Vintage Power and Light: The Coolest Thing to Happen to Tungsten Since Edison!

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If you’ve been to an architectural lighting, entertainment lighting, or decorative lighting trade show lately, you should notice an interesting trend:  the lack of attention to incandescent light sources.  The light emitting diode has overtaken the world, and like myself, I miss the days of the warm tungsten filament in a room, bathing everything in its reach with a wider spectrum of color than its LED counterparts.  Tungsten filaments, at least decoratively, have become the fine wine of our lighting generation – only those with the intelligence and artistic knowledge in using tungsten and other incandescent sources have continued to do so.  The rest of the world is convinced, at the behest of excellent marketing and often regardless of price, that LED illumination is not only the way of the future but also today’s only way to appropriately design lighting.

It’s a fact that in many applications, including modern high bay methodologies and architectural applications, LED light sources are winning hearts and minds over their higher-energy-consuming incandescent cousins.  Sooner than later we’re going to see higher output automated fixtures giving their HID counterparts a run for their money, too.  ETC’s LED Source Four ellipsoidal, Chauvet’s Ovation LED ellipsoidal, Altman Lighting’s ME3 ellipsoidal, and Robert Juliat’s Tibo and Zep LED profiles have taken the market by storm – and have begun pushing back on the use of tungsten-halogen sources, arc sources, and even halogen sources!

On the whole, energy costs when dealing with a large facility or venue are where LED and non-incandescent sources make a monster difference in energy costs.  But what about where energy costs are negligible, like in your home?  If saving comparatively a few dollars here and there in your home is less important than the feeling and artistic appreciation that something like an incandescent lamp brings to you, can you put a price on your happiness?  I’ve owned many a compact fluorescent lamp-based fixture in my home, and frankly I replace every single CFL with its halogen or incandescent counterpart.  It’s my decision, and I do what makes my eyes and my brain happy.

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On that thought, I introduce to you the work of Vintage Power and Light out of Austin, Texas – creator Lowell Fowler (of High End Systems fame) has started a new hobby art venture based on utilizing the beauty and intrigue of vintage lighting and electrical equipment tied with the warm glow of incandescent sources.  Even better than just the sexiness of a glowing filament structure, Vintage Power and Light takes the beauty of an Edison filament wrap source and melds it to gorgeous finished old-world wood components, then adds stunning copper and brass connections and controls.  My favorite parts of Vintage Power and Light’s work are their use of Consolidated Design glass insulators – there is nothing quite like a multi-petticoat glass insulator on a fixture with an artistic incandescent filament turning that glass into a mystical piece of glowing jewelry.  GAH!  This stuff is amazing!!!

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Lowell and York Fowler have put an interesting new spin on the idea of Steampunk-esque design by bringing old-world components and combining them with early 20th century incandescence.  The result is a stunning and refreshing take on using incandescence as not only an artistic statement, but a comfortable, familiar, and heartwarming addition to your house, office, or anywhere else that LEDs just don’t cut it.

Check out a series of gallery images below, click on any image for a light box of that gallery for your perusal!
Just make sure that you give credit where credit is due, and all of these photos are courtesy of Vintage Power and Light with photography by Tim Grivas.

First things first, Vintage Power and Light’s Table Lamps:

Vintage Power and Light’s Chandelier and Pendant series:

Got a Steampunk jones?  Vintage Power and Light does that too!

Last but not least, a gorgeous offering of sconces for your collection:

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JimOnLight says HELL YES to Vintage Power and LightAwesome offerings, guys!  We hope that the whole world sees your work and loves it as much as we do!

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The Daily Lamp: Rich Brilliant Willing’s Monocle Lamp, Which Keeps an Eye on Everything

I’m hoping I’m not overselling this one, but I think the design is tight.  This is called Monocle, from design firm Rich Brilliant Willing.  It doesn’t look like much, but I think this product is outstanding — that’s why it made the Daily Lamp!

Monocle has two diffusing options — a flat diffuser that (I assume) spreads a little less than the dome diffuser, below:

Flat diffuser:

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Dome diffuser:

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Both Monocle styles are warm white LED, around 2700 Kelvin, and run around $425 USD.  That’s quite a jump up in price from your typical $10 Lowes or Home Depot styled monocle-esque fixtures, isn’t it…

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About the Monocle lamp, from Rich Brilliant Willing:

With one eye on his subject, Monocle provides a strong yet warm beam of LED powered light. This rotating surface mounted fixture has been shaped from milled aluminum, resulting in a smooth and clean product perfect for any space where warm directional light is needed. In order to augment your view, Monocle enjoys placement above your shoulder or head..

Materials

Milled aluminum, braided cord

Specification

LED, warm white
2700K, 95 CRI
100-120V Input 60Hz
13W Power Consumption

Dimensions

5.25″ Dia. x 4″ Depth
133mm Dia x 101mm Depth
I just love this little guy!

 

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Thanks to Rich Brilliant Willing for the greyish images, and DeZeen for the rest!

 

The Daily Lamp: Terrence Seah’s Cloudline Lamp – Sleek, Slim Uplight

Today’s Daily Lamp is a really minimalist but inventive take on uplighting in the home. Meet Terrence Seah’s Cloudline Lamp — a true uplighter with a sleek design and nice lines:

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Cloudline, designed by Terrence Seah for seller Livdin, comes in white and red, and both are $239 bucks.  From the Livdin page on the Cloudline:

Enhance your room with warm diffuse light and set the mood with touch-sensitive dimming. The Cloudline lamp is simple to wall-mount, and takes up no floor space. Pleasing illumination in an equally pleasing package.

FEATURES

  • Bright light equivalent to a 60W incandescent light bulb
  • Energy efficient 13W power consumption
  • Long lasting 20-year lifespan LED bulb
  • Aluminum construction with glossy powder-coated finish
  • Oiled walnut accent
  • Long braided power cord

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Lamp, 21.5″(L) x 2″(W) x 3.25″(H)
  • Dimmer Switch, 5.5″(L) x 1.75″(W) x 0.75″(H)
  • Power Cord, 6′ plug-to-switch, 8′ switch-to-lamp

It sure is beautiful!  Can you imagine five or six of these around a large room?

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 Thanks, Uwofo!

The Daily Lamp: Valentin Loellmann’s DRIFT Lamp, Marrying Boat Hulls and Illumination

Today’s Daily Lamp is a creative design from the top of the ocean — if this was a bottom of the ocean lamp, we’d be calling it the Bismarck Lamp.  From designer Valentin Loellmann, here’s a lamp that takes the idea of a ship hull and flips it upside down — the ship provides refuge right side up, but upside down offers illumination:

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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 – 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 – 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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The Daily Lamp – Fellow Lamp from Yours Design

Today’s Daily Lamp reminds me of something that at any time could just hop out of its inanimate state and start running down the hall at my wife — ladies and gentlemen, the Fellow Lamp from New Zealand studio Yours Design:

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From the pages of Yours Design on the Fellow Lamp:

Fellow Lamp provides any desk or with a sense of personality and companionship. With an undertone of elegance, beautiful hand turned wooden legs are angled to hold a specific posture. An adjustable head completes this piece and provides directional light.

Dimensions: Height 500mm
Materials: American Ash, spun Aluminium, Steel, Fabric Flex cable
Finish: Clear Satin wood lacquer, anodised Matte Black OR powder coat Gloss White

The Yours Design (or YS Collective, as they are now called), is made of three designers:

Y.S Collective is a contemporary design company based in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Founded by Daniel KampJames McNab and Samuel Griffin in 2012, Y.S Collective produces beautiful, innovative furniture and lighting as well as interior design solutions, for both residential and commercial settings.

All Y.S products are meticulously designed in our Tauranga studio and manufactured at different locations around New Zealand, using the combination of skilled labour, from some of the country’s best craftsmen, and modern manufacturing technologies. Our products then return to us for assembly and finishing touches before being sent out to our stockists, or direct to you.

The Y.S design process centres around quality and innovation. Each new project, to design a product or environment, is headed by one of our three designers and developed collaboratively, until it reaches perfection.

“We would describe our first collection as fresh and bold, almost basic, in the fact that the combination of simple forms and contrasting materials is consistent throughout. Exposed fixings and honest structural elements, give a clear insight into the assembly of all of our pieces. There is no design trickery here!” – our designers.

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GAH!  I love this thing — it does seem to be saying “hey hey!  let me light this up for you!”  But just so you know, it’s telling you that to the tune of $695 bucks.

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Thanks to Contemporist and The Design Home!

 

The Daily Lamp – Light Forest, from Ontwerpduo

Today’s Daily Lamp just blows my mind — meet Light Forest from Ontwerpduo, which consists of Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of the Netherlands.

From Tineke and Nathan’s catalogue page for Light Forest (ps, it’s a PDF link):

On the ceiling or on the wall,
Light Forest grows where other lights will not go.
As a climbing plant the system spreads itself through
the space, to give light with its calyxes.
Using obstacles, height differences, beams,
 flat walls and ceilings, the lighting system is installed.
Small and geometrical or large and chaotic.
Custom made for each space.

So Ontwerpduo comes in and does each of these installations to fit the space that they’re going to live within — I call that some excellent design!  Check out this beauty — or at least some examples of it, as each one is customized:

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Something I find kind of awesome — the designers posted their prices online too for this custom install:

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I also adore the text they add in the catalogue that explains the install process:

1.  Ontwerpduo makes a composition of Light Forest directly in the designated space. Together with the customer we discuss possibilities and wishes, and we will make a layout of Light Forest in the space with tape. In this way it will be clear how the lamp will be positioned in the space. After approval this composition will be measured. In the workshop of Ontwerpduo the lamp is made. Then we visit again to place Light Forest permanently onthe wall and/or ceiling.

2. Ontwerpduo receives the customer’s dimensions of the space, possibl y supplemented by photographs.  Based on these measurements and the wishes of the customer we make a visualization of Light Forest. This composition is discussed and may be adjusted.  After approval, the lamp is made in the workshop of Ontwerpduo. Then we come with Light Forest to the space, and we will place the lamp to the wall and/ or ceiling.

3. Starts with the same procedure as No 2. but we don’t place the final lamp ourselves. Light Forest will be shipped with instructions, and the client assembles Light Forest himself in the space.

Lovely, Ontwerpduo.  I am a huge fan of this piece!