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
The Swedish designer Mattias Ståhlbom of TAF Arkitektkontor, has come up with a clever light with many options. The light is shaped like a bottle with a cap which can be hung with a wire on the ceiling. The cap is made of diecasted aluminium and is painted or left natural. “Use it as a pendant, on the floor, on the table or at the wall. Use it everywhere, even outside,” says Ståhlbom.
Zero Bottle Pendant, Floor & Table Lamp, by Mattias Ståhlbom, TAF Arkitektkontor, for Zero
Like a sentinel in the garden, Light House is reminiscent of the small cottages that dot the Swedish archipelago. Thomas Sandell’s design borrows the classic house-form and transforms it into a floor lamp, made from white lacquered steel.
Light House is available as both an indoor and outdoor version, so you can place it where you like. The outdoor version has 4 holes, one in each end, on the ground plate for a fixed installation.
Zero Indoor/Outdoor Light House, by Thomas Sandell, for Zero Lighting
Inspired by both the One_Shot.MGX stool and flower blossoms found in nature, this table lamp in two sizes, features a shade which easily collapses and expands to release or contain light. As with the One_Shot.MGX, the shade is 3D printed as a single piece, including hinges that in one movement, transform the shade from a bud to a blossom. And with the complexity of its design, the Bloom lamp succeeds in pushing even further the boundaries of 3D technologies.
Fredrik Mattson has designed “Pixelated Eyecandy,” a radical retro concept for a table and hanging lamp. Mattson took the form of the traditional lamp and cut it up into rings, disassembled and then reassembled to make its current form. Manufactured by Swedish company Zero, each model is available in a much tamer white flavour.
Zero PXL Pendant Lamp, Zero PXL Table, PXL Ceiling by Fredrik Mattson, for Zero