Wall Shadows is an interesting project by the Lebanese designer Charles Kalpakian for the Italian lighting company Omikron Design, which has resulted in a beautiful, minimalist, wall-mounted illumination. Wall Shadows is a project between art and design and has arisen from Kalpakian’s continuous exploration of the three-dimensionality of surfaces. Its graphic composition becomes a texture lit up by the LED bulbs placed inside the various elements, creating a canvas of shadows. These few elements certainly give the piece a great identity and a sculptural sensation without losing its functionality of ambient light.
Categorized “Wall lamp”
The Lunaire wall light has been created by French designer Ferréol Babin for Italian lighting brand FontanaArte. Inspired by lunar eclipses, the piece produces beautiful effects on the wall. It consists of two disks: the smaller one, containing the light source, is set inside a large aluminium diffuser. The small disk rotates, changing the position towards the diffuser and creating various lighting effects. I love the versatility of this piece. It can be set to create an intense direct light, an indirect soft one, and many variations in between. Also, thanks to its generous diameter, Lunaire can illuminate any space, even a big one, while remaining minimal and unobtrusive to the eye.
I recently discovered the wonderful collection of lighting designs from Milan based, Omikron Design. The Italian company has a primary objective to produce objects that enhance the illuminated spaces through light and outstanding design. Well, today I would like to introduce you to a particular lighting structure that does just that – Duo. The wall mounted Duo increases the functional characteristics of the cube. The structure is limited to the pure essence, enclosing the light sources and electronics with basic architectural geometry. Comprised of aluminium, Duo has a matt finish and is available in a variety of colours including black, white, silver and bronze. Understated elegance.
2084 is a wall lamp by French-born product designer and visual artist Geoffroy Gillant, whose design intent uses the electric cord to suspend the lamp, maintaining an equilibrium and lightness. Electric cords are often left aside the conception of lamps and therefore rarely considered as part of their aesthetic. In the contrary, the cord of “2084″ is used as a structural element that allows a modular lighting, so the lamp could adapt to various daily needs. I especially love this element behind Gillant’s design since it not only challenges what we expect from an ubiquitous object, but it has also produced a visually inspiring silhouette that changes the illumination of a space so elegantly, and so cleverly. There is something so beautiful in the sharp contrast of how even the light is against the minimalist black linear tubes and wires. Gillant had worked with ToolsGalerie to produce an edition exhibited for their gallery which was made with black leather over bended PMMA tubes and dimmable LED strips. Images courtesy of Geoffroy Gillant.
The Peel light has been created by Tokyo based designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto of the studio YOY. The piece is a witty fixture that imitates a light beam, shining through a peeling wall (hence the name). It blends with the wall during a day and creates a surprising optical illusion at night, almost becoming an architectural detail. Designers explain the mechanics of the piece: OLED is used to make the light source as thin as possible and the electric cable is let to stay along a corner of walls so that it doesn’t stand out. Clever. I also love the effect of sunlight Peel creates. The piece can be attached to the wall with a regular hook.
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.
Guimeràicinca studio has designed Plec for the Spanish lighting company Estiluz. Plec is a simple and subtle wall sconce measuring just 234x209x91 mm, which provides a soft, indirect light. The Plec design is made from single piece of cast aluminium and is available in a number of different finishes: aluminium, white matte and sand. I honestly love this kind of object, made using only a sheet of material folded in a beautifully creative way. Furthermore, Guimeràicinca has successfully combined functionality with elegance, resulting in a very impressive product.
Hallo Work lamp by German design studio 45 Kilo was inspired by Jean Prouvés’ famous Potence lamp. Minimal and precise, just like its predecessor, Hallo Work offers a concentrated beam of light rather than the overall illumination. And because the beauty of a targeted lighting is in its ability to point at objects at different levels, the clever height changing mechanism has been put in place. Designers elaborate: We found a very simple solution for the height changing mechanism. It consists of a wire that is attached to the head and the wall piece which leads through a leather strap. The height can then be changed by moving the strap along the arm. I love the thin delicate look of the piece. The impressive range and flexibility makes for a perfect equilibrium between form and function.
I was recently introduced to AGFronzoni.com, which celebrates the life and works of Italian minimalist designer, architect and teacher, AG Fronzoni. In 1962, Fronzoni designed this attractive light fitting, Quadra. Made from steel with a white, black or polished finish, Quadra can be installed on brick walls or ceilings, and measures just 8.66″ x 8.66″. The lamp was nominated for a Compasso d’Oro in 2004 and is manufactured by Italian lighting company Viabizzuno. With its simple form as a perfect square, and soft lighting, I think it’s a fine example of the great work Fronzoni has produced over the years.
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…
Specialising in the design and production of bespoke lighting, Australian design studio ilanel, have created ORA – an eclipse-like interactive and contemporary wall-mounted luminary with a minimal aesthetic finish. ilanel explains: ORA is a piece that mediates between light and darkness through transparent colour. It is an interactive lighting structure that engages in experimentation and exploration of coloured illumination. It has been designed to encourage personalisation of the colour, influencing the atmosphere in a space. This is done by adjusting three knobs on the face of the design, which represent the colours red, green and blue. Endless interactivity. Super. Photography by IJ Productions.
Created by Spanish designers CrousCalogero for Estiluz, the Balloon Lamp is a very simple, clean and playful lighting fixture, pleasing children and adults alike. Emitting a soft and warm light, the lamp’s shade is made of satinized polyethylene, a translucent material that hides an energy saving fluorescent bulb. A thin red cable hangs subtly from the shade, serving as a switch in the wall version (a ceiling option is also available). It’s the perfect fixture for a young one’s room, but also for a couple’s alcove or a modern living room. Seeing it in person immediately made me smile (and desire one for myself)!