German designer Florian Gross, whose work I featured in some of my previous posts, came up with a cool new lighting fixture – Kobe. Inspired by the hyperbolic cylinder, the piece consists of twelve oak slats, two aluminum disks and a lamp socket. To assemble the lamp simply clip wooden slats into the indentations of the two aluminum disks and twist them into position. You can change the height of the light and silhouette of the lamp to your liking. And it’s just as easy to take apart for moving and storage. Beautiful.
Super-Light is a witty fixture, created by German designers Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz. The idea of it is extremely simple: a bare light bulb and an extra long electrical cord wrapped around it. The result is a very cool, low key pendant lamp that can fit in any room of any style. You can be as creative with the piece as you like, cover the bulb with the cord or leave it open, adjust the length of the pendant… the choice is yours. Super-Light is handmade in Caritas Workshop for disabled adults. Sold here.
There is a lot to love about the Stacking lamp by William McDonald – it’s fun, clever and beautifully customizable. The piece is composed of colorful stacking elements placed over a wooden dowel. By varying the four available components you can create a lamp, a coat hanger or a space saving combination of the two. You also have a choice between placing the lamps shades down for reading or up for ambient lighting.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
Coil Lamp by Chicago designer Craighton Berman blurs the traditionally distinct elements of shade, stand and wiring by enveloping the entire fixture in a continuously wrapped, 100 foot long power cord. The cord, which is draped over a lasercut clear acrylic frame, makes the lamp appear to float in space, endowing it with a quality of weightlessness suggestive of light itself.
The standard kit comes with the acrylic lamp stand and a socket. You can either provide your own power cord in the color of your choice, or purchase a kit with an orange, green, yellow or white cord here.
Coil Lamp is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Orto Volante suspension lamp, created by studio De-Signum for Italian brand Verde Profilo, is a interesting attempt to build an indoor garden without taking any counter space whatsoever. The piece incorporates ten white ceramic pots inside the powder coated steel lampshade (the hanging pots come with the special kit for upside down planting). I like the synergy between the elements – light helps the growing process and plants work as a defuser, helping to achieve more subtle illumination. A great idea for an urban kitchen.
Hamburg based studio Mirco Kirsch is the author of this clever item – Belt + Sound folding lamp. The piece is meant to be assembled from a single sheet of perforated metal. When the process is complete – you get an unusual looking lighting objects with the 180 degree range. And a titillating sense of pride for your successful DIY endeavor. See the steps illustrated after the break.
These beautiful objects by Elisabeth Hertzfeld will surely let your creative flag fly. Remake is a modular lighting system that gives you the means to create your own luminous wall sculptures. Thanks to their flexible design these lights can be arranged into various configurations. Perfect for small or odd-shaped spaces, Remake can fit any wall or corner. Each module comes with a 10 watt xenon bulb housed in a light diffusing plastic casing. Plugged into a standard US outlet, the modules emit a soft glow tinted by the coloration of the casing. Kits comes with the specified modules, bulbs and connecting hardware. When you’re ready for a change, simply disassemble the modules and re-combine them to suit your needs. You can even grow your piece at any stage by adding more modules. Clever. Available for purchase here.
This multifunctional entrance item made me look. Robin Wood by French brand WA.DE.BE combines a small shelf, hooks for clothes and accessories, lighting, a tray for loose change, keys and/or mail and a small mirror. All these essentials in one compact item. Designers call the piece a “swiss army knife” of entryway storage, which is more than fair. Robin Wood is made of solid oak and comes in two sizes.
Here is something new and exciting from the world of flat packed design – a lamp that is delivered in an envelope! Created by the French studio Well Well Designers, the Pop-up Lamp is constructed from a sheet of paper, lined with polyphane. The paper is cut and incised, in such a way to produce a square, triangular or circular module when folded at a 90° angle. The piece is intended for the corners – the most neglected and underutilized space in any home. “Intended for the corner of a room, the lamp creates a luminous shape, interacting with the architecture, – designers describe. - It cleverly takes advantage of a space often unexploited in design.” Each lamp is handmade to order.
We’ve seen lighting fixtures imitating natural light before. But this one is a new and rather refined take on the idea. Daylight lamps by Philippe Malouin come in various shapes and colors and look just like closed shutters with the sunlight shining behind them. This beautiful concept has recently been introduced by the designer at the Design Miami exhibition in Basel. Driven by the lack of natural light in London, Malouin created an item capable to improve any dingy space by adding faux windows wherever they’re needed. A clever idea that urbanists everywhere can appreciate.