The Circle lamp has been created by Stockholm based designer Monica Förster for Italian furniture brand De Padova. And as the name suggests, the shape of the piece shows the elements of circular geometry. The circle-shaped base gives a starting point to a circular frame, which in turn serves as a stand for the third circle – a lampshade. Here is how Förster explains this concept: The idea to this lamp has been to go ”back to basic” and work with simple geometric shapes – a half circle. The half circle looks simplified from the side but looking at the lampshade from the front it has a double curved shape, bending over the frame. I love the delicate simplicity of the piece. It is pleasing to see that variations of a singular geometric shape can inspire such a beautiful silhouette. The lamp is made of bent sheet metal with a matte rubber finish.
Categorized “Floor lamp”
Composition Light is a project recently completed by Canadian born designer Miya Kondo. The collection is comprised of a series of light sculptures that vary in size and colour. Used in combination, the objects can create different effects. Depending on the position of the elements and their relation to each other, the quality of light is modified and the ambiance of the space altered. Miya Kondo explains: Light acts as an interpreter for how we experience space – our emotional experience of space, time and place. We can be captivated by the influence of light on the shape of objects, on the atmosphere around us and the feeling of our surroundings. The installation of the Composition Light project recently took place during the Dutch Design Week 2011.
This beautifully subtle lighting object, called Colour, is a collaborative effort of two of Norway’s most acclaimed design stars Daniel Rybakken and Andreas Engesvik, produced by French furniture firm Ligne Roset. The piece is comprised of a series of diffusers, placed in front of a light source. Free standing and fully adjustable, these screens create different light and colour effects. Daniel Rybakken explains: Using sheets of coloured glass placed freely in front of a light source, Colour invites the user to mix various hues. I was also intrigued here by the exploded concept of a lamp, formed not only of multiple components, but by multiple objects too. This power to co-create, given to the user, opens up many possibilities. Diffusers may vary in shape and transparency, creating even more unique combinations.
Taiwanese design studio QisDesign have created the Coral Reef Light. The chic and elegant LED light has been produced as a silver-coloured table lamp and a metallic floor lamp, both composed of aluminium alloys and polycarbonate. Inspired by the natural theme of the coral reef, the light is a collaborative project with Taiwan’s National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium (NMMBA). Activated by a touch dimmer on the side, the Coral Reef table lamp features an adjustable lighting platform enabling users to simply change the lighting angle. The floor lamp however, features three overlapping lighting layers, each of which can be activated independently by being swivelled. This cleverly symbolises an ever-changing natural light movement of which the design is based.
Ville Kokkonen designed for Artek the WHITE collection of four bright-light fitting, recently launched at the Milan International Furniture Fair and Lighting Exhibition 2011. WHITE is an outcome of Artek Studio’s in-depth research on the use of light fittings in domestic, office and public spaces. In common light fittings, with their design and colour, are the stars on stage, and light gets sidelined. With WHITE Kokkonen wanted to bring a new perspective on how we perceive lighting. Now it is time for white light to take center stage! The collection consists of BRIGHT WHITE 1 (a, light-therapy certified, bright light table lamp), WHITE 2 (a standing and wall light), WHITE 3 (a suspended light) and WHITE 4 (a table light).
Technology, design and poetry are the guidelines that have taken to the planning of this floor lamp, having big dimensions, and designed to be an elegant piece of furniture. That’s what Italian lighting manufacturer Lucente says about their floor lamp Semjase. The lamp, from the hand of industrial designer Sandro Santantonio, flows from the base to the top in one continuous curve, giving the lamp a fantastic minimalist and futuristic feel.
No, it’s not a new iMac… This is Area, a table lamp designed by Milano based Habits Studio for Italian lighting manufacturer Luceplan. The Area is packed with interesting features. It is a LED lamp, which is energy efficient, but which also allows for a beautiful flat design. The large white plexiglass surface disperses the light in a uniform way, but it is also backlit – yep: light from the front and the back. And there’s more: with a series of aluminium supports you can easily turn the table lamp into a pendant, wall lamp, and even floor lamp. Oh, and you switch it on and off via a touch sensor in the side of the frame. Sweet… (Thx, Jorge!)
Moon – a simple and magical lamp, designed by Davide Groppi of Italian design studio Davide Groppi attracted my eye. Designed already a few years back – 2005 – but nevertheless a great piece of lightening I wanted to share with you. A miniature version of the ‘big brother’ out there in the dark sky of the night … Hand made of pure Japanese paper, in a 60 centimeter sphere, the light is softly muted, showing the great texture and overlays of the material.
IN lamp is a unique lamp concept by Russian based industrial designer Katherine Semenko. Organic shaped and with a touch of art deco IN lamp is made from a closed material with some kind of reptile skin pattern on one side and the light shining from the reverse side. The Lamp as alive organism. The front is dense closed material. The Reverse side – light. The Reverse side as a soul…
Licht is designed by Soo Kwon, a recent graduate from the Art Center College of Design of Pasadena CA – USA. Licht, made of galvanized wire in red of black, is a floor- and table lamp structured through the silhouette of the light. Licht celebrates the fusion of high-design with low-tech manufacturing.The design process began with the investigation of processes in local boutique manufacturers. It’s about light. It’s about simplicity. It’s about effortless.
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka gave us Tear Drop: a glass and aluminum pendant. Isn’t it angelic? Yoshioka started as an apprentice to Shiro Kuramata and to Issey Miyake, but started his own his own design office in 2000. Since then, no less than 9 of his products made it into the MoMa collection. This includes the ToFU lamp and, yes: Tear Drop. Tear Drops are produced by Japanese lighting manufacturer Yamagiwa to be used as pendants, but I’d put this on a table: I just want to hold them!