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.
Cork surfaces are as addictive as bubble wrap – we can’t help but pinning things to them. And pieces made out of cork inevitably double as improvised bulletin boards. Just like this lamp, called Post, created by Brazilian design studio Ninho. This simple and multifunctional product is comprised of recycled cork sheet, pine wood, lamp, socket, and a power cord. The pins (included) attach the cork sheet to the wooden base and suggest attaching whatever you wish to post to the sheet. The assembly process is intuitive and requires zero tools, glue or knowledge of industrial engineering. Watch the video to see how effortless it is… Only sustainable materials are used in creation of this lamp. And clever compact packaging optimizes storage and distribution.
I’m all for flat things, they are cool and sensible in tiny spaces. Add to that a bit of designy humor – and you get ColoredShape, a lamp from Florence based designer Sabrina Fossi. The piece, made from plastic, echoes the shape of a classic abat-jour. The center and a focal point of the lamp is the source of light itself – the bulb. Everything else is built around it. ”The shape of this table lamp is born from the idea to reduce the space occupied by the object.” – says the designer. Amen to that! The ColoredShape lamp is compatible with most standard light bulbs and comes in a variety of colors.
It’s Only a Paper Moon Lamp is the name of this simple and honest little piece, created by London based designer Kazuhiro Yamanaka. The object is reduced to three elements – a clothing pin, a bare bulb and a plain piece of paper. You can adjust the intensity of the light by varying the size of the paper. Very low tech and charming.