Wastberg at the Stockholm Furniture Fair


Swedish lighting company Wastberg has presented a line of new fixtures at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair.  Wastberg brought four new fixtures to the festival – Design Boom had some great images from Wastberg.  Designers Claesson Koivisto Rune,  Ilise Crawford, Michael Young, and Carlo Colombo are credited with these pieces.






OXO’s Candela Series

My wife sent me a link to these really cool (both figuratively and literally) LED pieces from OXO (you know, the company that makes all the great kitchen stuff) – the Candela series.


There are a TON of models in this line – fun, playful, colorful models to sets that can look like tea lights.  OXO also makes a large carryable lantern and several medium-sized models.  From the images I’ve found in articles online, these things have a great glow, decent intensity, and last for around eight hours.  To charge?  You set it on the cradle.  That’s it.

Amazon has some good prices on these – at least they’ve got the best price around.  The 8-set (called the DemiGlow) is $130, the 4-set of DemiGlow is $70, the set of 2 is $40 – and there are several more.  The kids’ sets – called the Tooli – which comes in blue, green, red, and magenta – is $40 for a set of 2.

Now I’ve only to convince my wife we need to get a set of these for “research…”

OXO’s Candela series on Amazon



Thanks, NotCot and OXO!

Sarah Finn’s Wood and Light

Today must be JimONLight.com and Friends day.  My friend Jules sent me a link to the luminaire work of Sarah Finn, a designer that works with intricate laser cuts into wood – making some beautiful works!

Sarah Finn was featured over at Pokono’s blog, where they had this to day about Sarah Finn:

Trained as an architect at the University of Berlin, she now designs a range of “light and living” objects from her offices in a farmhouse near the Alps. She works with cherry, maple, elm, olive and alpine pine to create her range of laser-cut gemoetric, patterned lamps.

Sarah has some work for sale at Hygge Life and in A+R Store.  Check her out.  The price is decent for a nice piece of designer lighting.

WORKS.PLSAB and Cynthia Zahar Do MAKAR

My pal Jules sent me this great link – Interior designer Cynthia Zahar approached the Beirut firm WORKS.PSLAB about developing a lighting concept for the MAKAM Art Gallery – the fixtures are functional art within themselves.  .PSLAB spokesman Ramzi Haddad said, when discussing the concept:

“Our proposal was to develop a custom made projector that was placed on the center line between the I beams on a base-plate that can take a bracket with one or two heads. Some plates work as individual points ready for additional projectors while avoiding overloading the ceiling with pre-fixed ones.”

I wrote an article about PSLAB a little while ago, with their project for DOS Architects.  As I was digging around for this article, I discovered in addition to MoCoLoco‘s article that Yatzer also had an article about PSLAB’s work on this project.  Regarding the interior:

The 4.5m ceiling high is transversally cut by a set of I beams. The entire space is painted white except for the stone arcade that appears twice, mid-way and towards the end. The space reads as one when looking at it from the outside. “Our aim was to preserve that reading while providing the owner with the required flexibility of light depending on the painting exhibited. Our proposal was to develop a custom made projector that was placed on the centerline between the I beams on a base-plate that can take a bracket with one or two heads. Some plates work as individual points ready for additional projectors while avoiding overloading the ceiling with pre-fixed ones.”

Beautiful work, PSLAB!

Peel Off Your Light

Korean designer Sehwan Oh wants you to have control of the way, shape, design, and amount of illumination that comes from your fixture – so he created the Peel Off Lamp.  Peel off your creative shape from the pre-etched laminate, and off you go.

For some reason, this kind of product has a hard time catching on.  What would you do differently?  I can foresee the difficulty in coming up with a design that is so amorphous or nondescript yet flexible enough to please everybody.  You know what they say…

…you can’t please all of them all the time.

thanks, Yanko!

Yatzer is Having a Design Fight!

Yatzer’s Design Blog is having a “design fight” between designers Daniele Trebbi and Sungmin Hong.  The subject?  Light Hooks.  From the website:

1. “ALONE” by Daniele Trebb for Pallucco
Alone, an “illuminated circular outline”, a coat hook that casts an eye at the concept of a wall light. Its clear-cut, linear design is enhanced at the rear by an opal finish ring that fills with white light creating a bright halo focusing on the hanging garment. Alone can be used in various ways – on its own, in a row or randomly scattered – contributing with its light to outlining visual and functional paths, while furnishing and enhancing also the narrowest and dimmest corners on the home.  It is available in two versions:for connection to mains voltage ,with wall on/off switch and fitted with 3 high-efficiency white LEDs or battery-powered with push on/off switch located on the opal finish ring and a battery charger as optional, fitted with 1 high-efficiency white LED .
Materials: opal diffuser and frame in polycarbonate – available in a white, red or black finish.
Size: diameter 118 mm projection from wall 69 mm

2. “Bolt-formed light bulb” by Sungmin Hong
The light bulb itself was showing that it could be utilized as a nail. By changing the form of the part covering the filament into the form of a bolt, the form of the socket was naturally determined. As a bonus, you can hang a picture frame or coat hanger on the bolt-formed light bulb.

What do you think?  Which do you like better?

The Switch Candle

Similar to the concept of blowing on an LED candle to extinguish and “ignite” it, the Switch Candle by Seungyoub Oh.  Switch Candle is an LED luminaire that interprets air moving by its sensor and translate the moving air into a pseudo-flickr, as if the air were moving the flame of the candle around.

Thanks, Yanko!

More Work by Chris Kabel

Almost a month ago I wrote about Chris Kabel’s ‘Sticky Lamps’ and I promised more work by Chris.  I have gotten a few screen captures of Chris’ work on his portfolio site.  In addition to using glass, natural ideas, and novelty, Chris also utilizes gas combustion in some of his fixtures!

Check out Chris’ “Bubbilicious Lamp.”  These are unique formed pieces, each completely separate from others in the line – handblown glass, powder coated metal – nice works.

Chris’s fuel fed fixtures are also beautiful – simple, industrial, and with the exception of burning down your house, an interesting concept!  The blue piece – the chandelier’esque fixture – is called the “Big Blue Flames Chandelier,” and the white one is called “Flame.”  Nice, simple.

Anemone, by Igor Pinikin

I am a huge fan of art that is functional as illumination – which is why I assume I like Igor Pinikin’s “Anemone” so much.  It’s glass, it sits uniformly at any angle on any surface, and has glass balls inside to keep it stabilized.  I have no idea as to the source – I am guessing LED – and I know that it’s not available…  yet.

Thanks, Yanko!

Vespa Headlamp Desklamps, and More!

From a post at Make Mag, I discovered the absolute English translation hilarity that is Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi’s product and portfolio website.  Even though the broken English is enough to keep you yucking for 20 minutes or so, his lamps are fantastic.  He’s taken headlamps and handlebars and turned them into beautiful pieces that would look great on any desk.

In addition to cycle, Vespa, and other two-wheeled forms of locomotion, he dabbles into airplane lamps, Greek mythology-based lamps, and others.  Check out his site:  Lamponi’s Lamps.