Roll is a recent minimalist creation of French designer Ferréol Babin. The T-shaped object combines in itself a well thought-out functional idea with visual simplicity. The piece is composed of two independent yet complementary elements. The tube with the lighting source fits on the base. Thanks to the rotational motion, you can adjust the light, going from an indirect and soft one, to a direct light perfect for reading or working. I also love how portable Roll is. You can easily take it apart for storage and transportation. The transformer is hidden inside the hollow body of the lamp, which is another beautiful touch.
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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.
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.
Donna Bates’ rural Irish background has highly influenced her first lighting collection, Parlour Lighting. The series was inspired by her early years growing up on a farmyard where the lighting vessels themselves echo glass vats found in a milking parlour. Launched at the Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2013 in London, the collection is a series of six differing shapes and lighting sizes. The Parlour Lighting collection of vessels takes inspiration from the milking parlour and the receiving, which were used to collect the milk from the cows. The collection comprises options of colours and finishes; black, green or blue frames and oak or walnut-turned bases. Bates has made a considered effort to engage local craftspeople, where the pieces are hand-blown by the same manufacturers that used to create the jars for the dairy industry. The designer feels passionate about design, but equally so about supporting local hand skilled makers. The reference is one of considered nostalgia, trending with current design and the consideration of re-use. While referencing local ways of life, past and present, the aesthetic has a warmth and familiarity. The combination of clear and frosted glass elements, together with the discreet bulb selection, all enhance the warmth...
Thin lines and effortless functionality are but two mere elements of Daniel Rybakken’s Ascent table lamp designed for Luceplan. Presented at Euroluce, in Milan 2013, this piece is made from a combination of aluminium and technopolymer and is available in two alternate versions, with or without a standing base. In the base-less option, there exists an anchor bolt. In both options, the lamp is designed to be suitable for larger public spaces as well as domestic use. Disassembled, the elements that comprise the Ascent table lamp are traditionally recognisable. However, its Rybakken’s reinterpretation of its reassembly that is impressive. Mounted on a slender vertical stem, by moving the head along the stem the light intensity goes from being turned off at the bottom position, to gradually ascending to the full light output at the top. This ease of use, and variation in customisation, affords the user the ability to control the light intensity, but also the spread of the light. Daniel Rybakken, based on Norway, has a growing portfolio of work that spreads installation, lighting and illumination experimentations. With a background in Fine Arts and Design, his work spans across both disciplines, pushing boundaries through innovation on both accounts. The...
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.
Rim table lamp by Japanese born Paris based designer Jun Yasumoto is a simplified take on the lampshade idea. Made of steel, aluminium and lampshade fabric, the piece diffuses light on one side and reflects it on the other. The circular frame moves freely around the bulb, allowing the user to chose different angles and control the direction of the light. Designer claims that the minimalist style of Rim was only partly chosen for aesthetic reasons. The simple construction eliminates a complex production process and makes manufacturing more affordable. Rim lamp comes in black and yellow.
This elegant lamp has been created by Berlin based designer Uli Budde for Slovenian lighting brand Vertigo Bird. Inspired by traditional oil lamps, the piece produces warm diffused light. The effect is achieved by the three simple elements – a bulb, a cylindrical base and a thin diffuser, leaning over it. Here is how designer describes the piece: The lamp’s light source is situated inside a cylindrical base. Light shines upwards and lights the reflector, which tilts forwards, re-directing and reflecting a diffused glimmer of light. If you look at the lamp full face, it resembles an air balloon (hence the name). It is made from lacquered aluminium and plastic and is available in white or yellow.
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.
BlancoWhite was created as a series of four models with essential shapes, usable as table-top bookcases, luminous shelves, or lighting composition systems, destined to play a leading role in our daily life. A new form of lighting which immediately convinces the user thanks to its quality and technology. BlancoWhite domesticates the light of LED and take better advantage of its greats benefits. This is how the Spanish design studio Estudi Arola explains BlancoWhite, their new collection for Santa & Cole - a recent winner of a Silver Delta in the Delta’12 Awards. I think Estudi Arola created a great concept mixing shelves and lights, resulting in a very elegant and flexible design, which is useful in many different situations and spaces.
Sixties is a table lamp designed by the Russian industrial designer Maxim Maximov. As its own name indicates, the lamp has been inspired by the designers of the 1960s, particularly the works of Dieter Rams, as well as displaying a strong resemblance to a pipe or a bendy straw. The design is very simple and has no unnecessary details, but at the same time the result is very useful because with its adjustable neck you can direct the light where you need it. The Sixties lamp has been made in plastic and is available in a variety of colours.
The Dome Table Lamp by Todd Bracher is a charming lighting solution. The lamp was inspired by the phases of the moon and its contrast between light and shadow. Bracher designed the lamp to be a perfect half-sphere so that it is evenly lit on all sides. Just as the moon’s source of light is the sun, the perfect globe shade of the lamp is illuminated by its “sun” within, the light bulb. Bracher takes an honest approach to design. His Dome Lamp is all about achieving flawless light in a thoughtful way. The lamp doesn’t need any extra elements, aside from the four ideal colors. The design is simple and sleek. A quiet lamp like this would be the perfect addition in my bedroom. It is not too bright and not too flashy, just delightfully stylish.