Over the summer I have been gathering brands and designers who inspire me and have similar design values to myself, creating objects which have some of the ideal properties for me.
Handmade using a combination of marble, wood and metal, with leather and copper detailing. This combination of material is very pleasing and all work together in harmony, creating not only a high quality aesthetic but a lighting product which is very pleasing to the eye. Due to the product being handmade, there is a evident extra level of attention to detail, such as the little leather clasp to hold the wire in place, this adds to the overall appearance of the product.
This product is designed to provide a downward light for bedsides tables and desks. The use of material and attention to detail is what is ideal for me in this object, the design of the lamp is simple and original letting the material do the rest of the work.
This lighting product as designed and made by Marcel Ossendrijver from the Netherlands for M.oss design.
Produced by Korean Design studio BMIX and seen at Tent London, this lamp is perfectly minimal focusing the eye on the brass details. The combination of brass, wood and sprayed aluminium work together in harmony again.
The little brass toggle switch to turn the light on and off is a great detail; it is not trying the hide or integrate the power button in any way but making a feature out of it. A toggle switch is often associated with vintage products, but here it has made to look sleek and contemporary, through combination with complementary materials. Similar to the design by M.oss, the light build on the traditional shape of a light, simplifying it and making it look contemporary.
The minimalist design is ideal for me. It doesn’t have an unnecessary decoration and the forms are all gradual and smooth giving the overall appearance a clean and soft feel.
This is terracotta Lamp called “VOLT” designed by Marcel Ossendrijver for M.oss design again.
The simplicity and uniform nature of this light allows one to focus on the form. The terracotta ceramic gives the light the uniform finish, whilst the curves of the base oppose each other giving a beautifully balanced feel the light. Its simplicity also allows you to focus on the beautiful color of the terracotta. A single wooden dowel feeds through the two components holding them together.
I love the way the lampshade of the light looks like it is almost balancing on top of the curved base and how the two curves of the light oppose each other whilst the terracotta give a soft fell to the design, complementing the soft curves. I think it a great match of material and design.
This lights by David Derksen are made from a single copper sheet which is etched and then bent into shape, creating a simple faceted form.
This lights by David Derksen are made from a single copper sheet which is etched and then bent into shape, creating a simple faceted form.
By reflecting its surroundings, each facet gets a different tone, from dark brown to red to light orange. The material gives a warm color to the light that shines from the lamps. What I think is brilliant about these lights is the simplicity not just of their form but also the construction methods, simple folding creates the form of the light, once the etching of the copper is complete. The faceted faces then reflect the surroundings making the light more than just a simple copper form. It uses the material to elevate the function and aesthetic of the light and creates the illusion of different tones and complexity of material, which I think is an ideal way of using a material. Seen at Tent London
This light piece demonstrates lighting design can have a sculptural element to it. It can go beyond the function of providing light for its environment, but is rather a piece of functional art, bridging the gap between art and design.
This is something I love about lighting design; there is so much scope for designing around the lighting feature. I feel this sculptural element to the light really appeals to people looking for art in their home but may be looking for function as well. The light is sold for £1185 so it has a price tag that also suggest it is something more than just a light.
This lighting piece by Lee Broom consists of an illuminated sphere sliced in half to reveal a crescent-shaped brushed brass face, Crescent Light seamlessly combines the solid and the opaque. The ideal in this light beyond demonstrating the breath of lighting design, is the simple yet effect aesthetic and concept of the light.
This light designed for Flos by London designer Michael Anastassiades features a LED light source for low energy consumption, softened by a smooth opal blown-glass diffuser. The light is also reflected in the shiny metallic surface of the smaller sphere, which is machined from solid aluminium and plated in a choice of metals. A dimmer switch on the cable gives you complete control over a range of light levels. The two spheres are caught at the instant they meet and gives the impression they could roll away again at any moment, or that you could reach out to pull them apart.
Once again this demonstrates a more sculptural light design, doing more than just providing light. Not only does this design demonstrate great craftsmanship, as crafting a sphere is no easy task, but its also demonstrates brilliant design. I am really like designs where balance and gravity if questions and this is something Michael Anastassiades often addresses. The ideal feature of this light I the way the two sphere work off each other, holding each other in place and complementing each other.
This lamp design by Simon Frambach can be dimmed continuously by lifting or lowering the shade. Just like the rising sun, Nod will shine brightest at its highest point. Lowering its head will put it to sleep. All functions are simplified into one intuitive action that leaves the task light to be void of any buttons or sliders.
This minimalist light design has a very understated look, not hinting at its innovative function. The simple form and shape also allows the viewer to focus more on the function of the light. This light is an example of where the function come before anything else, rather than the sculptural elements to the previous light where the function is only part of the overall effect. The ideal feature of this light is it function and the redesigned way of adjusting the brightness.
This light designed by foster and partners consists of a glass tube housing two glass dome lenses. In the base is a single LED, the light from the LED is focused through the bottom lenses onto the dome above which diffuses the light into the surroundings, giving a very wide breach of light and giving the illusion of a floating glass light source inside the tube.
Additionally, the light is tactile with a single grooved ring on the base can be rotated like a camera focus lens to adjust the brightness of the light. The innovation of this light is ideal for me, the idea to create the illusion of a floating light dome is brilliant. The aesthetic is very pleasing as well, with the two cones reflecting each other through the glass cylinder.
Inspired by the sun and the solar system Helio, designed by Olivia Oberg, explores astronomical instruments and models such as globes and solar systems. Like the solar system the light source is at the centre with ring of wood which rotate around it in a helix fashion, replicating the way in which the planets move around the sun.
Seen at Tent London, this light is brilliantly constructed and is great fun to play with. I really like the way it is inspired by its surroundings and how it the rings rotate around each other with the light source at the centre and since the lamp and its surrounding rings are adjustable, the user can play with the armature to affect the brightness of the light bringing a nice interactivity to the light.
Made using Swedish pine, LED, powder-coated aluminum and brass details.
OLED panels are a new type of light source which are still undergoing development to create a manufacturing technique which can bring down the price of production. It will be possible in the future of OLED panels to be printed onto large sheets, enabling the panels to be sold at a fraction of the current price.
OLED panels are ultra thin & light and can be made flexible. These characteristics free the designers to create much more creative shapes than existing light sources can provide. OLED lights have spectral power distributions closest to sunlight making one feel more comfortable when under OLED light. OLED also boast no heat, no glare, no uv.
The characteristics of OLED panels are ideal for me opening up a whole light design which may not have been possible before. Additionally OLED panels can be made transparent when the light is turned off which is an incredible characteristic.
This light design made by Flyte, uses at magnetic levitation technology, and brings it a level further by incorporating wireless electricity transfer. A light bulb sits above a oak base with a magnetic system inside receives electricity from the base through a magnetically induced AC current.
What I find ideal about this object not only the levitation device but the fact that the brand has been able to wirelessly transfer electricity through the space between the base and the bulb. I think the technology embedded into this design is fantastic.
Japanese firm called Hoshinchu designs floating house plants.
Comprised of two parts, the energy base and a moss ball, this unique planter houses a real growing plant and suspends it in the air. Focusing on balance and elegance, the plant floats above the energy base and rotates to not only give a twirling effect to the display but gives the plant an even amount of sunlight.
What is ideal in this for me is the use of science to create a stunning product. The use of magnetic elevation creates a gravity defying effect and makes you immediately want to understand how it works and watch it as it slowly rotates.
The Air Bonsai is powered by built in magnets in the base and the moss ball.
This Pendant light by Making Matters made from crystal glass has been laser engraved by a specialist laser machine which focuses two lasers into the centre of the glass making a small hole where they meet enabling one to engrave inside of a glass sphere. His light has had a form based on the pendular drawings of Norwegian artist Hans Stendahl engraved inside the glass, when the light is turned on the form is illuminated.
The dome shape of the glass gives the light a large scope of illumination and also magnifies the light emitted by a led inside the top end of the light which is wood turned. I really like the form of the light along with the technology used the create the form inside of the glass adding another dimension to the light design.
Seen at Tent london
Another design by BMIX studios in Korea and seen at Tent, these little concrete and glass lamps look to update the obsolete incandescent light bulbs and give one a little desktop light which uses concrete as a base. The bubs are built with LEDs at the base and a combination of acrylic rods and thin wires to mimic the construction and appearance of a incandescent bulb.
What I like about this design is the scale and the way in which the appreciated aesthetics of a normal incandescent light bulb has been converted into a contemporary object. I love how small the light is and how you could have a few of these dotted around most rooms in a house.
Designed by Portuguese company Emotional Objects, Roots, as seen at Tent London, is a coffee table inspired by the Sacred Ceiba tree in Havana and the way their roots and branches intertwined. “Roots” reinterprets that geometry in a contemporary design.
Two materials, Veneered Plywood and Lacquered MDF interlock in a crisscross pattern. What I think is ideal about this object is the way in which the two material contrasts each other, yet are completely flush with each other, creating a pattern which is complex yet the form of the object is simplistic. I also really like the way its form has been directly inspired and translated from the forms created in nature.
‘Roly-Poly’ pencil holders are designed to stand upright, through specially weighted and balanced bases, despite the concave nature of them.
As one goes to take a pencil out of the holder, the holder will tilt to where you hand is making it super easy to remove an item and stopping it ever falling over. It will then pull back to it upright position in a swinging motion.
The ideals for me in this design is the clean redesign of a everyday item adding innovation and practicality. I also love balanced aesthetic of the object, looking like it shouldn’t be standing up straight.
Designed by Korean Design studio BMIX again.
Made from 32 individual strips of wood, the lamp is handmade using the tools and techniques of traditional Norwegian laminated wood craftsmanship. Whether illuminated at night or seen in the cold light of day, the light will provide a centrepiece of the home.
This light by Northern Lighting demonstrates great craftsmanship’s and once again uses the material in a very innovative and effective way. The wooden strips splay out creating an opening for the light to come though and then curve back in to repeat the shape and aesthetic of the top of the light. The strips open in a spiralling form giving another dimension to the piece.
What I think is ideal about this light is the creative and innovative use of the material properties, creating a design which is very impressive.
Some of the Ideal I see in a object are-
INNOVATIVE USE OF MATERIAL
USE OF QUALITY MATERIAL
USE OF GEOMETRY
SIMPLE, MINIMAL AND CLEAN AESTHETIC
INNOVATIVE FUNCTION AND USE OF TECHNOLOGY
EXPLORES BALANCE AND GRAVITY
INSPIRED BY NATURE
Here are a few very basic initial idea for a product, at the moment the forms are quite basic as well but I hope to illustrate some of the technology and type of forms that I intent to use in the future for other lighting pieces.
The first design has a dome base made out of terracotta with a magnetic levitation device inside which levitate the cone of glass above. A LED in the beam focuses a beam of light into the glass which diffuses the light outward. The 2nd design looks a planets and uses surface patternation to create a surface texture similar to the surface of a planet. It has a single light strip through the middle and the combination of spheres change the brightness of the light.
The 3rd design build on a standard table lamp, but has a balanced base which allows the lamp to swing back and forth when it is touched to turn it on or off. The 4th design compromises of 2 faceted cones opposing each other, each face has a different level of opacity to allow the light through at different brightness’s.
The 5th is two bronze rings and a small bronze base with a single OLED semi transparent lighting strip through the center. The strip will be transparent when turned off and the light with then appear as the light is turned on, between the two rings. The final design is two domes opposing each other, balancing on each other, connect through the use of magnets. The lap is lit by a circular OLED light source which has not glare so the light can point anywhere and can be adjusted by simply moving the top dome around.