Binic is the name of a little lighthouse on the coast of Brittany. And it is the Breton seafaring world that has inspired this young French designer’s small, fun table lamp. Binic’s curious form recalls the “wind socks” that are used as ventilation systems on sailing ships. Its odd shape stimulates the imagination to create a wide range of interpretations. Because of its small size and fun, colorful and unusual shape, Binic evokes immediate affection. Its appeal rests in its impeccable design and great attention to detail. The conical base in satin aluminium creates a pleasant contrast to the shiny polycarbonate projector, enclosed in a simple inclined screen that spreads the light evenly.
Binic is much more than great graphic design: it combines functionality with minimal bulk. Vautrin has created an extremely original and up to date color palette which includes rich, dense tones of white, green, amaranth, orange, petrol and grey. Binic thus easily harmonizes with a range of domestic environments–a study, child’s or adult’s bedroom or a personal area in a living room–and is in tune with the personality of whoever chooses his or her favourite version. Binic is suggested as a “take away” object, a present, or a personal object of desire. It wins one over through empathy, with a real ‘coup de cœur.’ The character is also transmitted by Vautrin’s packaging which is just as special and fun, and has the same colour as the lamp and its unmistakable shape.
Binic Lamp, by Ionna Vautrin, for Foscarini
Eda is a family of luminaries with a stem and branches. The shade–which is common in all the models–is painted white inside to improve reflection, with a diffuser on top and bottom.
Eda Table Lamp, Hanging Lamp, Standing Lamp, by Mario Ruiz, for Metalarte
The Buoy Lamps are part of an ongoing investigation to the aesthetics of industrial technology. The most specific, highly engineered objects take functionality to an extreme which is no longer recognizable to the layperson. The odd shapes and brilliant colours of navigational buoys could just as well be from children’s’ toys, Christmas ornaments or giant jewellery. Underneath the bizarre appearance, however, remains a pleasing materiality that is still comprehensible to the non-engineer upon inspection. There is a logic of balance, construction and materials that is curiously pleasurable, rewarding in its simplicity and inevitability. The Buoy Lamps draw on these qualities, referencing various aspects of marine culture in their design and performance. Wooden ribs bound together by rope support central lights, balanced so that they can be jostled into different angles.
Buoy Lamps, by PostlerFerguson
The Crane is a desk luminaire, striking a balance between functionality and style. The design originates from exploring the most interesting and useful form out of one single folded plate, just like an origami Crane bird. The foot has been folded into a straight angle so that the loss of work space is minimized. Therefore the Crane is excellent to place on the corner of your desk. The Crane is available in various colors and lamp types such as T2 and LED. Available painted in white, grey and black.
Wilma’s Comet and Fred’s Comet are new fibre optic pendants with a difference from Bruce Munro, who developed the designs after disassembling his much admired ‘CDSea’ installation at Long Knoll Field in Wiltshire in July this year. They were inspired by a commission piece (Flash Gordon) made for a private client in 2005. Wilma’s Comet took shape which Munro was pondering the theory that a comet wiped out the Dinosaurs. “I immediately went in search of dinosaurs and discovered a batch basking in a local toyshop window. My mind’s eye image of an exploding orb of light was very much in the style of vintage Comic books from the 50’s and 60’s” he says. So when searching for a title, ‘Wilma’s Comet’ (after Wilma Flintstone) fit the bill perfectly.
Both pendants are composed of a clear acrylic sphere measuring 60cm in diameter with a spun aluminium collar. They are suspended from three stainless steel suspension wires and lit with fibre optics illuminated with LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lamps.
Comet pendant lights, by Bruce Munro
Can works like a “can of light”. The boundary between dark and light is emphasized by enclosing the light in a container. The shade only emits light from the top and bottom. The lacquered interior reflects a yellow lime coulored light which really stands out when you walk into a room. Can is made of enamelled steel, white or black with yellow colored inside and is available as a pendant, floor and table fixture.
Can Table Lamp, Can Floor Lamp, Can Pendant Lamp, by Mattias Ståhlbom, for Zero
Bloom is a large diameter pendant light made from painted aluminum, and has a diffuser in matt opal acrylic that makes the light emitted by the lamp exceptionally beautiful. The soft scalloped forms suggest clouds or an egg. The pendants are available in white, black, red and yellow.
Zero Bloom Pendant Light, by Fredrik Mattson
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, Wing is a poetic pendant lamp with floating birds that move around a light assymetrical structure. The movement of the birds creates shadows on the surrounding environment and a feeling of weightlessness. Wing pendant lamp is made of acrylic rods with birds in painted metal.
Wing Pendant Lamp, by Monica Förster, for Zero
Like a searchlight, this Lamp is mounted on tripod legs, giving it a certain loft like presence. Last is a large floor-lamp that can be used as a spotlight to highlight any object in a room, be it a work of art, a rug or furniture. The light beam is adjustable so its possible to bounce light off a ceiling or simply use as a reading light. There is even a version as a pendant lamp–great for complimenting those vast airy spaces.
Zero Last Floor Lamp, Last Pendant, by Mattias Ståhlbom, for Zero
Winner of the Good Design Award and shortlisted as one of the 25 Best Design Objects by Monocle, the Studioilse w084t task lamp is made from natural materials and sturdy construction.
“Materials have hidden messages. These create a powerful link to our emotional psyches and shape our connection to daily life. Our light is a sturdy friend, unpretentious and always there for us. We have chosen honest materials that carry clear messages: iron for its feelings of stability, reliability, trust; wood with its warmth and life, and mineral plastic for its intimate glow, as well as its tactility. Then we have put these three together for a certain oddness. This is because there’s an innate awkwardness in the directional light that we wanted to amplify-rather as with people this is a sympathetic quality, not a sin.”
- Ilse Crawford
Buy it here: Studioilse w084t Halogen IRC Lamp