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.

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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.

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Fluorescent chandelier makes a cylindrical beauty

Posted in Design,Images by Scott Meisner on November 29th, 2010

Take a gander at this beautifully designed chandelier at Usher Hall, an art house located in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The chandelier was designed and developed by Speirs + Major, and their aim was “to design an integrated
approach to light, carefully concealing equipment and retaining the architectural integrity of the building.”  They succeeded in that goal with flying colors.  The contemporary chandelier is comprised of fluorescent tubes encased in 45 feet of acrylic cylinders and its core structure makes cable routing and maintenance a simple task.  A single shaft of light that forms the central axis of a spiral staircase; flip through the images in the gallery below and be amazed by its architectural ingenious.

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God’s Chandelier

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

This epic chandelier of the ages is designed by expert glass artisan Robert Kaindl.  And it should come with a warning: Do not stand directly underneath the chandelier unless you want to die.  But don’t you love the design?

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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.

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Turbine Light illuminates roadways with wind-power

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

From TAK Studio comes the latest innovation in green roadways–the attractive Turbine Light.  Here’s how it works: These wind-powered lights line up highways and streets and illuminate when cars pass by them.  If enough energy is generated by the passing cars, the lights will shine the path to your destination.  Problem is, the keyword here is IF.  Would such implementation promote faster driving?  It would make sense for something like this to be installed in windy cities that already generate enough energy for illumination. For all the rest, what about solar powered lights, hm?

[Via Inhabitat; Gizmodo]

Kinetic sculpture reacts to its environment with light and sound

Posted in Art,Design,Images,Technology by Scott Meisner on January 21st, 2010

Particle, designed by artist Alex Posada, is a kinetic sculpture that “responds to its environment translating movements into color and sound.”  The sculpture is composed of a stand that’s mounted with several rings sprinkled in LED lights.  The lights rotate around a central axis when it senses nearby motion.  What’s so interesting is that “its movements cannot be predetermined” since its rotations occur randomly depending upon a passersby’s influence upon it.  A surround sound system is synchronized with the flashing LED lights.  Strange and bizzare, but I like it.  Additional images below and a video of it in action after the break.

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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.”

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‘Ventura’ light fixture is spacey, me likey

Posted in home,Images by Scott Meisner on November 22nd, 2009

‘Ventura,’ designed by Leo Krol & Vincent de Rijk.

The pendant light is constructed out of two aluminium disks covered by a two-tone polyesther transparent diffuser in different colours.

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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.”

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Hundreds of straws make one cool, colorful light source

Posted in Architecture,Art,Images,Style by Scott Meisner on August 18th, 2009

The Clutch Light by Scott Jarvie is made of hundreds of simple, striped, plastic drinking straws and is based on the structural characteristics of trees.  Neat!  Check out an additional shot after the break.

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