Tenda is a series of textile lamps launching at the London Design Festival as a result of Benjamin Hubert’s materials driven research
Tenda Italian for tent is comprised of materials from a diverse mix of industries: Fibre glass rods from the kite manufacturing industry, Lycra from the sports industry, 4 way stretch mesh from the underwear industry, A construction technique from the tent industry.
The primary component of the lamp series is a multi layered construction of textile. The exterior is covered by a quad-directional high stretch micro mesh. This give the lamp its volume and an ethereal lightness with a sense of varying opacity depending on your viewing position. The internal layers are constructed from Lycra which diffuses the light source. The interplay between external stretched convex curves and internal concave forms creates a dynamic typology of components and progressive design language. These layers of textile are supported by flexible fibre glass rods held in tension by textile and brass connectors. The technical textile system has been developed in house over a period of 12 months after several iterations of prototyping and testing.
Tenda, by Benjamin Hubert Research
The Nymphea project is a chandelier that reverses the usual workings of ceiling lights. Whilst suspended from the ceiling, one looks at the chandelier from above. This switching between up and down creates an original lighting atmosphere, both intimate and close to the floor. The possibility to change the orientation of the lights also contributes to the design of the lamp. Like water lilies, the disks that make the lamp seem to float above an invisible surface. The observer can think that one has his feet in the water and looks to the bottom of an imaginary pond.
Spun Aluminium, 5-axis Laser cut, Anodised. Modular system of light shades to be arranged in various configurations on a standard screw cup lamp holder. Solid forms offer complete and variably directed shade. Perforated forms –- in layered combination – enable the light to be gradually filtered, allowing for customisation of the overall aesthetic and manipulation of the emitted light.
[D]3 Contest – Interior Innovation Award Winner – IMM Cologne
Apollo, by International
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)