Minimalissimo


Categorized “Reading lamp”

Young Canadian designer Mark Parsons is the creative force behind this beautiful light object. Aptly called Silhouette, the piece repeats Edison’s classic in shape, but surpasses it greatly in function. Designer explains:  The objective was to create a lamp that can adapt from wall, ceiling, floor or task lighting, while being manufactured to be as inexpensive & environmentally friendly as possible. The name Silhouette sprung from a literal nod at the traditional form of the incandescent light bulb whose basic design and form had remained unchanged for over 100 years.  If you want to hang it from the ceiling (my favorite option), you can use a special adaptor that comes with the lamp. Silhouette is a concept piece so far, and I really hope it sees the light of production.


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.


Spot is a multipurpose light, created by Gloria Ngiam, Nigel Geh & Guillaume Bloget. Its simple design consists of only two parts – a 10 watt LED and a handle, with which it can be hung, hand-held, or placed on a surface as a table lamp. Made from durable water-resistant polypropylene (PP) material, the piece is suitable for outdoor use. We were inspired by the simplicity, and functionality of industrial work lights. With SPOT, we retained the mobility of conventional torches and industrial work lights, as well as the dynamic rotational movement of theatrical stage lights. Stripping them down to their essentials and introduced an element of playfulness to it, bringing you a refreshing design of a functional light. I love how versatile and visually unobtrusive this design is. To reserve your own Spot light check out the Indiegogo campaign currently running for the piece.


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.


This minimal lamp was created by Netherlands based designer Mieke Meijer for the ‘Untouchables’ show by Dutch Invertuals. The idea of the exhibition was to portray the live we live in the rapidly changing world. Mieke Meijer’s respons to the theme was that finding the right balance is the key. The lamp she presented resembles the static equilibrium of a tower crane. She translated the theme of vulnerability into a lamp that consists of two balancing wooden posts connected by a single wire. Another beauty of this project is in the combination of high bright LED technology with tactile materialization. The LEDs are hidden within the horizontal post. When the brass strips touch, the electrical circuit is closed and the light turns on. You can adjust the position of the lamp by moving the horisontal post, and by bringing it down you can turn the light off. Watch the video to see the object in action.


A proper reading lamp is essential when you want to read a book. Designers Tom Allen, Christian Vivanco and Yago Rodriguez form Barcelona’s The Emotion Lab. They developed Monsieur, a reading lamp designed to creating an intimate and personal atmosphere around your reading chair. With a single arm movement you can adjust its position, so the lights shines exactly at your book. The lamp has a small auxiliary surface, ideal for a book, a coffee mug or a glass of wine.