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Bloom.MGX by Patrick Jouin for MGX by Materialise

Inspired by both the One_Shot.MGX stool and flower blossoms found in nature, this table lamp in two sizes, features a shade which easily collapses and expands to release or contain light. As with the One_Shot.MGX, the shade is 3D printed as a single piece, including hinges that in one movement, transform the shade from a bud to a blossom. And with the complexity of its design, the Bloom lamp succeeds in pushing even further the boundaries of 3D technologies.

Bloom.MGX, by Patrick Jouin, for MGX by Materialise
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Zero PXL Table and Pendant Lamp By Fredrik Mattson

Zero PXL Table By Fredrik Mattson

Zero Ceiling Lamp By Fredrik Mattson

Zero Pendant Lamp By Fredrik Mattson

Zero Pendant Lamp By Fredrik Mattson

Zero PXL Table and Pendant Lamp By Fredrik Mattson

Fredrik Mattson has designed “Pixelated Eyecandy,” a radical retro concept for a table and hanging lamp. Mattson took the form of the traditional lamp and cut it up into rings, disassembled and then reassembled to make its current form. Manufactured by Swedish company Zero, each model is available in a much tamer white flavour.

Zero PXL Pendant Lamp, Zero PXL Table, PXL Ceiling by Fredrik Mattson, for Zero

Tua Table Lamp by Marco Zito for Foscarini

A table lamp with which you can create a personal relationship; surprisingly simple, because it has been thought out with a great deal of care. Tua is inspired by the palm of the hand containing a light: a gesture interpreted in a single, shaped metal plane that is both the support and shade of the lamp. The light source is hidden inside the range of the curve, whose aesthetic has a characteristically fine cut. When the light is on, it creates a pleasantly intimate glow, perfect for all those spaces dedicated to the single person (bedside table or work table). The lamp lends itself even to a multiple interpretation: interior-exterior, two-dimensional/three-dimensional, a graphic sign and a functional lamp, which is always elegant, reassuring and friendly.

Tua Table Lamp, by Marco Zito, for Foscarini

Malva Lights by ett la benn

Malva Lights by ett la benn

Malva Lights by ett la benn

Malva Lights by ett la benn

Malva Lights by ett la benn

Malva Lights by ett la benn

Malva is a series of lights inspired by the natural qualities of cellulose and viscose: the objects are generated by the forming of moistened sponge cloth and its subsequent hardening by air drying on a mould. The translation of this customary material into individual design pieces through basic processes of forming and drying measures up to the highest demands in sustainability and eco friendliness: all objects are compostable.

Malva Lights, by ett la benn

Exhibition: Space Age Lights at Triennale Design Museum

Triennale Design Museum presents a selection of over sixty table lamps designed and made in the 1960s and early 70s, dubbed by historians of design as “Space Age”, it is an era of great social change, but also the era in which international politics were focused on the imaginary collective achievements as a landing space for a fruitful and truly progressive modernity.

The lamps on display come from international collections, ranging from the mass produced, to pieces made by well known designers such as Joe Colombo, Vico Magistretti, Gino Sarfatti and Giotto Wick.

Space Age Lights, 12 May – 05 September, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

Sax by Alain Monnens for Vertigo Bird

Sax by Alain Monnens for Vertigo Bird

Sax by Alain Monnens for Vertigo Bird

Lamps from the Sax family represent an alternative to all surfacemounted downlighters. Its 26 different variations cover the entire spectrum of lighting-design requirements. The choice of different light sources means that this model also boasts a wide range of applications.

Sax, by Alain Monnens, for Vertigo Bird

Lighthouse by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons

Lighthouse by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons

Lighthouse by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons

Lighthouse by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Established & Sons

Established & Sons invited us to conceive a contemporary lamp using the traditional know-how of Venini, Italy. For Lighthouse, our inspiration came from the observation of the sophisticated craftsmanship of Murano’s master glass blowers. The idea was to light up a voluminous round glass structure that would be supported by a delicate aluminium stick. We worked on the precariousness of the equilibrium: there is one and only, sharp point of contact, no fixation, as if the glass was in its originate state, hanging insecurely from the blowing pipe. We wanted to work on the vulnerability of the object.”

Lighthouse, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for Established & Sons

Papo Lamps by Martin Schmid

German designer Martin Schmid, has designed a series of lamps made from paper.

Papo Lamps, by Martin Schmid, Cocage

Spock Light from Modular Lighting Instruments

The sleek lines of the Spock fitting are part of a wider trend that is becoming increasingly popular today: the amorphous forms that refer to elements in nature. Architect Zaha Hadid is the pioneer of this style, but top firms like Apple, Bang & Olufsen or even Miele with its kitchen appliances have realised that rounded forms, tactility and ‘friendly’ design contribute to user happiness. These companies’ products evoke warm feelings in their users thanks to their design inspired by nature, the origin of all life. The Spock, too, has been created from these ingredients because the designers wanted to come up with a timeless creation without falling into the trap of überdesign. The return to natural authenticity, after all, has become a solid point of reference in both the fashion and interior design sectors.

Spock Wall and Ceiling Light, by Couvreur & Devos, for Modular Lighting Instruments

Fire Kit by 5.5 Designers for Skitsch

New products for Skitsch include the Fire Kit – instant campfire!

Fire Kit, by 5.5 Designers for Skitsch

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