Although Japan boasts of many outstanding traditional craftworks, the majority of these craftworks are endangered. One of them is the paper lantern called “Chouchin”. An effective means to help these lanterns to survive into the future is by utilize them. Here, we designed lighting equipment for the Gifu Chouchins famously known to have a history of about 500 years ago.
For many years an aesthetic called “Innei Raisan” (In Praise of Shadows) had existed in Japan. Nevertheless, we often see light spreading across uniformly at every corner to overcome darkness. In such an environment, it is difficult for Japanese to maintain a keen sensitivity to beauty, which has continuously been passed down from generations to generations.
Strangely enough, the power saving deployed after 3.11 (the Great East Japan Earthquake) reminded the Japanese people of the spirit of “Innei Raisan” (In Praise of Shadows). We now know that the humble and gentle charm of light we rediscovered when saving power is enough for us. In that regard, we designed Chouchin Lamp as we felt it was necessary for light to reflect Japan in such a situation.
In Japan, the idea that worldly things do not last long is now to taking roots. Japan has come to see beauty out of the fragility of temporary things. We incorporated this specific idea into our design and hope that Chouchin Lamp will introduce the beauty of tradition into your living space and bring back the light reflects Japan.
A small, iconic fixture inspired by the classical silhouette of a grain silo. This shape was refined during the design phase to finally become SILO — a minimalistic pendant with a distinct industrial character. SILO, with its colour range of white, black, yellow and green, can both step forward in a room and become a dynamic element or step back and blend into its surroundings.
Silo Pendant Lamp, by Note Design Studio, for Zero
A massive intense Illuminated Mandala sculpture inspired by Islamic patterns which have been translated into three dimensions through the extrusion of the complex interlocking geometry. Made from lasercut stainless steel frames, chrome plated or lacqured solid brass components, ballchain in several optional finishes. Illuminated by a combination of surface mounted and suspended G4 Halogen lamps.
Mandala No. 1, by Willowlamp
The lamp stems from the studio’s ‘Materials driven, process led, industrial design approach’ researching the typologies and language associated with ceramic products. Container looks at utilising the ceramic to both contain the electronic lighting
components and producing a soft reflected illumination output from the interior glazed surface to light the table or desk beneath. The forms are driven by a sympathetic design language and construction in tune with earthenware production. The lamp comprises two large ceramic components held together under the tension of an injection moulded Silicon band eradicating the need for any glue or screws.
Archetypal lighting forms, materials and textures assembled in an emotional luminaire.
Silk Road, by Jonah Takagi, Atelier Takagi, for Roll and Hill
The result of a combination of the creative sensitivity of Ionna Vautrin and Foscarini’s design experience, Doll is a friendly little table lamp. Accessible and versatile, available in four colours, Doll is a warm presence with an essential, evocative charm, inspired by traditional wooden Japanese Kokeshi Dolls.
Doll Table Lamp, by Ionna Vautrin, for Foscarini
Historic industrial design icons such as the Starship Enterprise or the Citroën’s steering wheel were inspirational when designing the w126 uplighter. Admittedly two quite technical examples, but this is a lamp that demanded both highly advanced engineering and a bit of iconicity. Two powerful and separate LED light sources, one up and one down, with separate dimming allows you to set the light to any desired ambience. No need for a manual. Two simple touch buttons makes operating instinctive. However, this lamp does not fly through outer space, nor does it roam the highway, but stands in an architectural context. Significant in expression, yes. But reduced in form and shape to feel at home in your room.
w126 Lamp, by Claesson Koivisto Rune, for Wästberg
“Vederlicht is a fascination that I had when I was a small child, the fascination of model glider plane. Back then these planes cost too much for me to buy and I only could look at them in the shop. The small kid in me is still there so I took the technique and material for making a glider and used it to design lighting. The material used in this design is Balsawood and Oracover which is used to cover the wings of a glider and gives the lamp altogether it’s ultra lightweight.”
- Daniel Hulsbergen
Vederlicht (Featherlight), by Daniel Hulsbergen
It has been said that lamps were the most important invention for miners in the 19th century. Today, we’re each miners in our own way — searching, innovating and changing the world around us.
The M Lamp — the world’s most advanced wireless task lamp. Powered by a superior integrated lithium iron phosphate battery, these simple yet beautiful tools for life and work are wireless and can be transported anywhere within the home, office and in between.
The M Lamp, by David Irwin