MENU’s Phare LED Lamp was recently designed by Polish studio Umiar, led by Stanislaw Czarnocki in collaboration with ECAL. The concept of the lamp is simple—an approachable portable LED light. It is handy, lightweight, easily transportable, and with its rechargeable battery it can be used in almost any setting. Phare Lamp’s aesthetic, originally designed for apartment no. 50 at Le Corbusier’s ‘Cité Radieuse’, was centred on the idea to become a versatile everyday companion; one that could correspond to the landmark’s style and improve its inhabitant’s daily comfort.
To be utilised without requiring a power outlet, Phare transforms into a daily companion that can be freely placed, hung, or taken outside according to need, and that’s where its value is. Whether standing or hanging, Phare is not a lamp to be utilised in merely one spot, but celebrated for its versatility.
The design of Phare is a result of a process of reduction. There is no superfluous or decorative elements, but only the function of it gives it its formal language. It is charged using a USB-C connector and has a 10-hour battery life. It’s simple form—measuring 23(h) x 13(w) x 13.5(d)cm—will suit all residences—from Le Corbusier’s establishment to a contemporary, urban apartment, Phare stands in opposition to the planned obsolescence of products to serve and live longer.
The stance that Phare takes, whether standing at a dynamic angle or hanging from an edge, it is a reminder that the lamp is not meant to be fixed in any one spot. It acts as a means for people to bring some light along with them.