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.
This lamp/bookend hybrid has been created by Roderick Vos. Inspired by library lights, the designer tried to come up with a solution that can function as a light and at the same time illuminate books and make them more visible. So he designed Mr. Ed, a light bulb held in place by two vertical, book-like shapes. At home on a bookshelf or on a bedside table, Mr. Ed has enough brute strength to act as a bookend. The piece is made of cast aluminum and can accomodate any 40-watt bulb.
If you bring this thing to any New Year’s Eve party – you will definitely be a gift hero. A lamp and wine case in one, created by Spanish design studio Ciclus, is an ideal way to deliver your communal booze contribution in style. Made out of 100% recycled cardboard and wood from sustainable forests, the piece is an eco-friendly party favorite. Once the wine bottle is taken out of the equation, you can transform the package into an ambient lamp. Instructions and cordage are included.