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The Energy Seed LED halo shaped lamp uses the little remaining bits of juice left after the battery is otherwise unusable, and illuminates itself.
The design includes slots for the public to dispose of all shapes and sizes of commonly disposed batteries and scrounges just two volts to illuminate an LED. Most garbage batteries have just under this amount at their point of expiration, so two AAs combined for instance is usually enough to get the lamp lit.
Created by Sungwoo Park and Sunhee Kim the use of the Energy Seed means“Trashed batteries can be born again as a seed to blossom light.”
At the end of the day the batteries will lose all useful charge, they will again be waste, and need to be recycled properly. The Energy Tree does squeeze some useful life out of their toxic little bodies before the bitter end however!
RIMA is a superb desk lamp by German luminary design studio Dreipuls. With its slim design, this light bar has no traditional switch but rather four rings which can easily be shifted manually like a curtain to turn on/off and adjust light. Price tag: 1840€ ($2360). See it in action in the video below. Enjoy!
16 Jul / Collapse Lamp by Hayo Gebauer
This lamp by German designer Hayo Gebauer falls over when it’s turned off .
Called Collapse, it has a cord slotted through the loose wooden components that make up the base to hold them upright under tension. When the cord is released, the weight of the protective foam shade makes it topple over. Electrical contacts in the toggle that holds the cord in place complete the circuit to turn the lamp on when it’s upright.
WM Series furniture are designe by New Zealand designer Tim Webber. The furnitures are made of metal and wood. The “WM series” can be described as a clean, stripped back aesthetic, with the simplicity of the forms and mixture of materials creating bold, striking items.
The works are an exploration of the relationship between some of the two most common materials used in furniture design – wood and metal. The idea was to see how they can contrast yet complement each other in a single piece of furniture or lighting.
Both materials hold quite different emotional responses that have been developed over time through people’s personal experiences with various objects. Wood typically holds a very warm, rich, natural feel, while steel is often described as cold, hard and unforgiving. However, when these two materials are mated together there seems be a harmony that forms in the juxtaposition of these two very different materials.
Metal components of the furniture and lighting have been finished in vibrant powdercoat colours, which I think enhances this contrast between the wood and metal, all while creating approachable objects that have the ability to inject striking colour and warmth into any environment.
The powdercoat finish is also a nice exploration aesthetically due to the almost plastic type look it gives the steel, which somewhat alters the metals’ characteristics. It’s not until the item is personally touched and held that it becomes clear the metal still holds its typical traits.
Consistent with its trademark minimalist style, Barcelona-based design studioLievore, Altherr, Molina has created a light with clean-lined, sleek contours for Barcelona-based company Vibia. Called Skan, it’s an extremely pared-down pendant lamp.
Available in matt, lacquered red, white or graphite grey, it blends seamlessly into any interior, be it a leisure venue or a home. It incorporates LED technology, which is supremely energy-efficient and casts a very powerful light, that is warm, and soothing.
Vibia was founded in 1987, and has a huge portfolio of products which is constantly evolving thanks to its collaboration with very high-profile designers. Vibia’s products are present in over 60 countries. As well as its production plant in Barcelona, the company has an office in New Jersey in the US.
30 Jun / RHYTHM led lamp by Arik Levy
For its design concept, both harmonic and disruptive at the same time, the RHYTHM Collection designed by Arik Levy for VIBIA has been awarded the “Best individual lamp/lighting device” at the IIDA/HD Product Desing Competition 2012. Sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), in partnership with Hospitality Design Magazine, the competition evaluated the products based on their innovation, technical advancements, cost effectiveness, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, need and usage in the hospitality industry, and both client and user benefits.
The winners were announced at the Platinum Circle Gala during the HD Expo, which took place in Las Vegas from May 15-17, 2012. “The winning products blended the highest standards of innovation and beauty”, said Felice Silverman (member of the jury).
RHYTHM: light in motion
Infinite pieces, unique and different in each configuration: RHYTHM by Vibia combines minimalism and movement like no other luminary to create sublime sensations: from soft waves to chaotic shapes and forms of light. Designed by Arik Levy, the RHYTHM Collection is composed of different sticker modules, capable of transforming into multiple combinations (horizontal and vertical).
Thanks to its rotation system, each sticker can rotate on an axis and be positioned at the desired angle. The result is a design concept that creates a hypnotic balance. Each module of this pendant lamp is equipped with LED technology that enables high-lumen output and controlled light distribution, making it the ideal element of light and decoration for large meeting spaces. RHYTHM is available in 25 versions, as built-in and surface fitting, in matt chocolate and beige lacquer.
24 Jun / Bossa pendant lamp by Lumini
Bossa is by far the best-known light produced by the leading Brazilian lighting manufacturer Lumini. Its creator is Fernando Prado who has long been acclaimed as a distinguished designer in Brazil.
The special feature of the Bossa pendant light, which has scooped awards from around the globe, is its light distribution system that allows the lighting to be changed from direct to indirect just by pulling the lampshade. At the same time, a reflector in the shade prevents people from being dazzled – or stops the light source from being reflected in glass tables.
Pure and minimalist in appearance, Bossa also features refined, intelligent technical design.
Xoolum is designed as a versatile two piece linear lighting fixture to offer hundreds of installation options. It comes with a small form factor maintaining an appealing look even in spacious architectural environments. The lighting head, 45° adjustable, keeps an continuous flat surface in the rotated position based on the octagonal shape of the light head. When tilted 45° the cross section changes from 25,4 x31 to 25,4 x 36. At the same time it can be either used as a down light (pendant or ceiling mounted) or as a wall washer. The intentionally designed contour edges/bezels perfect the look.
As a LED product with highly efficient LED Linear strip light technology of up to 100lm/W efficiency, operated at 24V DC, the product helps to safe energy for lighting. xoolum with it’s integrated reflector and operated without an opal or clear cover is optimized for cove and display lighting applications to throw the light where it is needed. Independent analysis reports from lighting designers prove that xoolum used with LED Linear strip APOLLO or ATON Plus in coves, outperforms T5 fluorescent by 30% (APOLLO 1,41Watt/Lux compared to T5 2,01 Watt/Lux) or 13% (ATON Plus 1,75 Watt/Lux) xoolum is based on well-known extrusion and anodizing technology for aluminum profiles.
The nature of the 45° adjustable light head requires to meet very tight and challenging manufacturing tolerances. LED Linear manages to maintain a high quality appearance and a good fit of the two pieces Al channel even over a length of 6 meter.
The used LED lighting strips are based on the LED Linear protected TjAway heat management technology, which warranties a quick spread to the ambient. Therefore even a 42W/m LED strip can be operated within the small cross section guarantying 50.000h lifetime (L70).
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