We assembled square planes to create a sense of motion in this series of objects. One part of the bookshelf is frozen in its cascade of tumbling shelves, creating variety in the way books can be stacked. The stool’s twist endows it with visual play. Lamps roll about but are stable, thank to their planes, and cast light in different directions. The table leans as though falling away, but maintains its function as a table, and makes objects placed on it seem to sink into its folds and sways. The different ‘movements’make balance and unbalance overlap, as though we are watching the planes themselves dance.
Fungi Lamps are made out of a nylon webbing, bonded together through a special glue technique. With their unconventional construction, each lamp silhouette shows literally a gradual growth like a tree and reveals traces of imperfection of the process. The illuminated fabric creates an unique and mystical light effect.
Fungi Lamp, by Andreas Kowalewski
Winner of the Red Dot design award of Germany, Nastrino is a custom-made table lamp designed by Kai Byok. Discreetly sanded aluminium profiles give this table lamp with its balanced proportions an independent character. The filigree profiles lead to a vertical foot element which, like the entire construction, does without any visible screws. The optional clamping foot also mirrors the straight-lined design vocabulary. The slim upper arm accommodates the LED technology with up to three anti-glare illumination zones. While the upper joint is held by resilient friction, the lower one is enforced with a hidden spring.
Nastrino, by K.B. FORM
The power of this light source lies in its slenderness and unobtrusiveness; the simplicity of the fixtures’ design makes that it can be used anywhere. It can be built-in, mounted on the wall, or hung from the ceiling. An innovative and state-of-the-art magnet and contact system makes that a wide variety of LED-fixtures can be inserted or moved.
The LED-fixtures are similar in style yet each one of them has its own character and lighting quality: a mini spotlight ‘dot’, built-in or wall mounted strips ‘in’ and ‘out and directable pliable sheets caled ‘knick’.
An element with the shape of a lamp acting as a kind of avatar in order to re-contextualize the world famous “workers lamp”. Made from turned aluminium in white or brown.
Cau Table Lamp, by Marti Guixé Cau, for Danese Milano
A pendant lamp with a twist: Beam can be pointed in any direction, aim an oversized beam precisely where needed and create points of visual interest in larger spaces. Beam works well in clusters with its three standard lengths, available in matte white, black, or red, and a matching ceiling version. Custom lengths and colors are available on request.
Beam Pendant Lamp, by Johan Carpner, for Zero
The pendant lamp Miss Maple is showing the use of a familiar material in an unconventional way. We usually experience wood as a plain surface, but here it is broken down into a grid of triangles. This makes a flexible lampshade which can be transformed manually in three-dimensional ways. While the lamp generates warm light at night the surface outside becomes more evident with daylight and turns the lamp into sculptural object.
Miss Maple Pendant Lamp, Maple Wood, Textile, Steel, by Elisa Strozyk, Photography by Sebastian Neeb
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