Here is another noteworthy Kickstarter campaign – Grasslamp. The Grasslamp is an elegant combination of a grass planter and an ambient LED light. The piece will let you grow wheatgrass without soil and fertilizers and display it beautifully inside a lighting fixture. You can also grow up to 40 different micro-greens, including wheatgrass, micro-salads and edible flowers. And if you have a cat, Grasslamp can be a nice lasting alternative to the sad disposable grass containers you buy at a pet store.
This witty idea belongs to Swedish designer Ola Giertz. The simplistic Clamp lamp, produced by lighting brand Oriva, can be attached to many different types of furniture easily. Inspired by a classic clothespin, the piece bears a familiar form and offers an equally familiar function. Just clamp it to any shelf or edge and let there be light.
I can’t walk past a home garden idea, especially when it’s as elegant as this one. The Quadra lamp, designed by Italian label Bulbo, is a gardening tool that can let your herbs and windowsill veggies feel happy all year long. An adjustable aluminum frame is fitted with LED lights and accommodates plants of various height. Bulbo people claim that the lamp is energy efficient and eco-friendly. I love the sleek design and subtle glow of the piece. The Quadra lamp comes in two sizes.
The gimmicky name of this piece says it all – Put Baby In The Corner lamp fits perfectly in every corner and every niche. Powder coated aluminum provides the necessary lightness, the removable cover gives the lamp its color. Beautiful. The piece has been designed by German studio Scharp Inc. Produktdesign. It comes in two sizes and four colors.
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I find this item to be absolutely delightful (and not only because of my book fetish). Ideal for small and dynamic urban dwellings, Lumio by Max Gunawan is a portable, rechargeable, and powerful little light. Disguised as a book, it unfolds to reveal a warm high-performing LED lamp. You can take it with you to bed, outside of your apartment, use it as an alternative light source for dark areas, as a desk lamp, as a pendant… The possibilities are endless. And to recharge the battery, simply attach it to your computer or an outlet via USB charger. Available in three colors, Lumio is big enough to light a dinner party and compact enough to fit a small bag. Brilliant. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action.
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.
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.
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.
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.