Here's an interesting take on flatpack: Netherlands-based Studio Mango's Spring Lamp, above, which arrives in the mail as a disc and unfurls into the shape of a bell.
Springs are magical little components, so much can be done with them, if you fold them flat they unfold themselves again and pop up. In today's world transport is becoming increasingly more expensive and there is a continuous challenge for designers to create nice products which perform and look great but are either stackable or have a minimal size during transport. This is what inspired us to create the Spring Lamp, it is small enough to be inserted in a letter box and when hung it unfolds itself like a full lamp shade.
Another circular lamp that will ship in a considerably smaller package than its end form is their Lygo Lamp. You get 12 dozen Lego-like Lygo blocks along with the lighting hardware, and after some elbow grease you've got a 50-centimeter-diameter shade.
Who doesn't remember the colorful playing blocks from their youth, LEGO an abbreviation of Leg Godt (play good) was transformed by Studio Mango in Lygte Godt: LYGO. A unique LYGO block was designed which curves into a 50 cm diameter circle, through stacking, combining and playing you are now able to design and build your own lamp. 144 LYGO blocks go into one lamp and the model becomes available middle 2012 in 5 colors to start with: white, black, transparent, red transparent and purple transparent.
These products are so new they're not yet up on Studio Mango's website, and the only info we've got on them so far are the paragraphs above. But we, and some of you, will know more by Milan; the Spring and the Lygo will be unveiled at the Salone Satellite design show.