A long arm stretches upwards, parallel to the wall, then bends at a right angle and runs along the ceiling, culminating in a large luminous bulb. Potence Pivotante proves that such simple materials as tubular metal and frosted white glass can define a lamp that is as essential as it is charming and timeless, thanks to the ingenuity of an exceptional talent: Charlotte Perriand.
Being hinged at the base, the lamp may be positioned at will anywhere along the circular path that its arm can complete on the ceiling. This solution was adopted by the architect to optimize the efficiency of the lamp, expressly designed in the Forties for flexibly illuminating her small Parisian apartment.
Potence Pivotante, by Charlotte Perriand, for Nemo
An outdoor lamp with a minimalist design and an adjustable projector. Available in two colours: white lacquer or matt oxide.
Boxes, by Josep Lluís Xuclà, for Vibia
In today’s society, it seems like we’re always in need of a plug socket to charge our computer, tablet or smartphone. ateljé Lyktan presents a solution to this everyday problem — a lamp with a bonus of an electrical socket.
The design studio Form Us With Love came up with a simple idea based on the new need in today’s society of constantly needing to recharge computers and smartphones. Besides giving you an electrical socket, the Plug Lamp also gives a pleasant aesthetic to the process of recharging.
“By integrating the socket in the lamp it also takes away that annoying process of searching for a socket or having to unplug something in order to access an electrical point,” says John Löfgren, Form Us With Love.
The Plug Lamp has a bulbous shape and a base in molded and powder coated aluminium, here the plug socket is displayed centrally, making it a decorative detail. The light itself is concealed by an opal glass shade and the lamp is dimmable.
Plug Lamp, by Form Us With Love, for ateljé Lyktan
Etch Web is a vast 65cm wide shade with an unusual open structure, designed to cast atmospheric angular shadows when lit. Another experiment in our long running exploration of mathematics and geometry, an irregular pentagon shape is repeated 60 times across the body to create a total sphere. The enormous globe is astonishingly lightweight, weighing only 980 grams, with a correspondingly ethereal visual attitude. Formed from copper anodised aluminium through a process of digital photo-acid etching, an oversized LED bulb is suspended within the centre of Etch Web to make it the ultimate shadow play pendant.
Etch Web Pendant Light, by Tom Dixon
French designer Inga Sempé, guest of honour of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2012, has designed new lightings for the Swedish firm Wästberg. Sempé’s w103 suspensions are similar to her previous table lamps series, minus one detail: the hook of the clamp, holding the table version, has moved on top of the shade.
The w103 pendant light can either be fixed onto a long rail for linear combinations or joined together like Meccano to create polygons. Colours can be freely mixed (it comes in 7 bright, soft, clear, dark hues) or sticking to just one choice. The rail structure is thin enough to avoid the feeling of a heavy, hanging structure. The round-shaped shades soften the angular lines of the rail.
Inga Sempé (awarded the 2003 Grand Prix du design de la ville de Paris, her hometown, where she launched her design studio in 2000), collaborates with such international brands as Ligne Roset, Luceplan, Edra, Baccarat, Moustache, David Design, Hjelle, Almedahl’s or Artecnica.
Besides her curated lounge in the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair entrance hall, previous and new works by Inga Sempé were on show at the Skeppsholmen’s Skridskopaviljongen. The “Inga Sempé. Illuminated by Wästberg” exhibition showcased the w103 lamps and other designs, revealing her thoughts and creation processes with various sketches and scale models.
Created in 2008, Helsingborg-based company Wästberg have been awarded many prices, such as 7 Good Design Awards, 5 Red dot awards, a Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and an Elle Interior Design Prize.
(Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design)
Like a fluid and enveloping frame, an irregular ellipse that gives a sense of becoming, Anisha outlines an empty space, defines it and fills it with its light, producing a magical sensation. Realized in ABS, the table lamp Anisha is available in two two colours – pure white that blends with the space or red for a decisive, recognisable presence. It is suitable for a wide range of settings, environments and uses. In the entrance, in a lounge, bedroom or on a desk, with its light spirit and unmistakable identity: both on and off.
Anisha Table Light, by Studio Lievore Altherr Molina, for Foscarini
A chandelier designed by Kateřina Smolíková, inspired by deep sea luminescent organisms. Intended for darker places as an orientational light. It should remind one of the lightness of an organism levitating in the dark space.
Skyphos Chandelier, by Kateřina Smolíková, via: Designeast
BE Light, a thin and foldable LED lamp, has just won Germany’s iF product design award. Made of aluminum alloy, the lamp delivers a sophisticated and premium feel. Inspired by the art of folding paper, BE Light transforms itself into a three-dimensional work of art. It can be fully extended up to an angle of 135 degrees, and folded down to flat when not in use. Brightness is also adjustable by pressing the switch button on the lamp base. Adopted with LEDs and light guide technology, BE Light not only provides evenly distributed illumination, but also eliminate glare issue. A safely lock is designed to protect users’ fingers when folding the lamp.