The Daily Lamp – SLAMP Presents Avia and Aria from Zaha Hadid!

Please excuse the radio silence yesterday, I had to buckle down hard and put out another few dozen resumes and applications for some work!  Speaking of…  anyone in the market for a lighting designer and industry expert with 15 years of production design experience and 7 years of market writing and communications?  I’m your guy!  Email me!

Today’s Daily Lamp is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL – world, meet the Avia and Aria Series for Slamp from Zaha Hadid, a genius of light:

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I can only imagine what Avia or Aria would look like with a clear enveloped large filament lamp inside…  can you image what this beauty would do with that kind of lamp?  You’d have the most gorgeous shadows on everything in that room!

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On Avia and Aria from SLAMP:

Aria by Zaha Hadid

Aria is a lamp designed by Zaha Hadid which combines dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials, creating a sculpture of light and technology that fascinates and enchants observers.

The 50 individual layers of Cristalflex (a techno-polymer patented by Slamp) work together to make Aria seem as if is about to take flight, characterised by complex yet harmonic forms that embrace the light source in a veiled breath.

The large lamp is formed of a central structure capable of flooding the entire room with light, thanks to 6 light sources and a spotlight directed downwards.

With an 90 cm diameter and 130 cm high, Aria enhances any space, rendering it luxurious without losing any of its contemporary style.

The elegant black veiled finish lends a touch of mystery and seduction.

Avia by Zaha Hadid

Avia combines the majesty of great architecture with a lamp for day-to-day use, perfectly integrating large volumes with advanced lighting techniques and technology.

To give shape to such an ambitious project the designer used 52 different layers of Opalflex, a techno-polymer patented by Slamp, creating an effect of fluidity, dynamism and harmony resulting in a perfect architectural form that gently embraces the light source.

Avia captures the gaze of anyone who draws near, offering constantly changing perspectives and reflections, transforming itself from a simple light source into a genuine sculpture to be admired, making any space more suggestive.

The central structure is capable of providing 360 degrees light, thanks to its numerous light sources and a downwards-facing spotlight.

The lamp is available in 4 different sizes, making it capable of adapting to any kind of space: two smaller sizes, ideal for use at home and two larger versions for enhancing large-sized spaces. Two colour tones are available: the uncontaminated purity of total white and the absolute elegance of total black.

Fluid and dynamic, Avia is a miniature piece of architecture, perfect for adding stature to the home. 52 different layers of Opalflex® transform it from a source of light into an object of admiration with soft, amplified tones and reflections. The lamp is available in four sizes: two small and two large.

From DesignBoom, where this lovely beauty of a lamp originated:

presented at euroluce during salone del mobile 2013, ‘aria & avia’ lamps designed by zaha hadid for slamp combine dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials from which they are made, creating illuminated sculptures that fascinate and enchant their observers.  Over 50 individual layers of a techno-polymer medium work together to make the hanging lights seem as if they are about to take flight, characterized by complex yet harmonic forms that embrace their brilliance in a veiled breath.  The large fixtures are formed from a central structure capable of flooding an entire room with 360 degrees of ample illumination, thanks to six lucent sources and a spotlight directed downwards.  The hanging pieces bring together the majesty of great architecture for day-to-day use, perfectly integrating large volumes with advanced lighting techniques and technology.  Available in four different sizes, they are capable of adapting to any kind of interior environment: two smaller sizes, ideal for use at home and two larger versions for enhancing large-sized rooms.

This might be my favorite lamp from the last few weeks.  Zaha, I think you are an amazing designer!

Readers, you have GOT to go check out more of Zaha Hadid’s work – Zaha Hadid Architects is one place, and also check out her vast collection at SLAMP.  Flip through the gallery below, click on any image and it opens up into a blackbox to get the full effect of this amazing design!

From the WTF Files – Ladies and Gentlemen, A DMX-Controlled Fire Machine

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hahahaha – “spray the fire”

I had no idea that something like this existed until I saw it from your buddy and mine, Big Clive.  Clive apparently got one of these from China; it’s powered by an electric spark, an aerosol can (like air freshener), and a spring that basically pushes the aerosol canister into the block that sprays the aerosol gas.  What blows my mind is that it’s DMX controlled.

Holy moly.  DMX controlled fire.  Better hope you didn’t track that through all of your cues in Act One!  From Big Clive’s YouTube channel:

Internal examination and demo of a typical Chinese fireball and flame jet type of effect that I bought purely to take to bits. Note that I used a can of air freshener as the fuel source inside the unit and this is not endorsed in any way by the manufacturer of the unit or indeed the air freshener. :) The official fuel cannisters are probably either butane/propane with or without added flame colourants. I used the can of air freshener because it was a handy can of butane with a dip-tube that goes to the bottom of the can so that a mist of fuel is sprayed from the nozzle. While it would be nice to be able to use standard cans of butane refill gas, they only produce a small blue flame because the amount of gas coming from the jet is much lower than could be achieved with the mist of a dip-tube can. The resultant small flame mixes more thoroughly with the available air producing a low intensity blue flame.

Most standard cans of air freshener are quite tall and may not fit in some units without a hack on the spring loaded base. The one I used was actually too short and I had to use an inverted metal chutney dish to centre it and raise it to a good height. The short stubby aerosol air fresheners used in timed release units are no good because of the single shot dosing valve built into them. Not all air fresheners use combustible propellants. The Puresse range by Ambi Pur make excellent fireballs. Keep in mind that any ingredient in the freshener will be incinerated and may be toxic. But then, they were probably toxic before they got burnt anyway.

Do not use air fresheners in this way and never do anything like this indoors as everyone in the vicinity may die etc….

Check this out:

Thanks a lot for being so awesome, Clive!

The Daily Lamp – A Special Treat, The Fuck You Lamp from Andrea Maestri

Today’s Daily Lamp goes out there to all of the negativity and poo-poo in the world – and I introduce the lamp stylings of Ms. Andrea Maestri to kick it off for us here at JimOnLight.com.

Andrea?

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Yeah!  Andrea’s Fuck You! lamp is “price available on request,” so there’s another middle finger right up there!  From the Andrea Maestri website on the Fuck You! Lamp:

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Aluminium, leather, studs, polycarbonate, plexiglass
Ø20 x 56H cm (Ø7.8″ x 22″H)
2011

That’s all she wrote, folks!  Andrea, we here at JOL – LOVE IT!

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Thanks Designboom, and Refinery 29, and Incredible Things!

The Daily Lamp – The Scariest Shadow Chandelier Ever by Hilden and Diaz

Today’s Daily Lamp is awesome, and comes to you from my pal Lois the Stage Manager and from Tobin at Barbizon — this is the best and creepiest room shadow chandelier that there ever was!  Meet Forms of Nature:

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Oh, this thing is wicked — from artist duo HildenDiaz (made of equal parts Pio Diaz and Thyra Hilden), about the lamp’s design:

The Light sculpture Forms in Nature resembles Darwinist Ernst Haeckel’s drawings . Using a simple action, such as intensifying the brightness at the center of the artwork, the light transforms the space and adds character, as the work throws oversized shadows onto walls and ceilings in the space in which it hangs.   The light sculpture Forms in Nature is partly inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s (1834-1919) detailed plots from nature and is a further development of Hilden & Diaz’ fascination with mirrorings, as they have previously applied in other artworks.

Forms in Nature is a artwork with a light source surrounded by a dense and unruly tree and root system created in minature sculpture. The forest is mirrored around it’s horizontal central axis and forms a circle 360 degrees around the light source and thereby leads one onto the notion of a real world versus an underworld.  Interestingly, the roots are those elements of the forest that are the most visible.  Thereby the sculpture is not only mirrored, but also turned upside down in Hilden & Diaz’ artwork. As the intensity of the light source increases, the room changes and the space slowly becomes more and more fascinating and unheimlich.

The shadows engulfs the room and transforms the walls into unruly shadows of branches, bushes and gnarled trees. Mirrorings are thrown out upon the walls and ceilings and provide weak Rorschach-like hints of faces, life and flow of consciousness. Diming the lights transforms the installation and one senses a weak fire burning deep in the center of the forest.

Good enough for me.  This thing is amazing!

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Thanks, Caoine!

The Daily Lamp – The GreenLight, from TOKEN NYC

Today’s Daily Lamp is the most innovative, creative application for a challenge I’ve seen in a light that incorporates nature as a design element — meet design studio TOKEN in New York City’s answer to the challenge, the GreenLight:

The GreenLight is a prescription product developed for the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic. The light is prescribed for Impatients* interested in changing their relationship to energy systems; improving indoor air-quality and developing experience with closed and coupled systems design–the chief strategies for improved environmental performance.

This lighting product diffuses light by coupling to photosynthetic processes. Planting strategies can be specified to address particular indoor air quality issues including VOC, benzene and formaldehyde removal.
Like other prescription products this product requires a clinic appointment to introduce the design parameters involved, and the novel issues involved in distributed power production.

GreenLight is even cool with a fish inside, which doesn’t really solve any problems, per se, but it might be cool to have a fish up around your face should you find the need to talk to your luminaires.  Sometimes people have long days, that’s all I’m saying.

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Also, check out more of studio TOKEN’s work on Behance, there’s is some great work – and they also do furniture!

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TOKEN also recently did a furniture install at the Koch Theater, check this out:

Thanks, Behance!

The Daily Lamp – It’s Only A Paper Moon!

Really now, all you need is an element, some paper, and a clip.  What happens then is called It’s Only A Paper Moon from London-based designer Kazuhiro Yamanaka.  Like so:

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For the ultra-low-materialists out there, It’s Only A Paper Moon is pretty much nothing but a chunk of paper, a clamp base with a lead, and light source.  And, in case you were wondering, yes you can use your own paper:

The lamp simply consists of only three elements, a wooden peg, a piece of paper and a light bulb. A fan shaped paper can be rolled up to be clipped by the large peg to wrap around the bulb. Any type of paper, different colors, shapes, can be used for showing distinct appearances with different lighting effects. The lamp is carefully designed in order to balance the weight.

For all of you Saturday readers out there, here’s another version on the paper lamp from Kazuhiro, a paper tube with an LED inside, attached to the inside.  Clever?  Simple, that’s for sure!

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Thanks, DesignBoom!

The Daily Lamp – Terrarium Table Lamp, Tickling Your Indoor Growing Kink

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Today’s Daily Lamp is pretty cool — from Etsy for today’s edition, meet the Terrarium Table Lamp from Etsy user Share Studios — who has some impressive Terrarium Table Lamps!  They’re all made to order, which always makes me feel like I have something personal and made for me.  That’s how I feel about it, at least!

This minimalist column table lamp adds a new dimension to the concept of the “lamp”. The lampshade frame perched atop the glass base, is welded from cold rolled steel and covered in handmade paper. The cord snakes out the side, between the shade and the glass, leaving the glass base empty for you to fill with whatever may inspire you.

We have recently made a few changes to our popular Terrarium/Display lamp design. This new version has a lampshade that now hovers an inch above the glass base, with nickle plated hardware and clear rubber coated feet gripping the glass.

The tall handmade paper lampshade accentuates the linear quality of the glass vase, creating a simple, clean, and modern table lamp.

Using it as a terrarium, display case, or just simply for light, this lamp is a unique addition to any living space.

As with most lamps, the design is at it’s best when lit. The tubular light bulb illuminates the unique natural texture of the handmade kozo paper with feather accent, the clear glass base and cloth covered electrical cord snaking out from the side.

The lamp measures 22’’ tall, with its base being 10’’ in diameter. Perfect for a bedside table, shelf, or any space that could use a unique lighting solution.

The beige retro styled cloth covered cord is 6 feet long from the base of the lamp with an inline lamp cord switch to easily turn on/off the lamp. The cord ends with a stylish white plug.

Although carefully crafted with quality lamp parts (many of them UL rated), my Terrarium/Display table lamp is not UL rated.

Tubular 40 Watt lightbulb included.

Plants and terrarium parts not included.

THIS LAMP IS MADE TO ORDER. The handmade paper used on the new lampshade may vary slightly. Please allow up to two weeks for production.

I found some other images of the Terrarium Table Lamp on Share Studios’ Facebook page — worth the visit!

Here’s a version of the Terrarium Table Lamp with a Siamese fighting fish chillaxing inside:

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The Daily Lamp – Splite, or What Happens When Lamps and Photo Frames Get Naked

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Today’s Daily Lamp is an excellent project, and I think that it has the potential to be a great fad item — meet the Splite, which looks like an origami-balsa-photo-transparency thing that really wants to be a bridge, but didn’t quite get there and landed as a Splite:

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Basically, this project, which is being funded on Kickstarter (just not terribly quickly) and needs to reach 20,000 pounds sterling (which on today’s market is $30,060 USD).  From Kickstarter:

Splite is from Rotterdam-based Jvantspijker, whose motto is “Urbanism Architecture Research,” and includes designers Jaakko van ‘t Spijker and Paul van den Bergh:

jvantspijker is a Rotterdam-based, fresh urban and architectural design practice. We are intrigued by diversity in (public) space, integrated sustainable solutions and in understanding and steering the project processes that are invariably the driving force behind projects. Our ultimate goal is to make things.

The jvantspijker business model is set up flexibly, to merge the experience and momentum of large design assignments  with the fresh joie de vivre of an exploring attitude. In this set-up the network is everything. As a result, these is an enormous reservoir of specialist knowledge and consulting specialists is available when necessary.

jvantspijker participates in and is co-founder of CULD, complex urban landscape design. In this joint venture with Juurlink [+] Geluk, we have combined our accumulated experiences to pursue large, complex (international) master planning.

Splite is laser sintered (3D printed) frame on which Jvantspijker attaches a transparency of some sort that the buyer chooses.  Once the buyer has the Splite, if they want to change the photo, they simply order another one.  The system is pretty self-explanatory; I think this is an excellent take on the picture frame, and I hope they get it off the ground!

Splite is being funded on Kickstarter – if you’re interested, help them out – I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

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The Daily Lamp – Hourglass Lamp, Which Needs NO ELECTRICITY, for the People of Moore, OK

Today’s Daily Lamp comes in the aftermath of the horrible tornado tragedy from Moore, Oklahoma — the EF 5 tornado was 1.3 miles wide as it tore through houses, killing at least 24 people, including 9 children.  A very sad time in Oklahoma.

When these kinds of things happen and power goes out, people should be prepared to experience days — if not several days — before they get light and power back after tragedies like these.  That’s why I picked this Daily Lamp to represent today.  Meet Danielle Trofe’s Hourglass Lamp, in both Table and Floor varieties.  From Danielle’s website on Hourglass Lamp:

The Hourglass Floor Lamp is powered by kinetic energy generated from the falling of sand. This off-the-grid lighting solution illuminates interior environments using LEDs. The four foot tall, lean hourglass is suspended and rotates on a hinge so that it can be flipped with ease to extend the life of the light. This creates a user connection and a greater awareness of the value and finite source of light energy.

Dim: 5 W x 6 D x 55 H “

Materials: Handblown Glass, Hand Turned Sustainable Wood, Sand from Recycled Glass, Welded Steel Stand, LED’s

Options: Dark Wood with Black Stand or Light Wood with White Stand

Kinetic energy – this means that YOU DON’T NEED POWER for this fixture to provide light.  If you’re in a place with weather that frequently if not at least infrequently kills power to your home, look into getting something that allows you to have light without having power.

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My thoughts go out to the people of Moore, Oklahoma in this time of terrible tragedy.  Mother Nature always wins.

The Daily Lamp – Flank Light, from Sonja Tonev (Which is AWESOME)

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Today’s Daily Lamp is absolutely excellent; I was pretty excited to look into its background, design, and ideas!  Sonja Tonev, a Serbian designer, has created an atypical lamp form that works in any configuration you can imagine, including hanging it from something.  Or standing it on its side or end.  Or laying it horizontally.

You get the idea.

From Sonja’s Archinect page on Flank Light:

I came up with an idea of lamp’s shape while I was exploring different linear forms. I discovered an applicable form for a multi functional lamp which can primary be used as a floor lamp, but also as a pendant.

The Flank lamp allows consumers to place it on the floor both horizontally or vertically. It is stable in any position because of it’s simple shape. Such shape lets consumers manipulate visual perspectives by changing their view angle of the lamp.

The lamp is made by bending a steel tube at particular angles and by placing two neon lights on the inner side. On the ends of each neon there are special “push” systems placed inside the tube which make it easy to replace the neons. There is a weight inside the tube, located at the curve from which the cable is coming out. This way the stability of the lamp is improved when standing vertically.

Sexy!  I’m a fan of the bi-directionally focused light sources — a true 90+ degree spread!

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