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LOOKS BEAUTIFUL, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
‘Contrast’, the experimental lighting collection by french designer Julien Carretero for Victor Hunt Gallery, explores the inherent physical characteristics within various metals such as bronze, copper and stainless steel. The series is a play on weights, colours, textures and illuminating patterns using industrially produced pipes as raw material. A simple plane cut is processed in order to convert these industrial elementary supplies into different lighting object typologies. CNC-milled, laser-cut or crafted openings reveal the insides of the tubes in opposition to their exterior. The final pieces are reinforced through the use of numerous surface treatments ranging from standard lacquering, anodizing, polishing and brushing techniques to crafted patinas and natural oxidations.
DESIGNED BY JULIEN CARRETERO DESIGNED IN 2013 SOURCE DESIGNBOOM
LOOKS GEOMETRIC, FEELS MODERN, WORKS!
When designer Loïc Bard isn’t sitting through his final courses at Ébénisterie Art of Montreal, he’s running a full time design studio where he is perfecting his woodworking skills, creating clocks, and designing his own collection of jewelery. Bard unveiled his latest creation, The Capside Lamp, last week at Montreal’s Souk@sat design event – which stood out amongst the work of veteran designers. The Capside Lamps are sculpted into an abstract geometric form with a wooden exterior, coated with vibrant colors on the inside. The lamps double as a floor lamp, and a ceiling pendant, giving users the ability to get creative with the playful little lights.
DESIGNED BY LOIC BARD DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE LOICBARD
LOOKS GEOMETRICAL, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
Straight out of Melbourne, industrial designer Luke Woodard has upcycled a set of old 50mm slide film into a slide lamp – hence, where the name SLDLMP came from. “The initial concept came from the idea of transferring some aspect of creativity to the user, achieved by presenting the lamp as a flat-pack puzzle inspired cardboard cut-out,” Woodard explained. The product is as raw and paper-like as the square bits of film themselves! The lamp isn’t only unique in construction, but also in the fact that each fixture tells its own story; maybe one of family holidays at the beach house, or giving lectures on the cardiovascular system in med school.
The final product complemented the raw and analogue nature of slide film, specifically by using recycled materials and amplified by the fibrous texture of the box-board. The lamp created a fun and practical solution for displaying your long lost dusty memories in a contemporary setting, without needing an overhead projector.
DESIGNED BY LUKE WOODARD DESIGNED IN 20313 SOURCE KNSTRCT
LOOKS INCREDIBLE, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
“I wanted to find a new way to highlight the qualities of mouth-blown glass, and ironically the best way was to combine it with a fairly high-tech light source. Traditional glass products like formal stemware and art glass are kept standing on the shelf for most of the year. I didn’t want to do that, I wanted to create a product that you can use every day.”
We were amazed the first time we saw Mattias Stenberg’s Demi Lamp at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2013. We had been looking for something new in Swedish Glass, and here it was. Mattias Stenberg has designed a glass sculpture illuminated from the inside, highlighting the brilliance of the mouth-blown glass and creating a warm ambient light. The two glass parts are made by hand using traditional methods. An aluminium ring connects the two glass parts, equipped with an array of LEDs directed towards the centre of the lamp, making the glass seem almost to glow by itself from the inside. The glass dome acts as a reflector, further enhancing the effect.
DESIGNED BY MATTIAS STENBERG DESIGNED IN 2013 SOURCE DESIGNHOUSESTOCKHOLM
LOOKS FUN, FEELS USEFUL, WORKS!
Sometimes the proverbial light bulb just flicks on, and an idea strikes you with immediate force. Other times, you have to throw all your thoughts at the wall and see what sticks. Rotterdam-based designer Chris Kabel combined both approaches to create his signature Sticky lamp, a light that can be fixed onto just about any surface.
The lamp features a peel-off adhesive back that fastens to a wall to become an instant sconce. It’s encased in special plastic (PET) that’s molded to fit the bulb like a glove. The casing, which is used for food packaging Kabel points out, doesn’t burn when a low-wattage, energy-efficient bulb is used.
Get yours at the LFW Shop.
DESIGNED BY CHRIS KABEL DESIGNED IN 2001 SOURCE FASTCODESIGN
LOOKS MINIMALIST, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
Seriously stripped down to desktop illumination essentials, Switch Minimalist Lamp by William Lee does away with the on/off switch, and even the power cord (it’s rechargeable).
The entire lamp emulates the familiar wall switch by laying flat when off, then rising at a touch to a cantilevered on position, turning on the 60-LED light source, with portability an unplug away.
DESIGNED BY WILLIAM LEE DESIGNED IN 2013 SOURCE MOCOLOCO
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS INCREDIBLE, WORKS!
The captivating Ion Two—the newest addition to Telgen’s line—looks like a bubble that has trapped a spirit like a luminescent ghost or a glowing genie.
The Ion Two is built around a central glass cylinder, which serves as the base for additional glowing glass rings. Every part of the lamp is filled with inert neon gas and, through a special process, the neon is turned into plasma so that the light looks more gentle and delicate than what shines through a regular neon tube. Plus, the plasma reacts to the presence of body heat, making the light more intense in the exact point where someone touches the glass. Plasma can also be manipulated by magnetic fields, so the different ionic charges illuminate when they come in contact with each other or become closer together. As a result, the user can create different intensities of light by adding, subtracting or moving the rings around.
DESIGNED BY AIKO TELGEN DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE COOLHUNTING
LOOKS COMICAL, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
A New York based designer,Hlynur Atlason, has designed Yorky – a versatile light that inhabits a dimension between the familiar and the foreign.
While its sculptural and whimsical shape evokes memories of an animal-like creature, Yorky is a very versatile and practical light that can sit or lay on a table at different angles to illuminate varied surfaces or hang from its leash on a wall. Whether a reflector bulb, an energy saving fluorescent or a classic Edison bulb, Yorkie’s wide conical shape accommodates a variety of bulbs for different applications. “Yorky’s purpose is beholden to its’ owner: As a companion in everyday adventures, a fixture on a wall or sitting on a shelf with discipline and poise.” Made of silicone, Yorky is safe, flexible, and comes in three playful colors: white, yellow and pink.
DESIGNED BY HLYNUR ALTASON DESIGNED IN 2013 SOURCE ARTECNICAINC
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