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.
Table lamp which synthesizes the association of performances of LED with the callback to the memory of reassuring and formally non invasive lamps. Power LED sources create a diffused light, suitable both for domestic and working environments, 4W for Panama and 9W Panama Mini. Thanks to miniaturization of LED, the lampshade appears a thin disc which rest on a stem. Structure realized in pure aluminium, reflector in polycarbonate with antiglare treatment. Panama is available in two versions: 450 mm height and diameter 350 mm, or 300 mm height and diameter 200 mm, white, black, red and green.
Panama, Panama Mini, by Euga Design, for Omikron
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