently designed this minimal and delicate looking Mountain lamp. This refined lamp with sharp lines is made of 0.7mm steel pieces, and is of course shaped like a mountain as its name suggests. It is illuminated by pulling on its thin blue wire. A very efficient use of materials, resulting in a beautiful piece of design, which would perhaps fit well as a couple of bedside lamps.
BE Light is an LED desk lamp for reading, designed by QisDesign, who have perfectly described the concept to us: With its clever hinge design, it can be fully extended to a height of 33.4 cm, and an angle of up to 135 degrees. It also provides adequate task lighting with white LED. When not in use, it can be folded down flat to a minimum height of 1.8 cm, taking up the least amount of space on a desk. It is made of aluminium alloy, which provides a greatly refined metallic finish. Yet what I find the most striking is its slim form and lightness when you are using it and how easily you can flatten it when you wish for it to go unnoticed on your desk.
This simple and clean-lined lamp concept has been conceived by Chicago based designer Jacob Nitz. The Contour desk lamp is comprised of a single tubular metal structure, bent into an ergonomic shape. Here is how designer describes his idea: As though it were a contour line tracing into space, it was created by a single steel tube. The self-supporting structure utilizes a warm, white LED light strip in a pivotal armature allowing for versatile lighting options. I like that instead of hiding the cord, Nitz decided to accentuate it with colour. And because the lamp itself comes in black, gray, blue, green, and red, multiple colour combinations can be achieved.