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.
Gamete Table Lamp, Floor Lamp, by Xavier Lust, for MGX by Materialise
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.
Fishermen Lamps, by Mattias Ståhlbom, TAF
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
Dom has been designed to recognize those areas that need to be endowed with a unique and unrepeatable piece. You will be seduced into its inner magic. Made from 4mm aluminium sheet, white lacquered Interior.
Dom, by Domo Product Design
“In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word “flower” is the poetic link between french and italian: “fiori”, “fleurs”, “flirter” which means “to flirt”. The emotions and play of a candle light diner or an August summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of a promissing story.”
Fioriness, by Laurent Corio, secondome
Inspired by the specular reflections and rays of light, the design is heavily weighted on function and has a strong graphical presence. The goal was to create a light that would illuminate the table surface as well as the ceiling while leaving the space in-between free from direct light. The half mirrored globe bulb reflects all the light down and onto the table surface while reflecting the light captured in the hemisphere upward where the warmth of the textured yellow post is added to the ceiling and surroundings. When seen from above the surroundings are reflected in the mirrored bulb while acting as the shade preventing the light from shinning into the person’s eyes. Composed of a painted outer and polished inner stainless steel hemisphere, painted steel post, maple wood base and 60w half mirrored globe bulb (G40).
Specular Table Light, by Lukas Peet
Each looks to celebrate the bulb from a different perspective. The designs were produced specifically to complement the flowing forms of the Plumen 001. when illuminated the glass tint mutes the light without hiding the form and produces an unexpected irregular reflection that appears holographic. The outer veil of the Vessels is pierced by a fluid machined aluminium form which holds the bulb in the centre of the volumes. Every piece is totally unique as they are all mouth blown by eye, without a mould, by a local master craftsman. Of the three variations two can be either hung as a pendant or placed on a flat surface as a floor or table light. The angle cut form references the traditional type of impossible bottle (ship in a bottle).