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
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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
A table lamp with which you can create a personal relationship; surprisingly simple, because it has been thought out with a great deal of care. Tua is inspired by the palm of the hand containing a light: a gesture interpreted in a single, shaped metal plane that is both the support and shade of the lamp. The light source is hidden inside the range of the curve, whose aesthetic has a characteristically fine cut. When the light is on, it creates a pleasantly intimate glow, perfect for all those spaces dedicated to the single person (bedside table or work table). The lamp lends itself even to a multiple interpretation: interior-exterior, two-dimensional/three-dimensional, a graphic sign and a functional lamp, which is always elegant, reassuring and friendly.
Tua Table Lamp, by Marco Zito, for Foscarini
Malva is a series of lights inspired by the natural qualities of cellulose and viscose: the objects are generated by the forming of moistened sponge cloth and its subsequent hardening by air drying on a mould. The translation of this customary material into individual design pieces through basic processes of forming and drying measures up to the highest demands in sustainability and eco friendliness: all objects are compostable.
Malva Lights, by ett la benn
Triennale Design Museum presents a selection of over sixty table lamps designed and made in the 1960s and early 70s, dubbed by historians of design as “Space Age”, it is an era of great social change, but also the era in which international politics were focused on the imaginary collective achievements as a landing space for a fruitful and truly progressive modernity.
The lamps on display come from international collections, ranging from the mass produced, to pieces made by well known designers such as Joe Colombo, Vico Magistretti, Gino Sarfatti and Giotto Wick.
Space Age Lights, 12 May – 05 September, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Lamps from the Sax family represent an alternative to all surfacemounted downlighters. Its 26 different variations cover the entire spectrum of lighting-design requirements. The choice of different light sources means that this model also boasts a wide range of applications.
Sax, by Alain Monnens, for Vertigo Bird
“Established & Sons invited us to conceive a contemporary lamp using the traditional know-how of Venini, Italy. For Lighthouse, our inspiration came from the observation of the sophisticated craftsmanship of Murano’s master glass blowers. The idea was to light up a voluminous round glass structure that would be supported by a delicate aluminium stick. We worked on the precariousness of the equilibrium: there is one and only, sharp point of contact, no fixation, as if the glass was in its originate state, hanging insecurely from the blowing pipe. We wanted to work on the vulnerability of the object.”