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

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


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!






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!

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:




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!


Thanks, Caoine!

So Fly(light)

Studio Drift’s Fragile Future has been a favorite of mine since I saw it years ago at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. And they’re still cranking out the awesome!

Flylight is another beautiful design from Studio Drift. Each piece is composed of at least 180 glass tubes, each individually controlled and sensitive to movement. They react to movement according to a programmed DNA. Each movement of Flylight is unique; there are no repeating patterns. Read about what Studio Drift says about the design DNA below:

The glass tubes that light up and respond to the viewer are inspired by the behavior of a flock of birds and the fascinating patterns they seem to make randomly in the air. Actually this behaviour is not as accidental as it looks; birds have to keep a safe distance from each other. What will happen if an intruder interrupts their flight? This is what the viewer will experience when approaching the FLYLIGHT. We converted this bird-behaviour into a digital DNA and translated it into understandable visualizations with light.

Check out a bit of the video below to see how the piece interacts with humans:

What Watt?

Watch this time lapse video:

That mass of incandescent beauty is a spherical chandelier designed and created by Tim Fishlock, a designer out of London.  Tim was asked to create one of these chandeliers for a private commission, but will be making ten total in a series.  This lamp is called What Watt? and is made of 1243 suspended incandescent lamps of various sizes, shapes, and forms.  Beautiful.  What Watt? is almost 40 inches across.  If I had a big industrial building as my design studio with huge ceilings and epic awesomeness, this would be hanging in the lobby.

Thanks, Yatzer!

Torch Chandelier – or Flashlight Chandelier, to the Americans Among Us

We had some funny conversations in Sweden about the word “flashlight.”  You see, when you live in the US, a “flashlight” is the thing that you grab when you need a portable illumination device that can be powered with batteries.  When you live everywhere else in the world, that flashlight is called a torch.

“Hey, where is the flashlight?”
“What the hell is a flashlight?”
“It’s a – it’s a flashlight, dude.  You know, a flashlight.”
“Oh.  You mean a torch.”
“Okay, cool.  So where is that flashlight?”


Check out this version of a hanging luminaire from Anarc of Germany – the Torch Chandelier:


Anarc’s Torch Chandelier is literally a bunch of flashlights (I mean torches) that are wired together, fitted with LED lamps, and – well, no and, that’s pretty much it.  It’s simple, it’s awesome, and best of all, it’s simple.  It’s almost a mockery of the flashlight, isn’t it?

I like mockery.



I highly recommend checking out Anarc’s site – there is a lot of material to see!

SevenUp – Tim Baute’s Chandelier-Esque Fixture

Tim Baute‘s “SevenUp” fixture is a modern fixture with the form and structure of a grand chandelier.  The beauty and function of his fixture is quite striking, as the structure leaves nothing to the imagination.  Yatzer wrote an article about this fixture, and the text that they posted is great.  Yatzer, I hope it’s okay that I reposted this paragraph:

Tim Baute of INTERROR.BE is a Belgian designer and creator of the chandelier “SevenUp.”  Chandeliers have always been very romantic design pieces in every space…but according to Baute they’ve also been extremely massive!  I guess no one can actually disagree!  With this in mind Baute designed a chandelier which would keep the nostalgia, but give it a lighter touch.  In order to get rid of the bulkiness and the grandeur of this object, Baute used the deconstruction method and literally stuck to the essence of the chandelier.  He used the electricity cables as the central structure. When they bundle up, they form the central core that descends from the ceiling. They then branch off into seven arms. At each end they hold five watt light bulbs mounted on fittings. Fine steel cables attached to a light structure lift the arms, giving them the typical form of the classic chandelier as they hang from the ceiling.  The construction of this chandelier is so light that it moves when there is a breeze in the house, thus creating an interesting shadow play.

Check out the SevenUp:



Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto Give Us “Hope”


Sometimes I find something, whether it be a fixture, a light source, a design, or just a person that I find fascinating and wonderful.  I feel that way about my wife, for example.  The Hope Chandelier from Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto gives me that kind of a feeling – the Hope Chandelier has been created using pieces of polycrabonate, very thin, to bring a warped glass effect to the fixture.  Hope is math and optics.  I love it.

hope lens detail



Thanks, Freshome and Moco Loco!

Philips – OLED Chandelier Video

Ron over at OLED-Info posted this video of Philips’ interactive OLED chandelier concept.  Interesting work – I like the interactive nature and the relayed power-up of the panels.

Propellor Design’s Great Chandelier-esque Fixtures

I discovered a company that does some beautiful work with the idea of suspending items together in a big love-fest of glass and color – the Propellor Design Studio in Canada is, from their own lips, “a multi-disciplinary design studio specializing in the custom design of lighting, furniture, and interiors.”  They also do installations, dabble in designing buildings, and are currently in the pursuit of experimenting with public art.

But check out these fixtures…




Propellor’s fixtures make me feel like it’s dripping light; I would love to see one of these in a dark room.  I would assume that the pieces make up a gorgeous collection of varying intensity glass that looks similar to an icicle dripping.  I love your work, Propellor Design.

They also have a series of milled wood fixtures (and other works) that are also quite nice.



Check out Propellor Design’s beautiful website.

Transglobe Modern Collection Firework Chandelier

This is apparently the weekend for lighting fixture and accessories sales.  I try to post anything that has a stupidly cheap price, an artistic feel, or a designer quality.  This one’s from Reliance Lighting, and their stuff is usually pretty – well…

<makes the lots of cash fingers>

It’s nice stuff though!  Don’t get me wrong.

The Transglobe Modern Collection Firework Chandelier

Now come on, that’s pretty artistic!  It’s also $125, which is about $400 cheaper than it’s typically listed.