If fiddling with wiring is not your domain – consider this witty creation by Beppe Merlano, designed for the lighting brand Davide Groppi. The N-Euro pendant lamp embraces cordage and makes it a focal point. The cord is running freely and visibly from the ceiling to the powers source and is held in place by round connect-the-dots insulators. With this unorthodox approach you can really let your artistic flag fly and create various patterns on your walls and ceiling. The N-Euro lamp comes in black and white. Watch the video after the break to see how easily it is installed.
Having a soft spot for clever flat-pack designs, I thought this product deserved a mention. Paper Lamp by Honk-Kong based studio Milk Design is a lovely little item that provides soft ambient light. Inspired by origami, this lampshade is made from sustainable and innovative bamboo paper from Conqueror, the shape is held by pins. All elements are slot into each other, making the assembly a child’s play. The lamp is available through Milk Design store. Just be sure you don’t have a cat, because she will conquer the Conqueror lampshade in seconds.
Green Light, created by Linda Bergroth for Finnish manufacturer Kekkilä, is a beautiful and powerful grow light, designed for indoor gardening purposes. It serves dual purpose too. While helping your herbs and salad greens grow, it can illuminate your kitchen counters as well. The light features a wide tray that collects extra water, keeping your surfaces clean and dry. The height of the lamp cam be adjusted to accommodate any greenery, short and tall. The piece is made of painted steel and beech. Available for purchase here.
This is just delightful – a shelf bracket and under shelf light in one. Designers Alexandra Burr and Allen Slamic of AlexAllenStudio brought light to the dark spaces between your bookshelves, and did it with an elegant and fun touch. The bracket is made from cold rolled steel and powder coated in glossy white. The braided, nylon cords come in eight colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white and black. A perfect support for a shelf above a counter, desk or bed with the added benefit of the illuminating the space below.
Sticky Lamp by Rotterdam based designer Chris Kabel of Droog Design is an ingenious way to instantly add illumination to any spot in your home. The piece works like a sticker. Simply peel off the protecting foil on the back and stick it wherever you need it. Any surface will do. The lamp can be placed on the ceiling, wall, door, on the floor, in the closet, or on the window — there are no borders for imagination. Available for purchase here.
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.