Cords and cables are notorious destroyers of visual peace and laconic beauty in minimalist designs. That is why it is so unusual to see a minimalist idea sprang from a humble cord and not much else. Petrus Palmér Jonas Pettersson and John Löfgren of Swedish studio Form Us With Love created the Cord Lamp for the brand Design House Stockholm. A textile cord is merged with a steel tube, holding aloft an oversized globe bulb. Here is how designers describe the concept: You can let it irritate you, break your neck tripping over it, or you can surrender, hide it behind the skirting board or press it into a groove. But it’s smarter to make friends with the enemy. Cord Lamp turns the cursed flex into a simple eye-catcher. If there’s any message to a lamp, just for the fun of it, what about ‘make peace not war’. I love how delicate the piece looks. A simple cord and a simple bulb, just by being made a focal point, appear quite exquisite.
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I really do enjoy the work of the Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune and the w126 lamp is one of their latest product designs for the fellow Swedish company Wästberg. Explaining the inspiration behind the lamp’s design, CKR writes: Historic industrial design icons such as the Starship Enterprise or the Citroën’s steering wheel were inspirational when designing the w126 uplighter. Admittedly two quite technical examples, but this is a lamp that demanded both highly advanced engineering and a bit of iconicity. It is available in a variety of colours, including white, grey and orange, and it has two different LED light sources, one up and one down, to create your desired ambience for each moment. Excellent!
Belgian interior architect Luc Ramael, who’s no frills design work of furniture and lighting objects spans over thirty years. He designed this wonderful Biluna floor lamp in 2008 for Italian interior lighting brand, Prandina. The lamp, which has been produced in three versions – F5, F7 and F9 – all of varying sizes, comprises painted polypropylene outer diffuser, opal white thermoformed methacrylate inner diffuser, electronic ballast, and a transparent methacrylate support ring. The smooth, simple form, appearing almost as if it were hovering above the floor, along with the size options to accommodate different spaces, makes Ramael’s design an incredibly attractive interior feature. Biluna is available in matt sand, matt or glossy white and matt or glossy black. It is also available with a foot controlled power cord dimmer. Stunning.
Joren Naerebout, a young and talented interior designer for the Amsterdam based Studio Bakker, recently shared with me his exquisitely handcrafted lighting fixture, .02 Luminaire. The frame is bent by hand in a steel mould. The luminaire carefully balances between the floor and the wall. The shape of the frame is designed to elevate and embrace the bulb and guide the wire. The material used for the slim, minimal frame is a blackened steel. This is a frame design that carefully considers the aesthetic impact of the wire, which results in the wire appearing as a seamless extension or continuation of the frame itself – an aspect of this floor lamp I really enjoy. It is available for purchase, however Naerebout must be currently contacted personally.
Inspired by the art of the traditional Japanese form of archery, Kyudo is a minimalist floor lamp by German designers Hansandfranz for Italian furniture manufacturer Kundalini who interpreted its philosophy of focusing on the ceremonial aspect of the discipline rather than the targeted goal into its design. With its frame made of aluminum, LED lights run along the profile of the arc that resembles the bow. The arc is adjustable on a sliding track, allowing the direction of the light to move along the frame. So elegant in its form and proportions, it has been a favorite fixture of mine simply because it challenges how a traditional floor lamp is typically lit. It practices both in form and concept the state of shin-zen-bi, which means “truth-goodness-beauty”, the philosophy carried in the art of Kyudo.
The Tilta Lamp is a charming light fixture designed by Scoope Design. As the name suggests, Tilta Lamp can tilt back and forth on its concrete base. The concrete is molded so as to allow the lamp to rotate at almost 360 degrees. The metal piece at the top of the lamp acts as a handle for which to move the light, and gravity does the rest of the work! Tilt it left, tilt it right, tilt it any way you like! This lamp is just so fun! Light fixtures are rarely this exciting! Most lamps just go on or off, but Tilta Light allows the user a whole new way to interact with lamps. The lamp’s range of motion is not just for fun, it is functional in that it allows the user an easy way to direct artificial light. The lamp is available as either a floor lamp or reading lamp. I am personally a huge fan of the smaller reading lamp: I know I would be wobbling it back and forth on my desk all day!
The Hello floor lamp by Swedish architect Jonas Wagell, designed for the brand Normann Copenhagen, is laconic and precise. The idea of the piece came about when Wagell needed a large lamp for an architect project. He experimented with several aluminium shades attached to a piece of wood. This planted the seed for creating Hello. Jonas Wagell explains: Many existing lamps either have a very technological appearance or look quite basic and cheap. Floor lamps – and lamps in general – which have a simple design but also a strong character and a high quality and finish are difficult to come by. Hello is an attempt to fill that gap. I really like the scale of the piece. The oversized elements make it appear as an unusually big desk lamp, which is a fun and refreshing idea. I also love the acrylic inner shade, making harsh stainless steel look soft and approachable.
New York based industrial designer and artist William Lee recently designed Poser – a geometrical lighting structure, which will surely be appreciated by minimalists. Poser’s pure and structurally simple form gently leans against the wall at a 25 degree angle and relies on its interior space to function and stand. Presented at this year’s New York Design Week for Wanted Design, the metal lamp shade pivots and is designed for left and right orientation of the foot base. I enjoy this design not only for it’s simple, stylish aesthetic attributes, but also the fact it brings the relationship of furniture with its surroundings a step closer.
Swiss born and Berlin based designer and architect Clemens Tissi recently developed his first furniture collection, comprising a number of cubic pieces. There was however, one piece in particular that caught my eye. That is the wonderfully minimal Lichtkiste light box, which serves both as a floor lamp and a side table. Initially showcased at last year’s Milan Design Week, Tissi’s Lichtkiste offers independent elements that enable “direct access to the subject area and volume, light and dark, light and shadow.” The user modulates the light by simply moving the individual elements. Made from MDF with a white or light grey, hand-painted surface finish, Lichtkiste measures 37cm x 35cm x 34cm. This piece would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to my living room.
Twist is a stunning floor lamp that allows you to control the amount of light you desire. It is simple to use: just twist the neck and the light will smoothly move up. Only as many LEDs are lit up as are needed which means that when the lamp is half the way up only the top half of the LEDs are turned on. The lamp has a solid stainless steel base and the neck is made of powder coated aluminum. Twist, created by Milan based Stefan Krivokapic, founder of Skrivo Design, in cooperation with Arian Brajkovic, was recognized in 2010 with a Premio Lissone Design award.
Sorry Giotto is a new LED lighting collection by Italian brand Catellani & Smith. The name refers to the legendary perfect freehand circle drawn by Italian painter Giotto di Bondone in the 14th century. The modern circular objects in question are made from hand painted copper and LED, projecting relaxing warm light on the vertical surface. The collection includes a wall and a floor versions, the latter of which has already scored the ‘Best Floor Light’ award at the Wallpaper Design Awards 2012. I love the dynamic between the circular shape of the lighting object and a larger circle of light it produces. It looks almost like a halo. And thanks to the LED technology, the 21st century halo-like reflections are much easier to make. Sorry Giotto…
Italian Graphic designer Luca Vagnini, based in Pesaro, is the creator behind Chick Lamp – a simple, attractive and portable rectangular light on legs. The simplistic and modest form of the Chick Lamp allows it to be used as a table lamp due to its size, or as a portable floor lamp, providing a lantern-like effect. Made with oak wood, the lamp has been designed with the option of both black and white lacquered iron rods. The whole structure is fixed by only two small screws located under the wooden box and is best used with low energy bulbs. It has a retro quality to it, which certainly appeals.