How the lamp got its groove back

Posted in Design,Images,Video by Scott Meisner on January 23rd, 2011

Rhythm of Light, a psychedelic lamp created by Dutch designer Susanne de Graef, is made up of five concentric aluminum rings with hundreds of multicolored strings attached.  These strings, which are threaded throughout the lamp and are spaced slightly apart from one another, move up and down since there’s a counterweight that hangs at the bottom.  Says de Graef, “Light is movement, it has its own rhythm. I designed a lamp with its own rhythm. The user decides the rhythm of the lamp by moving the lamp up and down, the layers mingle, the light gets diffused and the layers turn into a game of colours.”  The strings represent the properties of light, and the lamp taken as a whole comments on the cyclical rhythm of time.  Neat-o.  Pictures below, video after the break.

[Via Gizmodo; DesignBoom]

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Light Disc Lamp

Posted in Design,Images by Scott Meisner on January 16th, 2011

“Ring” is a futuristic lamp created by Italian designer Loris Bottello and obviously inspired by the world of Tron.  It’s lit by bioluminescent polymers and its intensity can be adjusted by rotating the disc.  By design, the energy is transferred by brush contacts on the outer copper ring.  Aesthetics and functionality aid each other in this bold concept that I want by my bedside stat.

[Via Gizmodo; Designboom]

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‘Stellar’ lamp harnesses the power of crystals to emit bright light

Posted in Design,Images by Scott Meisner on April 6th, 2010

From Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka comes Stellar, a lamp of sorts…

For ‘stellar’, Tokujin has brought together the explorations made in his previous work, with the intentions of creating a ‘star’, a large spherical illuminated crystal mass, descending from the sky, emitting rays of light into the exhibition space.

Essentially it’s an extremely bright lamp.  It just happens to be beautifully crafted.  And it’s made of Swarovski crystals.

[Via DesignBoom; Gizmodo]

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Mighty morphin’ solar eclipse lamp

Posted in Design,Images,Technology by Scott Meisner on March 9th, 2010

The Nissyoku lamp is inspired by the solar eclipse.  It’s powered by hybrid capacitors that allow it to keep glowing without maintenence for up to ten years.  What makes this LED lamp so neat is that it can take on different shapes thanks to rotating panels fixed with magnets.  It’s designed to be either suspended from a ceiling or placed on a surface to illuminate a room.  It reminds me of the Sony Rolly.  Check out the gallery below for alternative shapes.

[Via igendesign; TheDesignBlog; Gizmodo]

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XXXLamp, the world’s largest lamp

Posted in Design,Images,Technology by Scott Meisner on December 21st, 2009

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XXXLamp.  Designed by Bart Lens.

At 13-feet in diameter and 5.25-feet high, the XXXLamp is the largest ceiling lamp in production.  The giant lamp uses three light sources, but it can be ordered with RGB LEDs that allow you to remotely control the color it emits.  It’s inspired by a Chinese lantern.

The twelve-segment construction makes the connection with the lantern, but a pumpkin is perhaps the first association that comes to mind, while the suspension system recalls an upside-down hot-air balloon.

[Via KanyeBlog; Gizmodo; Deezen]

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Need light? Unzip to illuminate the room.

Posted in Design,Images by Scott Meisner on December 4th, 2009

“Cache-Cache” designed by Victor Boeda.

…the light stays concealed behind a flexible material which can be closed or open in order to create the amount of illumination the user desires. It’s system is very similar to that of a zipper.

Oh, and cache-cache is French for “hidden.”

[Via Gizmodo; Freshome]

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Carbon fiber lamp is funky fresh

Posted in Design,Images by Scott Meisner on November 12th, 2009

Carbon 451 Lamp, by Marcus Tremonto.

“The complexity of curves and required thinness could not be duplicated in any other material while still maintaining its ability to support itself completely.”

[Via Gizmodo; Contemporist]

The dervish lamp

Posted in Art,Images,Style by Scott Meisner on September 22nd, 2009

Created by Philippe Malouin Design.

While borrowing a friend’s car for the day, I decided to have it washed to show my gratitude. I pulled into an automated carwash, and while inside, I couldn’t help but notice how the carwash brushes completely alter their shape from flimsy drooping hair covered rods to massive powerful beams. Could this quality of transformation be applied to the home sector? Where would a transforming apparatus find use in the home?

The carwash brushes go from limp, to cones, to beams. A lamp could use this whimsical feature to direct light, from a tube of light to a cone, to an open light source. The contraption, with its spinning, would produce a rather considerable amount of wind. Ceiling fans have not changed in the slightest ever since their introduction. Apart from finishes and rotation speed, they have always remained rather dull.

By morphing the ever-changing carwash brushes with a ceiling fan, a new product is achieved and completely redefines ceiling fans. The piece is called Dervish, its spinning qualities remind one of the Turkish spinning dancers going in a trance.

[Via Gizmodo; Philippe Malouin Deisgn]

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