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Posted by Ray  |   9 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)


We were there for the launch of the instantly iconic torqued helix of the Plumen 001, the radical compact fluorescent lamp that elevated the lowly light bulb to eco-conscious design object status. Since its debut in 2010, the helical CFL has become an award-winning, museum-worthy icon, even as the Edison bulb has asserted itself into nouveau-rustic interiors over the past few years. I personally find the bright 2700K luminaire to be well-suited to most settings, but, as they note on their Kickstarter page, "it works for areas that need to be bright, but isn't always perfect for dimly lit ambient spaces, like bars, coffee shops or your living room. Places where warmer tones define a texture and softness in the atmosphere—that's where the 002 comes in."



As Roope noted regarding Plumen's recent collaboration with Middlesex University, they've been working with the 001 for some four years now, and the second product offers a noticeably different aesthetic, both in form factor and usage: If the Edison bulb is shorthand for steampunk-y vintage, the Plumen 002 vaguely evokes Art Deco, offering the brightness equivalence of a 30W incandescent "for the coziest of contexts." Viewed on-end, the hemispherical shape suggests a filament bulb, which belies both the axe-like profile and slim, bisected teardrop shape of the frontal view. It's both more and less like a traditional light bulb than the coils of the Plumen 001, referencing its silhouette but literally paring it down to a more modern form.



Posted by erika rae  |   9 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)


Junior isn't just a task light. Like Bob de Graaf's "Species of Illumination," Junior is a whimsical living lamp that depends on your breath to keep his energy up. By breathing toward the lamp, Junior lights up—literally and figuratively—into the perfect playful midday distraction. This all being said, it's probably not the work lamp for you if you've got one of those stressful, white-knuckle jobs that keeps you way past daylight. (Or maybe you need Junior more than the rest of us.)

Junior-StraightShot.jpgYou can't help but pull images of Disney's Wall-E to memory with this design.


The lamp's main goal is to remind users to take moments throughout their busy days to breathe and interact with an object in a more natural and intuitive way. Junior detects the warmth in your breath and pulls energy from it to interact with your movements. Take a look:


Posted by erika rae  |   2 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)


On Avenue Mont-Royal in Montreal, you'll find just what you'd expect—gaggles of traffic making their way through cold temperatures, quaint storefronts, natives and tourists bouncing from door to door and old-fashioned street lights at every corner. But those aren't the only lights shining up the sidewalks. Turn Me On Design recently won a competition launched in 2012 by Avenue Mont-Royal with IDEA-O-RAMA—their comic book inspired street lamps that help give the street a bite of personality.




Posted by erika rae  |   6 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)


We're always interested to see how technology increasingly enables new combinations of mediums for artwork, such as a recent work of performance art that stars a carefully choreographed set of 60 lamps—exposed tungsten bulbs on an arcing wood frame—along with the performers themselves, all set to an electronic score. "A Man Named Zero" is as much a work of performance art as an example of lighting design at its best. London-based lighting experts Nocte and Urban Cottage Industries created the concept behind this performance piece—a show put on at the London Total Refreshment Centre that's meant to "tell the story of one man's rite of passage as he breaks out of his mental and physical hibernation into discovering himself and his own mind," according to the brand's website.


Performance art definitely isn't for everyone—the slightest detail can spoil the suspension of disbelief that is a prerequisite for an aesthetic experience. But if the photos and video (below) are any indication, "A Man Named Zero" was quite the spectacle.


Posted by erika rae  |  18 Nov 2013  |  Comments (2)


Sometimes great designs come from leftover waste—look no further than Pothra planters, shipping pallet chairs and clothes hangers made of bike parts are three examples that prove it. We've got another design that's giving new life to old materials: Rough from Barcelona-based Compeixalaigua Design Studio is a clean update on the forgotten pile of wood strips it once was.


The designers needed a way to light up their workspace and the perceived trash became a bright idea. The packing tape used to keep the sticks together became the inspiration behind the hanging strips that hold the light in place. The light's height can be adjusted using the hanging strips. The space on top of the fixture is perfect for quirky décor (as shown in the photo above).


Upcycled products like this make it seem easy to turn trash into design gold. What's your favorite design that used to be something else?

Posted by erika rae  |  14 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

Middlesex-Lamps-Lead.jpgAlejandra Cabello Martin

We find ourselves eying all kinds of designer lighting fixtures, from beer can table lamps and 3D printed lamp shades to geodesic pendant lamps and shades made of bottles. This time, we have a group of designs that were part of a product design course at Middlesex University in England.

Middlesex-Lamps-Paper.jpgMegan Harley

Middlesex-Lamps-Wood.jpgSeyhan Kekec

Design company Hulger challenged students to create lamp shades for a Plumen 001 lightbulb powered lamp that showed off the bulb and matched the firm's mission statement: "to create desirable products that encourage the use of energy efficient technologies." The designs they came up with introduced intriguing shapes and functionalities—whether it be a glow-in-the-dark gaggle of celestial forms or a glass light diffuser. The shades feature all kinds of materials from pipes to wood.

Middlesex-Lamps-Wax.jpgBernhard Eiser


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   8 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)


Spend any amount of time sitting at a workbench, as I do in my machine-fixing hobby, and your issue is always getting light to the right spot. I spend almost as much time fiddling with the swing-arm lamp as I do manipulating tools. I've thought about getting a headlamp, but suspect it won't solve the issue, although it will make me look like more of a dork.

Netherlands-based UX designer Bob de Graaf has a potential solution. Called "Species of Illumination," the project was de Graaf's entry in Eindhoven's 2013 Graduation Show and features two lamps, named Darwin and Wallace:

[The] two lights...act and react like autonomous creatures. Wallace responds to changes in light intensity in its environment and brings light to the darkest corners. Having done that, it's no longer the darkest space, so he moves on, constantly bringing light where it is darkest. Meanwhile solar-powered 'Darwin' searches for sunlight during daylight hours to charge his battery, and in the evening wanders around the house seeking movement - accompanying people with his light. The interaction and emotional relationship they bring contribute to our well being. They behave like pets. They are lively lights you can play with.

I'm less interested in playing with them than having them serve me, but that's because I am prejudiced against robots. De Graaf, for his part, is not: "I am a big fan of Wall-E, I think Pixar did a really great job in showing how a robot can be adorable," he said in an interview with UK-based We Heart. Not that the Pixar flick, or the hopping Angelpoise lamp, was his inspiration: "My inspiration comes mainly from nature. In nature everything moves all the time, some things really quickly, others really slowly, but nothing has a fixed form or place. That's why I think it's really interesting to work with movement, instead of denying it and working with fixed forms."

Posted by erika rae  |  31 Oct 2013  |  Comments (1)


Table lamps are always tricky. They either look clinical and painfully put together or resemble some kind of cutesy animal that lights up when you press on its belly. There seem to be an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to overhead lighting and floor lamps&mdash. But Damm Design's Amanita (a.k.a the mushroom lamp) is a classy alternative to the boring and the childish.


The shades are made of hand spun copper and are also hand hammered for hours, as the website boasts. If anything, the texture might take away from the real-life mushroom look, but adds a little complexity to the simple design. The base is ash wood with a beeswax finish. All in all, the lamps resemble David Irwin's Rivet Lamps from the 2012 London Design Festival, with less shine.

Mushrooms are a lot like owls—people love to place them in "unexpected" places around the house for some added whimsy. And that can get old pretty quickly. But this lamp is just enough fun without going overboard.


The lamp is currently available in two sizes (tall and short) on Damm Design's website. What do you think—winner or wash?

Posted by erika rae  |  23 Oct 2013  |  Comments (7)


Jon Liow is known for creating ultaminimal products with quirky twists—you may remember him for the clever "Lean" toast dish that we covered a while back. Now, he has introduced a new concept that better connects users to the hours in a day. Your first hunch may be to guess it's a watch—and you're not totally off with that guess. "Solar" is an interactive light that can be hooked up to a specific timezone that mimics the region's sun cycle. The light is controlled by a smartphone app that allows users to choose the timezone that the light imitates. The light will brighten as dawn approaches and soften as evening falls.



The only thing solar about this light is its name—the light is LED lit and runs electrically. The hope is that users will stop and appreciate a daily fixture we may not generally take the time to notice. "This unique take on time can allow us to feel somewhat connected with places we may have never even been or seen, with the user being able to experience the light cycle of any location in the world," Liow says on his website. He tells us more about his project:

The device has several different functions. In its simplest form, the user can either allow the app to automatically sync with the light to trigger a 24-hour cycle based on their current location or manually select any city in the world. Once the light is triggered by the app via bluetooth, it runs independently without needing to be connected to the smartphone. Secondary functions of the system include the ability for the user to invert the light cycle. This option allows the user to reverse the function of the light, resulting in it shining brightest during the timezone's darkest hours and remaining dark during the timezone's brightest hours. The ambient function allows the user to disengage the twenty-four hour light cycle, and control the brightness of the light manually.


Posted by Ray  |   8 Aug 2013  |  Comments (2)


Years ago, back in college, I remember rigging up a 16-foot length of LED rope lights along the sides and edge of my fixture-less closet. While it was particularly useful for finding random things (skeletons, if you will) I'd tucked into the back and off to the side, the diffuse ~3,000K glow wasn't particularly useful for distinguishing, say, my black hoodie from my navy blue one. (Solution: all black everything.)

If only I'd had the Philips LightStrips: Along with the awkwardly-named LivingColors Bloom, the recently-announced lighting solutions mark the expansion of the Dutch lighting innovators' Hue "Personal Wireless Lighting" system, which we covered when they debuted in late 2012.
The introduction of the new so-called "Friends of Hue" extends the powerful app-controlled lighting system to interesting new potential applications, though the examples in the teaser vid strike me as rather uninspired:


Posted by Ray  |  23 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

HomeintheWoods-exterior.jpgStokkeAustad - "The Woods"; Image courtesy of Maria Larsson / Home in the Woods

It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised by a serendipitous visit to a strong exhibition, especially during a week when there happen to be dozens of events to visit. (With the launch of NYCxDesign, New York's annual design week was as supersaturated as ever, what with the ICFF expanding into Javits North and Wanted Design nearly overflowing with exhibitors.) As with Field and Various Projects' Here & There, an unassuming exhibition was well worth the visit, and even though most of last weekend exhibitions have been broken down, packed and shipped by now, Home in the Woods will remain on view at 29 Mercer St in Soho (albeit by appointment only).

However, unlike Jonah Takagi's effort, Maria Larsson's exhibition is brimming with New Nordic and Swedish Modern quality, including vintage pieces by Bruno Mathsson and Sven Markelius along with works of art and design. As the sole organizer of the exhibition, Larsson readily admits that her role went far beyond simply curating the exhibition: an architect by training, she oversaw the buildout of the gallery space, as well as the PR and marketing.

HomeintheWoods-EldFire.jpgVintage table and chairs by Bruno Mathsson; leather goods by Tigerklo; stool by Lith Lith Lundin


Posted by Ray  |  22 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

ICFF-Lighting-RichBrilliantWilling-Monocle-2.jpgRich Brilliant Willing's "Monocle" wall sconce

Although the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is notorious for its rather unflattering industrial lighting fixtures, many of the exhibitors at the ICFF happen to design lamps and lighting for the appreciably more intimate settings of the home or office, where (thankfully) we spend most of our time. Here's a selection of some of our favs, including several new offerings from our friends at Rich Brilliant Willing, Brendan Ravenhill and Patrick Townsend.

ICFF-Lighting-RichBrilliantWilling-GalaChandelier.jpgThe Gala Chandelier comes in a variety of configurations


Posted by Ray  |  21 May 2013  |  Comments (0)
Design agency smallpond looked to go big time for the inaugural NYCxDesign festival, entering the fray with the support of London's Designjunction. The new INTRO NY show was modest in the best way possible, a showcase of smaller, mostly non-NYC design brands in a well-lit, street-level space in the heart of Little Italy (there was audible din from a parade two blocks over when I visited on Saturday morning).
If on-site retail—a curated neo-utility pop-up shop—and refreshments seem to be par for the course at design shows these days, the backyard pop-up cafe was a nice touch (though I imagine it was rained out on Sunday).
In addition to furnishing the patio, San Francisco's Council made a strong showing with products new and old. They've brought a handful of young designers into the fold since the brand debuted at ICFF in 2007, including Chad Wright, who was happy to discuss the "Twig" chair that he designed for the brand.
INTRONY-Council-1-1500.jpgThe "Periodic" table by One & Co. was displayed front and center


Posted by Ray  |  20 May 2013  |  Comments (1)


Now in its fourth year, Noho Design District has taken on a few different permutations over the years, encompassing various pop-up exhibitions from a tiny Japanese butcher shop to a four-story lumber company headquarters (which happen to be on the same block, no less), reflecting both the changes within the neighborhood and the landscape of American design as a whole. Once again, our friends Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen have masterminded a neighborhood-wide celebration of young and emerging designers. In addition to partnering with several co-conspirators such as Future Perfect and American Design Club, they've also curated the flagship Noho Next group exhibition, featuring 13 handpicked studios in this showcase of emerging design talent.


The exhibition took place over the weekend at Subculture, the event space in the basement of the 45 Bleecker Street Theater, which hosted Tom Dixon's London Underground exhibition last year. (I don't know if I'm dating myself with the reference, but I remember going to the Crosby Connection sandwich shop when they occupied the cafe a few years back...). Although it happens to be closing as I write this, hopefully our documentation can serve as future reference.

NohoNext2013-MishaKahn-0.jpgMisha Kahn, Brooklyn, NY

NohoNext2013-MishaKahn-1.jpgMisha Kahn

NohoNext2013-MishaKahn-2.jpgMisha Kahn

NohoNext2013-MishaKahnxChrisWolston.jpgMisha Kahn × Chris Wolston


Posted by Ray  |  20 May 2013  |  Comments (0)


Although this year marks their first ICFF, PELLE Designs actually dates back to 2008 or so, when co-founder Jean Pelle developed the first Bubble Chandelier. She met her future business partner (and husband) Oliver about ten years ago at the Yale School of Architecture, and each went on to work for major firms before setting out on their own.

ICFF2013-Pelle-coffeetable.jpgThe "Quadrat" series of tables takes its name from the German word for "square"; Oliver left his native Germany to study architecture in the States


Thus, their debut collection consists of iterations on the designs: the Bubble Chandelier is now UL listed, and they've just introduced a long version (not pictured) for a total of nine different shapes and sizes (they've also taken an interesting step in making all of the items available to order through an online store).

ICFF2013-Pelle-soapstones.jpgJean noted that they make and hand-carve the Soap Stones in their Red Hook studio


Posted by Ray  |  20 May 2013  |  Comments (1)


Stockholm's Konstfack is among the university design departments that occupy the removed North Building of the Javits Center this ICFF, a more manageable—albeit somewhat sparsely populated—exhibition hall in contrast to the main floor of ICFF. Despite—or perhaps because of—the largely theoretical curriculum of graduate programs in Industrial Design, the 11 first-year Master's candidates at Konstfack undertook a self-initiated project to actually make objects, which they first exhibited during Stockholm Design Week back in February. According to the Negative Space website:

What is a negative space?
Can it be framed by something other than matter?
Can a negative space be made tangible?

Ten explorations on the possible meanings of negative space showcasing new and intriguing perspectives. By shifting focus from matter to the space that it occupies, the designers have found new ways of working by investigating the relationship between objects and the surrounding space. Presented here are a series of individual interpretations of negative space, culminating in a fascinating interplay between form, memory, movement, light and time.


Insofar as the theme itself is intangible, the students took a broad range of approaches; even in the case of light, which might be considered an easy metaphor for space, the inspiration and execution varied significantly. Nevertheless, the overall aesthetic of the work is quite minimal, in keeping with both the theme and Scandinavian design language in general.


Unfortunately, the logistics of overseas travel and the tradeshow setting made for a somewhat attenuated exhibition—i.e. the convention center simply isn't the ideal context for exhibiting the highly conceptual work. (I find that the Javits Center, for all its cavernous, harshly-lit real estate, is something of a 'negative space,' if you'll excuse the pun.) In any case, the students were excited to be in New York—a first for many of them—and they were eager to share their work.


Daphne Zuilhof's "Spin" stool inspired friendly jealousy amongst her peers for it's packability. It takes it name not from the English verb but for the Dutch word for 'spider,' where its collapsible legs delimit a volume that is a usable space.


Posted by Ray  |  16 May 2013  |  Comments (0)


Remember the useless machine from a couple years back? You know, the device with a switch that activated an arm that flipped its own switch? For better or for worse, I couldn't help but think of that paradoxical box when I saw Zelf Koelman's "Switch Candle"... which, ironically enough, is something like a useful version of the same. Bearing a crown of five tealights, the curious-looking object functions as a dimmable candle. I won't ruin it for you; just watch:

Koelman describes the "Switch Candle" as a comment on "how we perceive artificial light, how we interact with it and how we should not forget the amount of energy light needs to shine."

For ages we have put much effort in keeping on the fire at night to extend the day and keeping us warm and safe. Since the invention of electric light sources, I believe we lost track of how much effort and energy it really takes to keep us awake.




Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  15 May 2013  |  Comments (3)


The problem with driving the same route, day after day, is that it becomes easy for commuters to stop paying attention. They know the route so well that they subconsciously tune out, ignoring signage both static and electronic, even when the latter is flashing danger warnings in big, orange letters.

Needless to say this can have deadly consequences, and the authorities in charge of Australia's Sydney Harbor Tunnel decided to do something about it after the following incident: "We had a fire in the tunnel," explains Harbor Tunnel GM Bob Allen, "motorists ignored the warning lights and signs and continued driving towards the fire. These drivers exposed themselves to smoke and toxic fumes from the fire and then to compound the situation they turned around (in a one way tunnel) and drove back out of the tunnel against incoming traffic."

Through a government-led R&D program, Tunnel administrators were able to contact Laservision, a creative technology firm that designs architectural lighting, permanent attractions and special events primarily for the entertainment industry. They teamed up with pump manufacturer Grundfos to create a HUGE stop sign that is impossible to ignore: It seems to materialize out of thin air, directly in front of your car.


The Softstop, as it's called, utilizes a combination of pumped water and light projection. Watch it deploy:

Via Doobybrain

Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  29 Apr 2013  |  Comments (0)

Kvatdrat_Urquiola_panels.JPGKvadrat Soft Cell panels line the entrance of the Moroso showroom

Celebrating Patricia Urquiola's first textile collection for Kvadrat, a feast of the senses was organized at Moroso's Milan showroom during Salone. Entering through a hallway lit with the dynamic glow of Kvadrat's Soft Cell panels, guests were welcome into the main showroom where rotating columns of embroidered fabrics were hung around the circumference of the space.


The Revolving Room honored a spirit of collaboration—between Urquiola, Moroso, Kvadrat and Philips—as a showcase of the myriad possibilities for textile application. The Urquiola-designed Kvadrat collection was the filter on the acoustic lighting panels, an embroidered skin on the rotating architectural columns, the fabric on Moroso furniture and a material transformed into bowls and inspiring food design by I'm a KOMBO for the communal table.



Kvadrat Soft Cells are large architectural acoustic panels with integrated multi-colored LED lights. These "Luminous Textiles" provide an ambient glow of light filtered through the textures of Kvatdrat fabrics. The modular panels are based on a patented aluminum frame with a concealed tensioning mechanism which keeps the surface of the fabric taut, unaffected by humidity or temperature.

The magic of the panels lies in Philips' LED technology which allows architects to control content, color and movement projected from the panels. The Kvadrat textiles provide tactility and sound absorption qualities even when the Soft Cells are static.

Core77 had an opportunity to speak with Urquiola on the collaboration with Kvadrat on the occasion of the collection debut. As the first designer to create a collection for the Soft Cells panels, we were interested in learn more about the process of designing across different mediums and working with light.

Kvatdrat_Urquiola_all.JPGFrom left to right: Anders Byriel, Patricia Urquiola, Patrizia Moroso

Core77: This is your first time designing textiles for Kvadrat. What was your design process like and how was it different than designing furniture?

Patricia Urquiola: We worked in two ways. The first process started with the idea of "applying memory," to create a fabric that looks like its been worn with time. This fabric will not get older in a bad way because it is already "worn." The passage of time will be good for contrast.

The other idea was to work with digital patterns. We have been working with ceramics as part of my research in the studio for a long time. Part of these patterns were in my mind as we were searching for new tiling designs. I am working with Mutina, where I am the art director, and we're trying not to work in color—exploring bas relief and a treatment of the tiling.

One pattern is a kind of matrix—its kind of a jacquard. We're working with a classic technique in a cool wool, but in the end, you have this connection with a digital world. The contrast of the jacquard is sometimes quite strong and sometimes more muted—you can see and then not see the matrix.

And then there was the possibility to work velvet—opaque and quite elegant. We use a digital laser cut technique. They are patterns but not. They give an element to the fabric but they are still and quiet.


These are digital techniques but the process to create all three patterns was quite complicated. I'm happy because we explored three complex processes but they turned out amazing.


Posted by Ray  |  20 Mar 2013  |  Comments (2)


After she graduated from Syracuse University in 2005, Christine Price Hamilton spent several years working as a project manager/designer at a residential architecture firm before setting out on her own—or rather, as one of the independent studios at Fringe Union in Somerville, Massachusetts. Since 2011, she's been developing the Tesselight, as well as her freelance architectural practice, with the support of her fellow Fringe members.


Launched last week, the collection of pendant lighting fixtures are made from delicately assembled translucent paper that has been "sealed with a proprietary flame-retardant and stain-resistant coating, silkscreened by hand to achieve a perfectly smooth, satin finish."

The paper is fed through a traditional windmill press equipped with our custom wood block dies. As the paper is fed through the press, the dies stamp out a series of flat shapes that together create the pattern for each Tesselight. The flat pieces then go to the worktable, where they are folded, curled and sewn by hand into a series of triangular tiles. The tiles are joined to create a spherical shape so strong that it supports itself, no inner frame necessary.

Tesselight-Atom-2.jpgThe "Atom," pictured above and at top

We had the chance to talk to Hamilton about bringing her project to life.

Core77: What inspired you to create Tesselights?

Christine Price Hamilton: Through an admittedly nerdy obsession with Buckminster Fuller, I became fascinated with fractal geometry and the Platonic solids. I was curious to see what kinds of patterns would emerge if the faces of those solids weren't strictly flat and linear, and it seemed like the pliable and translucent properties of paper made it the ideal material to render those patterns most dramatically. I was really just experimenting. I made the first set of tiles without having any idea what the end result would look like, or even that it would be a light fixture. That first experiment became what is now called the Stella pendant.


I imagine it took some time to refine the product and process behind Tesselights. What were some of the challenges you faced, and what solutions did you arrive at?

The biggest challenge so far has been figuring out how to pack and ship the fixtures. Each curve of paper is held in delicate tension by a single thread. Prolonged pressure on the fixture—even from packing peanuts—will squish and warp those curves, ruining the overall symmetry.

Ultimately, the best solution was to use the laws of geometry to our advantage. Tesselights are now packaged using a single chipboard insert which, through a series of voids and folds, mimics the edges of the fixture's form and squeezes gently between each tile, effectively suspending the fixture inside its box.

Tesselight-Aurora.jpgDetail of "Aurora"


Posted by core jr  |  12 Mar 2013  |  Comments (1)


Text and Images by Max Gunawan

Lumio is a lamp that unfolds from a book. Simply open the cover to turn it on, the further you open the cover the brighter it gets. Sounds very simple, yet the design process was nothing but.

The journey started about eight months ago when I joined TechShop SF. I came in with the ambitious idea of creating a modular house with built-in furniture that you can fold flat to fit into your car. It's the same basic concept of a lunchbox: different parts of a meal packaged in a portable container. Except that it's a home-in-a-box that you can carry around and pop open easily.


My vision was to build a modular home for the modern nomad with all of the conveniences we are accustomed to. It didn't quite turn out the way I envisioned it, but through that design exploration, I ended up with a modified version of the same design concept, on a much smaller scale.

What does a foldable house have to do with Lumio? Although they share the same underlying design principles of a folding structure, physically they are nothing alike. Lumio was created out of necessity because I didn't have the resources to build a working prototype for the folding house. I had to adapt my idea and scale it down into something more manageable.

I had these paper models and sketches of the folding house in my Moleskine sketchbook. It dawned on me one day that a book would be a great way to package this idea of a collapsible light fixture: it's compact, it has a visceral connection with the idea of a book as a "source of illumination," and it has that unexpected element of surprise.

We always think that innovation happens when you have all the freedom and tools you need. In my case, it came together out of limitation. I was able to make the best use out of what I have.

Lumio_study_model.jpgPhoto of Moleskine study model

I arrived at the concept for Lumio around September 2012. My first prototype was cobbled together out of folded paper inserted into the cover of my hardcover sketchbook. It was rough, but it was a good starting point as a proof-of-concept.


Posted by Ray  |   4 Feb 2013  |  Comments (1)


Designer Alexander Lervik is pleased to present Lumière au Chocolate, his latest project in the Lervik 100 collection, which he is presenting at this very moment in his current home of Stockholm, Sweden (the opening is tonight, February 4th, from 6–10PM at Galleri Kleerup). Produced by Scandinavian LED specialists SAAS Instruments, the uncanny chocolate ark belies a latent luminosity:

The Poetry of Light chocolate lamp, unlike other lamps, is completely dark when you first turn it on, mimicking light spreading along the horizon at sunrise. The heat from the lamp causes the chocolate to begin melting, and it takes several minutes for the first rays of light to penetrate. Holes soon form and as the light grows the chocolate melts. The material and structure of the lamp are the result of pure curiosity. Alexander Lervik wanted to explore the possibility of creating a contrast to light, i.e. dark. The shape of the lamp has been devised based on extensive testing involving the melting process.




Posted by Ray  |  25 Jan 2013  |  Comments (2)


If you're not familiar with the work of Kimou Meyer, a.k.a. Grotesk, we recommend checking out his excellent 2010 monograph. But even those of you who have never heard of the Brooklyn-based graphic designer ought to appreciate a recently-launched edition he has created for Case Studyo of Ghent, Belgium.


Limited to an edition of 23 (after Jordan, we hope) plus four artist proofs, "6FT - 6IN" is a baller lamp that is distinctive for its "blocky sneaker feet, as not only a signature Grotesk output, but also a design incubation decades in the making." Contrary to the height given in its name, the lamp measures 75cm (30 in.), or just under half the height of Mugsy Bogues, it's clearly intended to be a table lamp, featuring a cylindrical abat-jour set on skinny "string bean" legs are more Kevin Durant than LeBron. These minimalist components serve to underscore the unexpectedly playful base, featuring a classic Bulls color scheme.


Last week, I took issue with the plain rectangular box that served as the packaging for Taylor Simpson's MONIKER bicycle handlebar concept. Here, it serves as a remarkably felicitous concept: the custom packaging for "6FT - 6IN" resembles a giant shoe box—it's hard to tell from the photos, but I imagine it's upwards of three feet long—executed in custom screenprinted wood. It's a veritable triple-double of brilliant design: ten points for style, ten points for substance, plus another ten for packaging.



Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  31 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)


It's hard to believe the Times Square ball that NYC drops every New Year's used to be a five-foot affair (above) made of wood, iron and incandescent bulbs. Now, of course, it looks like this:


The iconic sphere ballooned to 12 feet in diameter, like it's chasing Indiana Jones. It also weighs a whopping 12,000 pounds, covered as it is in 12,256 Philips LED bulbs that can change color. It's also getting greener, as you'll see in the video below:

Hope everyone has a good holiday!

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  27 Dec 2012  |  Comments (0)


It's not the "improved chromatic yield" and the technical elements of iGuzzini's Pixel Pro recessed LED ceiling light that caught our eye; it's the thoroughly thought-out design by Massimo Iosa Ghini, the famed architect and designer.

To start with, Iosa Ghini ensured the form was beautiful in all 360 degrees, even the elegant blades of the heat sink that only the installer would get to appreciate. The installer would no doubt apppreciate the ease of his job as well, as the entire unit pops into place and locks in via two latches. (And yep, it's compatible with legacy diameters, so you don't have to buy a new hole-cutting saw.) Maintenance, too, is simplified by the easily-removeable cooling fan and reflector.

Iosa Ghini didn't forget the end user, of course; the fixture can easily be rotated downwards with 75 degrees of travel, turning the lamp into a spotlight. Check it out:

Posted by Ray  |  20 Dec 2012  |  Comments (1)


Originally hailing from Poznan, Poland, where he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Fine Arts, Marcin Pogorzelski is currently working towards his Masters at Sweden's renowned Konstfack. His latest projects certainly express a bit of Scandinavian influence, both for their simple elegance and fluent execution.


First up, the belTable is a bit more Home Depot than IKEA (in a good way): Pogorzelski set out to "minimize every part of table and make it even easier to put together after unpacked at home." It consists of just four parts: the tabletop, legs, pegs and its signature element: a heavy-duty nylon belt.


As you might have guessed, the belTable requires no screws or glue for assembly. The belt also doubles as an ad hoc storage solutions for newspapers and magazines, as illustrated in the images.