Household lighting is a singular challenge for industrial and interior designers alike, insofar as it (selectively) illuminates and ultimately defines a space. Lamps are typically subject to everyday use, yet they also present an opportunity for an individual to express him or herself through design.
Meanwhile, the challenge of minimalism as a design principle is that there is only so much that a designer can take away in the interest of paring an object down to its essence; at a certain point, he or she ends up reapplying signature touches.
However, it seems that designers may eventually exhaust the possibilities of expressive flourishes within the minimalist approach, as several of these Flotspotted designs might be considered to be variations on themes within a broader aesthetic. As always, some are more successful than others, though each is worth a closer look.
Chiara di Vincenza's "Plì" is quite charming, something like a bioluminescent solid-glass mushroom when presented in haphazard clusters as in her product photography. Anyone care to translate the copy from Italian?
Terkel Skou Steffenssen's done a nice job incorporating natural materials and, in effect, a bit of warmth to his otherwise minimalist lamp designs. Steffenssen's "Mylamp" is a sort of DIY desk lamp that mostly consists of a pre-cut cardboard pattern. The worst thing I can say about it is that I could easily make it myself.
The "Pinelamp" (above and below) is just a bit more elaborate, consisting of three dowels and a paper shade; the wooden shaft supported by two legs conjures a pleasant memory of the walking brooms in Fantasia.
Paul Isabella's "Kast" concept (below) is a slightly more modernist take on the same form factor.