The Daily Lamp – Pilu Lamp from Leoni Werle

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Finally, a lamp that incorporates the idea of balance into a design!  In this case, it’s the lamp itself that does the balancing!

German maker Leoni Werle created the Pilu Lamp on exactly that premise. From Leoni’s blog on the Pilu Lamp:

The shape of the base allows Pilu to switch between two different positions, like a seesaw. the lampshade and the base are connected by a one directional hinge, which moves according to the angle of the base. The hinge allows the light to be directed downwards, even when the lamp is in the angled position.

The Pilu Lamp comes in a floor lamp and a table lamp form factor; I’d love to get a detail of those hinge devices inside of the lamp!  Something tells me it’s only a rocker, but I’ll reserve judgement until I see the lamp in person!

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Thanks, Tuvie!

The Daily Lamp – Copper Lamp 10kg is Not Only Heavy, It’s An Investment!

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Tobias Sieber and Samuel Treindl want you to know this about Copper Lamp 10kg:

The copper lamp is a speculative object of investment. Over time, its value will increase proportionally to the price of copper. The lamp not only represents a safe investment for its owner, it also fulfills the function of being an object of every day use. The collection of a well-tried material in combination with an economic thinking results in a unique product concept. Where does the added value of a design object come from and is the client ready to invest?

For those of you who don’t speak Metric, that’s 22 pounds of copper lamp.  At least you’ll never tip it over trying to turn it on after a night full of Shiner Bocks!

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The Daily Lamp: The Little Bunny Foo-Foo Lamp, Lighting Up the Forest from SuckUK

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Albeit a bit late in the day for the Daily Lamp, this day’s specimen is an absolutely gag-me-with-a-spoon adorable lamp that takes the bunny (you know, the good ol’ bunny) and adds the element of what some of my touring friends call The Backwards Rudolph.  I guess you’ll have to ask my good pal Kevin Parsley about that…  (I MISS YOU KP!  CALL ME!)

The Bunny Light, from awesome makers SuckUK, is a bunny with a Rudolph tail — the product’s designer is Aaron Norman.  That means the rabbit’s butt lights up.  It’s adorable.  it’s also sixty pounds!  If you’re doing the conversion from UK Pounds to American Dollars, it’s about $17,223 for this lamp.  Or, if you subtract the comedy subroutine, it’s about $100 USD.  Still, it’s freaking adorable enough that I would keep one right on the entrance to the loo!  I like it!

You want a Bunny Light?  Get yours here!

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From the makers:

Porcelain white rabbit with a light-up tail
Super adorable bunny with a light-bulb where his fluffy tail should be. We don’t have to explain any more than that, he’s irresistible, and a little surreal. Face in different directions to adjust the amount of light directed into a dark room. The light stays cool to the touch and is made up of energy efficient LEDs. Powered via USB, so it will work with your existing phone or camera charger plug. We also include a UK mains USB adaptor in the box.
Design by Aaron Norman

The Daily Lamp – Grotesk and Case Studyos Joint Project, 6FT 6IN – A Sneaker Lamp!

Today’s Daily Lamp is a pretty cool conglomeration of sports culture and hip-hop design.  Meet the 6FT 6IN lamp:

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In the birthing process of the 6FT 6IN lamp, which is an awesome little pair of sneakers and stick legs going to the shade, there was this as a teaser:

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Case Studyos and Swiss born NYC artist Grotesk (aka Kimou Meyer) have created a new designer lamp, numbered and signed by the artist, that comes in a cool wooden box containing the lamp:

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Cool!

Thanks Hyper Beast and Selectism!

The Daily Lamp – Naica, Reminiscing On Carbide Lamps and Caverns, from @SomethingBureau

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Today’s Daily Lamp offering is something pretty cool from Something.

Seriously. The design firm is called Something. Two designer pals, Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, created an industrial design firm that seems to be doing pretty well. Today’s Daily Lamp is certainly something I would own, fo sho!

Naica is the name of a northern Mexican city, pretty famous for its crystal mine.  Have you ever seen images of the mammoth crystal formations in Mexico?

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Yeah.  It’s that one.

From the product page for Naica at Something:

Reminding a bit on a cavern itself, these lamps are inspired by carbide lanterns from the past, originally used by miners.  The light is diffused by reflection, creating a gently faded glow on the inner surface of the ceramics.
The cable covered with fabric doubles as a handle to easily move the lamp from one spot to another.  The lamp is available either in white or with a red coloured cavity.

This is a really stunning lamp. I would love to see this sitting in my bedroom right now!

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For contrast, the lamp makers mention its inspiration draws from carbide lamps from the mining days.  Have you seen one of these?

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I had to know more about this crazy cave at Naica.  This thing has crystals of Selenite that are 4 feet wide in some places.  That boggles my mind!  I found this crazy video of a team going into the cave — for some reason they’re all packed up with ice.  I’ve seen several videos now that have people trapsing through the Naica caves, but none with the kind of protection this crew has.

The Daily Lamp – Daikanyama Pendant Lamps from Thomas Bernstrand

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If you’ve ever seen anything else that Thomas Bernstrand has made, you’d notice the following passage from his website – a quote about Thomas Bernstrand by journalist Mark Isitt:

“Thomas Bernstrand’s objects are not meant to be placed on a pedestal. They are meant to be used. Yet not in the customary manner: not as one usually uses furniture and lamps and flowerpots and coat hangers and notice boards and towel hangers and ladders and everything else he has designed. But more… intensively… You should be able to swing from Thomas’ things. Dance on them. Dismantle them. Cause they can take it. They are made to use. All designers, of course, say they would never design something simply for the sake of design. But Thomas isn’t just talk. When he comes to work in the morning, unlocking the buckled iron door of his white-painted studio – what was once a bakery –and puts his feet up on the window table and looks out at the neighbouring pool hall, tattoo studio and Asia travel agent, his thoughts are not, “What should I design today? Should I design a chair?” But instead, “Should I design something to work in, relax in, bounce in or whatever?” He thinks in terms of verbs, rather than nouns. In actions, rather than typologies.

Meet the Daikanyama pendant lamp, displayed at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair:

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From the product page at Thomas’ website:

The Tokyo district of the same name inspired DAIKANYAMA; the pendant and cables create spatiality on a pleasant scale for both large and small areas. In zigzag, stricter or even slightly chaotic configurations between walls, ceilings and poles, with the electric cable running along the wire from one to the next. There are endless possibilities for this playful pendant with painted aluminium in standard colours: white, black, red, yellow and orange.Diameter 420 mm, height 300 mm. LED or 18W compact fluorescent.

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I love how utilitarian these lamps are, but at the same time have a grace and civility that brings forth the real shape of the design.  It’s a true form and function piece, I quite like it!  These pieces were manufactured by Bla Station – and obviously debuted at the Fair:

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All images from Thomas Bernstrand’s website, all rights are his.

The Daily Lamp – A CHOCOLATE LAMP!!!

That’s right, JimOnLight readers — it’s a CHOCOLATE LAMP for today’s Daily Lamp! My guess is that you should obviously not eat the glass source inside, nor the cabling or base because they are made from unchewable glass and copper wire, but as far as the “fixture” goes, I’m going to put quotes “all over the place” so that my mind can get off of how badly I want to taste this “fixture.”  I once dated a dance LD whom with I used to joke with about making color filters from beef jerky and bologna, but this is just awesome.

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Meet the Lumiere au Chocolat, from Swedish designer Alexander Lervik:

Lumière au Chocolat from Alexander Lervik on Vimeo.

From the video page:

The Poetry of Light chocolate lamp, unlike other lamps, is completely dark when you first turn it on, mimicking light spreading along the horizon at sunrise. The heat from the lamp causes the chocolate to begin melting, and it takes several minutes for the first rays of light to penetrate. Holes soon form and as the light grows the chocolate melts. The material and structure of the lamp are the result of pure curiosity. Alexander Lervik wanted to explore the possibility of creating a contrast to light, i.e. dark. The shape of the lamp has been devised based on extensive testing involving the melting process.

“The lamp was initially cube-shaped, but once we determined how chocolate melts together we modified the shape to resemble a cut-off pyramid,” says Alexander.

After roughly 15 minutes the chocolate has melted down and then solidifies into chunks.

“I find it poetic, with complete darkness at first and then a tiny ray of light penetrates the dark chocolate,” says Alexander.

Poetry of Light forms part of the Lervik 100 range and will be unveiled on 4 February 2013, 6pm-10pm at Galleri Kleerup Jacobs torg 3.

Art Direction by LOD
Photography by Erik Ericsson
Sound Design by Joel Hesselgren

Really my only question is this — so I pay a hundred bucks for this lamp to use it once?  Can I at least buy new chocolate to have my friends over to make a mess with?!

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Alexander’s design for the Chocolate Lamp was at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair in Sweden, and it’s made by a company called Saas Instruments.

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Thanks, DesignBoom!

The Daily Lamp – Hanger by Lumiotec and Naohiko Mitsui

There are always clever designs like this one out there, and it’s certainly pretty neat, right?  For today’s Daily Lamp, meet Hanger, an OLED lamp from Naohiko Mitsui of Triumph Design and Consulting and Lumiotec from Japan:

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It’s a clever design.  I keep saying that.  I noticed that the product has won a Red Dot award for Design in 2012.  From the site:

The reduced shape of the Hanger luminaire is based on the specific technical qualities of OLED illuminants, organic light-emitting diodes that are especially efficient and durable. Due to the ultra-thin and highly compact design of the luminaire, users can hang and use it almost anywhere. With the included circular stand it can also be used as a table lamp in two different positions.

Statement by the jury:

»This is one of the first luminaires to use innovative OLED technology. The vibrant colours and its similarity to a coat hanger turn the luminaire into a real eye-catcher.«

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What do you think?  Jury’s still out for me.

 Thanks, TrendHunter!

The Daily Lamp – Translucent LED Ceramics from Souhougama

It’s a wash basin, it’s a lamp, holy crap it’s both. This series, from designers Masahiro Minami (Renca and Suirin) and Michio Akita (Keishou Circle and Square), is being produced in collaboration by Souhougama – the company who owns the patent on the ceramic light transmitting technology.

These luminous basins are of course lit with LED. I mean, how could anything this cool nowadays NOT be lit with LED?

(Hopefully that came out as sarcastically as I meant it…)

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From the Masahiro Minami website on Renca and Suirin:

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A translucent ceramic washbowl was born by a translucnet ceramic.

The appearance which shows up with light makes you feel it’s godliness of lotus bloom floating on water.

The shape made the best of different thickness for shadow of light has a deep appearance.

The design with a tense and the shadow reflected by a deep sculpture make you feel as if it is a ceramic jewel.

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A translucent ceramic washbowl was born by a translucnet ceramic.

A motif of this design is a spiral of light.

A feature of this design is a line drawn with a single stroke of the brush following an outline of the square and dropping into center.

There is no design that inside of the washbowl is three-dimentional and elaborate design until now.

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This stuff is awesome — from the Souhougama website:

What is SHIGARAKI translucent ceramic?
(china and porcelain of translucency : patent application 2009-256638)

Translucent ceramics was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture where a producing district of ceramics and one of the Japanese six ancient kilns exist. Originally, ceramics don’t allow light to pass through, however, this clay has a special quality which allows light to pass through even if it is thick. SOUHOUGAMA has developed translucent ceramic washbowls for the first time in the world with the translucent ceramics of a patented technology.

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There are 3 features for the ceramic of Shigaraki broadly.

・three times the translucency

Even the thick ceramic transmit light. A thickness of section is 7~8mm.

・good formability

We can mold it with a potter’s wheel, forming by hand and by casting.

It also doesn’t change in large when it’s burnt, so it’s possible to use glaze.

・It’s possible to knead.

The coefficient of thermal expansion and coefficient of contraction are close to a usual china clay when it’s burnt, so it’s possible to knead with a opaque china clay.→It’s possible to express a pattern like stripes and marbles.

We are developing new products to use this clay in Souhougama.

…and we here at JimOnLight.com look forward to seeing what new products come out in the works at Souhougama!

The Daily Lamp – Reading Light from Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar

Today’s Daily Lamp comes from a couple of designers who are “reinventing the reading light.” So, here’s the re-invention of Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar of the Reading Light:

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Murchison and Thakar are ex-Research in Motion (you know, Blackberry?) product designers that are now doing their own thing, called The Federal.  I wish you guys the best of luck, cool stuff!

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Thanks, Style Addict and The Federal!