During the Design Academy Eindhoven’s 2011 graduation show, Dutch designer Dennis Parren presented his experimental CMYK Lamp colored shadows with LED light. Whilst discovering by accident that the shadow lines were 3D, this LED technology lamp embodies the colorful mysteries of light.
“You can’t really say ‘that chair is red’. Actually, the chair is reflecting red light while absorbing green and blue light. It is the light that colors the world. This CMYK Lamp plays with the mystery of light and color and projects an elusive network of lines of cyan, magenta and yellow light on the ceiling. Designed not to be understood but to show that light is the only rightful owner of color.”
- Dennis Parren
The BE Light, is an LED desk lamp that folds and sports a unique articulated design. With its clever hinge design, it can be fully extended to a height of 33.4 cm, and an angle of up to 135 degrees. It also provides adequate task lighting with white LED. When not in use, it can be folded down flat to a minimum height of 1.8 cm, taking up the least amount of space on a desk.
BE Light, LED Task Lamp, by QisDesign
“Reflecting on the concept of a screen, we devised devised Fold, a wall lamp of extreme formal simplicity that is so adaptable it can be inserted into a vast array of environments of different styles and functions. The design has been developed from a basic gesture: turning a two dimensional sheet of paper into three-dimensions by simply folding it in the middle. This search for simplicity has an almost abstract graphic result that conceals its careful research into design and technology– research that is clearly perceptible but not flaunted. Fold is a thin, softly concave sheet slightly protruding from the wall to hide and screen the light source without compromising its function. When switched off the graphic outline of the diffuser takes center stage. When Fold is switched on the opaque, polycarbonate diffuser fully screens the light source and the large glow projected onto the back wall emphasizes its soft shape.”
Fold Wall Lamp, by Odoardo Fioravanti, for Foscarini
For better or worse, construction materials, methods, and dimensions are quite homogenized in the United States. From the 2×4 wall studs to the cheap light switches, it seems that when building a wall, location is really the only decision left to make. The utilitarian relationship between these standard materials, dimensions, and parts comes together to create a modern icon that is hidden in plain sight. By deriving its character directly from this set of rules, the American Standards Lamp’s is instantly familiar and intuitive to use (for people living among these standards). Flipping on the American Standards Lamp is as routine as unlocking the door. The lamp creates diffused light and provides an accessible extra power outlet.
American Standards Lamp, by Peter Bristol
Table lamp with base and shade in clear mouth-blown glass. Red textile cable and black manual switch.
Chantal, by Stephen Burks, ReadyMade Projects, for Ligne Roset
A collection of lamps produced with stereolithography. Xavier Lust took inspiration from the tree seeds which drift through the warm spring air each year.
Balloons is a collection of unique, simple and timeless lights that are based on an idea of transparent ‘invisible’ volume with a floating reflector. There and not there, seen and unseen creating an ambient and artistic object. The biggest piece of the collection is pushed to the limits production wise. It is the maximum possible dimensions of handmade blown glass. This series is compounded from one table model and two floor models. Available in 3 sizes (S 40×29 cm – M 60X43 cm – L 80X55 cm), different colored glass and reflector finishing.
Inspired by the traditional glass fishing floats used by the fishermen around the world since mid-19th century, the Swedish designer and architect Mattias Ståhlbom of Stockholm’s TAF studio has created this series of pendant lights for Zero. Each rope is hand-knitted by a small company on the Swedish west coast whose specialty was making ropes and netting for the fishing industry.
As the name suggests this new table lamp pays homage to the shape and materiality of the familiar, but soon to be obsolete, incandescent light bulb. In thanks and recognition for all its hard work over the last century, Minimalux now frees it from its customary upright and operational mode and allows it to rest on its side, relax and enjoy its retirement. Bulb is made from hand blown opal glass with a machined brass stem and cable entry.
Bulb, by Minimalux