In last week's "Currently Crowdfunding: Notable Campaigns of the Week" we printed a brief mention of the Herston self-balancing desk lamp, but it's such a kick-ass design that we want to take a closer look at it here. A task lamp is one of the most important things you can
BioLite's a company that knows about outdoor illumination, and thus far their lighting products have been limited to handheld or hanging items. But now, with their new LED HeadLamp, they're expanding into wearables. This being BioLite, the $49, 330-lumen HeadLamp is of course rechargeable, by means of either solar panel
What do you get when you combine design teams from a company that masters in crystal innovation and one of the leading design firms out there? The Infinite Aura chandelier by IDEO and Swarovski. To bring Infinite Aura to life, the two powerhouse companies joined forces to reimagine the traditional chandelier. The result is a head-turning, functional light, paired with an app that provides connectivity, customization and personal creativity.
Foscarini recently introduced CRI CRI, a wireless lamp with an internal rechargeable battery designed in partnership with Studio Natural. The more casual, functional addition to Foscarini's product lineup is made to thrive both indoors and outdoors, ideal for 'glamping' or dinner on the backyard patio. CRI CRI's handle allows easy
By now you've surely absorbed our must-read series on the Angelpoise, the classic task lamp invented by a 1920s freelance car designer. The iconic design has been put into service by everyone from architects to Pixar, and now the company's producing a half-size version that can be toted around--and plugged
I have a pair of drafting lamps from Ikea (above) that I use on my sewing machine repair bench. They're based on the classic design and are useful for providing illumination at the unusual angles necessary for working on a machine. At $13 a pop they're economical, and a bit
Yesterday some of our American readers watched people do extremely dumb, dangerous things with fireworks. July 4th is a busy time for ambulance drivers, ER doctors, and YouTube camerapeople. Miraculously no one was hurt during this particular stunt, where the guys from Hoonigan—"a motorsport-lifestyle brand with a penchant for automotive debauchery"—took what looks to be a '90s-era BMW 3-class, painted it up in the Stars 'n Stripes, and turned the car into a rolling fireworks show:
This is my previous-generation Festool Syslite LED work light. I probably wouldn't have paid for one--the new one runs some $200--but I won this in a raffle six years ago at a JLC Live event in Providence. I use this thing a lot in my shop, to augment
The Hyperqube is a modular cubistic lighting system out of glass. The LED light engine is dimmable via App or DALI. The modularity offers countless possibilities in color, size and form. The hyperqube is a pendant and floor light which can be customized for interior projects in restaurants, hotels and
Upon walking into Pier 48 for the World's Fair Nano in San Francisco, the first thing you see are these dual spinning wheels: Called "Spokes," the mesmerizing display was created by artist and engineer Christopher Schardt, a longtime Burning Man contributor who has been creating sculptures since 2000. Schardt
Whether you're taking stills or shooting video, in order to get that "liquid light" effect on a smooth surface you need a diffused light source. You could run out and drop several hundred dollars or more on an LED softbox, but here industrial designer Eric Strebel shows you how he
Remember Stuart Semple? He's the British artist who started making and selling that ultra-black paint after artist Anish Kapoor tried to have it all to himself. Now Semple has created that paint's opposite: LIT, which is made out of "the most powerful light emitting pigment on the planet." This stuff
Here's a chap named Nils Solana doing his best to recreate Pixar's famous pre-credit scene: "I thank all the people who have made the success of this intro possible," Solana writes (translated from his native Catalan). "Anyone who needs a good intro, contact me." And just so you come away
Each year about 200 families in America will experience Christmas tree fires, proving to their children that Santa Claus does not love them. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the culprits are usually faulty or overloaded lighting and/or placing the tree too close to a heat source. But
Connected device maker Digital Habits, who previously won a Core77 Design Award for their Open Mirror, have created another device that's caught our eye: The Ambient Light Color Swing. This pendant lamp contains a sensor that allows it to detect the color of nearby objects, then changes its own light
For all of its sins, the smartphone has done a lot to reduce object clutter; I no longer have to carry a separate music player, digital camera and cell phone as I once did. Could a similar feat be achieved with a light source? The folks at Texas-based Thirty Third
Now that technology has freed us from the lightbulb fixture, designers are continuing to exploit the new form factors made possible by LEDs. Power Practical's Luminoodle Task design is not only powerful, but portable, lightweight and flexible, which opens up a whole new world of lighting possibilities: I'm digging
Is there anything worse than being wide awake when everyone else is asleep, and you know you have to be at work the next day? When no matter how hard you try, you just can't fall asleep? The conventional wisdom is that artificial light, and now our tablets and devices,
This is a brilliant use of materials, and a clear design improvement over its predecessor. Lighting designers Ingo Maurer and Theo Möller have designed the Blow Me Up, an inflatable lighting fixture: BLOW Me Up Installation from Ingo Maurer on Vimeo. I currently have standard fluorescent lighting fixtures as
The bustling scenes of Hong Kong at night wouldn't be complete without the constant glow of its neon-lit streets. This is a sentiment that is not only experienced by those who have made the pilgrimage to the city of 7 million, but also by foreigners who have never set foot within its limits, thanks to countless cinematic references based on and shot within the iridescent city.
Light plays an important role in the design of many hardware products. Often, they are both decorative and functional. Indicator lights are the most minimal user interface: They tell you whether the device is turned on, low on battery, or "thinking" really hard. On modern electronics, the light's source is
By now you've probably seen this image, which was created by Funny or Die: While there's nothing funny about what happened at Charlottesville, more than a few pointed out the levity within the act of white supremacists presumably purchasing their torches at a Party City retail outpost. Tiki Brand,
As a part of the revamp of the Microsoft Theater Lounge, Volvox Labs created four permanent art installations. The first piece titled Momentum is a Microsoft powered kinetic sculpture. Made of locally sourced ash wood. Inspired by the Microsoft logo, the sculpture is also made up of 80 Ultra motion linear actuators, 160 custom milled wooden tiles and 10 micro-controllers.
Circadia is an all-in-one sleep system to track, diagnose and treat your sleep problem. It consists of a sleep tracker that uses NASA inspired radar technology to monitor your sleep habits and a portable wake up light that uses data from the tracker to help you wake up and fall asleep.
BioLite may be an American company, but their workforce would be at home in Holland: More than half of the company's employees commute to work by bicycle. Thus they've created the BioLite Cyclist Light Kit, a diminutive and handy accessory that they're now selling in a 2-pack: I'm digging that
There's been a lot of "buzz" around BuzziSpace and 13&9's award-winning BuzziPleat, aka giant ruffs that can be used as sound dampeners, lighting, and/or decoration. They look just like this... but are way more functional. Although pretty much anything would be—unless anyone can convince me otherwise, those neck things do not seem to serve a purpose.
Here's an example of solving an impossible problem using clever design. First off, the arena in which the problem exists: Roughly 25% of the world's population have no access to electricity. In these areas using kerosene lamps for lighting is common. The potential for fires and burns from these lamps
A design problem many attempt to tackle: How to get sunlight into an interior space. 3M does it with materials science. Dr. Diva Tommei does it with robotics. Ross Lovegrove does it with tubes and reflectors. Product designer Leslie Nooteboom is trying it with technology. During her final year of
Caged Venetian (or Murano) glass lamps are a nearly timeless inspiration in lighting design. Their mix of metal restraint and trapped organic glass can range from sensual, to exquisitely detailed, to schlocky "Italian style" restaurant decor, and back again. (I have a conspiracy theory that those bad plastic pizza restaurant
Cardboard, like reclaimed wood, continues to provide inspiration for materials-minded designers. It's tough but soft, ubiquitous and underrated, and incredibly easy to source. Letting the material drive the object is a similarly tried and true source of both innovation and "innovation." The R16 Lamp project aims to join the shipping
The form factor of chandeliers has grown ever bulkier since its first iteration. What started out as a simple overhead platform to hold candles has steadily grown more ornate, gaudier and heavier. The addition of incandescent bulbs and glass diffusers has eliminated the form-follows-function elegance of the original design. Now
The original medieval overhead candle holder is a brilliant piece of "form follows function." We're thrilled to announce we've uncovered original documentation, and even sketches, of a design meeting from the Middle Ages concerning the development of this object. Industrial designers Marcus Chandelier and Phil Ips worked as lighting designers
As far as themes go, "DESIGN is...?" might be as open-ended as they come. If the vast majority of the 650 young designers exhibiting in SaloneSatellite 2017 are any indication, design is stuff you put in your house, with few deviations from furniture and lighting at the far end of
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