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Dima Loginoff’s “Curl My Light” Lamp. Lamp. Lamp?

A while ago (like Christmas 2008) I wrote about Dima Loginoff’s “Curl My Lamp,” supposedly when it was just developed.  I was surfing the Russian Creator’s Blog and discovered a bunch of eye candy shots of Dima’s “Curl My Light” lamp.  So just out of curiosity, does an inch of buttcrack and some highlightedly lit back muscles sell lamps?

Yeah, I just made up the word “highlightedly.”  What of it?

The video is of Dima Loginoff at the Milan Fair.  It is in Russian, which means that only my friend Tatiana from Sweden will be able to understand hi.  HI TA!

Okay.  Eye candy shots:

Wybron Updates The Moire Gobo Library

Wybron has added 1,500 Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to their great Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone.  If you’ve never played with this application, it’s probably one of the cooler apps I have on my phone – the ability to take two gobos and experiment with spin speed and direction is pretty outstanding.  From the press release at Wybron:

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Wybron is pleased to announce the addition of Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to our popular Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone. This increases the number of available gobos by 1,500—to over 5,000 A-size gobos which users can search, browse and experiment with, making Moiré the most comprehensive gobo library app on the market.

Features:

  • Adjust the focus of the gobo to create a blur effect.
  • Spin the gobo in either direction at different speeds.
  • Use the “TwinSpin” (trademarked by GAM) feature to overlap and spin any two gobos, at any speed and in any direction (both gobos spinning in the same direction or each gobo spinning in a different direction).
  • View gobos on a white or black background, simulating the look of the gobo itself or the image it produces on a dark stage, or with a background color taken from our Gel Swatch Library app.
  • Search gobos by name and number
  • Sort gobos by name and number in ascending and descending order
  • Flip a single gobo by swiping horizontally
  • Flip the two gobos in a TwinSpin by swiping horizontally for Gobo A and swiping vertically for Gobo B
  • Maintain a list of 12 most recently viewed gobos
  • Send comments directly to the developer with the feedback button
  • The updated application will be available for download during the week of September 7, 2009. Users who have already purchased Moiré Gobo Library will find that their libraries will update automatically through the Apple App Store.
  • The Moiré Gobo Library runs on the iPhone or iPod touch and can be purchased through Apple’s App Store. Just click on the App Store icon from the main screen of each device, or access the App Store through iTunes.

Thien Nguyen’s Flexy Light

Thien Nguyen, a designer out of UQAM in Montreal, has created the Flexy Light – a fixture that uses folded heavy paper as the shade/diffuser source.  The packaging itself uses a little waste (the label band that runs along the outside), but once that is removed, the shade can be spread open into whatever configuration you’d like to attempt.  The shade itself is just folded, I can’t stress that enough – no inner structure to hold it open, just the strength of the complex folding of the paper material.

An interesting design!  Thien won an award this year for this design – the Young Package Design 2009 Contest in the Czech Republic.  Congratulations, Thien!

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Thanks, DesignBoom!

Moooi Raimond Suspension Light from Raimond Puts

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Nest is selling a fixture from designer Raimond Puts called the Moooi Raimond Suspension Light – a pendant/ball fixture of sorts, the Raimond has three sizes of 92, 162, or 252 LEDs.  Hold on to your pants though, because the Moooi Raimond will run you between £1,076.00 – £2,514.00, which is like $242,554.67 USD.

That joke never gets old to me.

Fixture info from Nest:

Materials & Finishes
Constructed from stainless ‘spring steel’ with additional light source & electronics included. Transparent cord and lenses.

The intricate spheres of Raimond transport the electrical current. The LED terminals then join these paths to create an atmospheric ambiance.

Dimensions
Small Raimond (with 92 LEDs)
Diameter: 430mm

Medium Raimond (with 162 LEDs)
Diameter: 610mm

Large Raimond (with 252 LEDs)
Diameter: 890mm

Cable length: 4 metres

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Ross Lovegrove’s Andromeda

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I love fixtures that use their shape to cast light texture into a room.  Hence, I love this fixture by Ross Lovegrove, called the Andromeda Light.  Ross made this fixture for Yamagiwa, and if you’ve seen the work on Ross’s website, you would see it as another extension of his style.

From Ross Lovegrove, via The Contemporist:

Andromeda is an artificial structure for capturing artificial light.

Emerging from the concept of Netification; the reduction of physical mass through selective perforation across a pre defined form; the concept floats more as a diatomic sea creature in the free ocean of space. It floats in a state of apparent anti gravity, capturing its light within to graphically delineate a structural net as a soft external shadow of itself. The light that is emitted from its LED clusters is reflected back into itself via mirrors orientated to maximise their output and to freely distribute a very pure light. It becomes the source of ambient light within a room, vesting gentle forms like large roots onto adjacent surfaces to form extended relationships onto and into architectural dimensions.

The piece is moulded from a single material as a unified white Botanical, aquatic organism to softly implant a sense of nature into the spaces we inhabit.

Cool.  Nice work, Ross.

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Hideo Kawamura’s On-Off Lamps

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Wow, I really like these lamps – Japanese art director Hideo Kawamura’s On-Off Lamps are pretty awesome pieces of two-faced art, giving one look while off, and another while switched on.

From Hideo’s Coroflot bio:

I am an Art Director working in Tokyo, JAPAN. After graduated from Musahino School of Art & Design, joined Tanaka Noriyuki Activity Inc. in 1992 and I founded a design office, Kawamura Hideo Activity Inc. in 1997. Mainly do graphic & product design. An original product design label Rezon® started from 2006 and the first product lamp shade “ONOFF” won Good Design Award / Product Design Section. Our goal is making everyone’s life better with power of design.

These are really interesting fixtures – I dig em!  Also, check out Hideo’s Coroflot portfolio.

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On The Road: Save Your Hard Earned Money!

Traveling in the lighting industries for many people is a daily, weekly, or monthly necessity – I am away from my wife, beagle, and cat for the next month, only to come home, do laundry, and hop on a plane for another ten-day week away from my family.  You have to pay rent, right?  You have to work.  Now I am saving up to go to Sweden for a year’s study.  Things are tight.  Time to starting working even harder.

I found myself thinking about all of the things that you can do to maximize your journey and travel’s cost effectiveness.  Do you have tips and tricks that you use to keep the dollar amounts down when you’re paying your own expenses?  Post in the comments – I’d be glad to have your suggestions, and share them for the world!

Some things that I try to do when traveling:

  • If you have a friend in the town you’re traveling to, see if you can’t stay with them.  Do something every day to show that you’re a good guest – Take out the trash, walk their dog if you have time, buy some groceries.  Little things are welcome surprises.  It’s also cheaper than 2-3 weeks in a hotel.
  • This seems like a no-brainer especially if your colleagues are the “everyday-out-to-lunch” type, but if you’re in a situation where you might have a refrigerator or a micro-fridge (like those in some hotel rooms), make a point to buy a few groceries.  Sure, local cuisine is great – but if you’re going to your place of residence either at lunch and dinner, or even just for breakfast, why not save yourself lots of dollars?
  • Airport living – remember that most things are more expensive at the airport.  No, you don’t “need” a shotglass that says “Hawaii” on it, and you don’t need to get a tshirt from every airport you step foot inside.  Have a cup of coffee before you leave the house if possible, eat a meal if you haven’t before you get to the airport.  It’s cheaper.
  • Driving in the car?  Take a cooler!  Pack some sammiches and drinks!  Preplan your snacks so that you don’t have to hit your favorite burger chain on the way to your destination.  My favorite in the car snack is beef jerky – neither terribly cost effective or good for me, but I save on average $3 to $4 by buying a sack of it at the grocery store before I realize I need it at the gas station.
  • Remember this:  when you are hungry, you are more prone to making bad choices on food, and you are prone to getting too much food.  I am anyway, that’s a proven fact.  Try to eat a little something here and there, as smaller meals or snacks help fend off hunger.
  • In most situations, ask yourself “would I buy this/eat this at home if I were doing what I am doing today at home?”  I keep that in mind, because I am not rich and have no disposable money.  I’ve never flown first class (don’t get me wrong, I want the extra leg room, dude!), and I’ve never had more than $15,000 in savings.  This doesn’t mean I don’t want to do these things, but right now you aren’t guaranteed the right to act like your budget is bottomless just because you’re working away from home.
  • My wife is my partner, in life and in business.  We discuss 95% of purchases we make together, and I always think, when dealing with money in a situation away from my business partner, if spending the money on myself benefits or hurts the business.  It’s a good way to think about spending, try it!
  • What about touring?  I have a lot of pals who tour shows.  When you’re making money in a situation that calls for giving you next to no time to spend your money and pays for accommodations and food (in many cases), why are you blowing it away?  I heard the phenomenon of spending ridiculous amounts of money on crap you don’t need called “iPod-Itis.”  You buy a new big expensive thing or stupid amounts of a medium priced thing all the time, and blow your paycheck like that.  You work really hard to come out with nothing.  I worked my rear off on traveling shows I’ve been the lighting director – I wanted to see some benefit of my efforts!

My wife and I were watching Dave Ramsey shows on our DVR for a while – his idea of “live like no one else now so you can live like no one else later,” or something along those lines is a smart idea.  Pay off all of your debts and stash a good chunk of money away each month, and if you have no debts, all of the money (minus Uncle Sam’s cut, of course) is all your money.  Now how many lighting iPhone apps can you buy with money that you don’t owe anyone?!

Seriously though, save your money.  You’re going to need to be frugal if you can do it.  If you suck at it, try harder, give it another shot.  Make a budget, stick to it, behave.  You can do it!

Jamy Yang’s Sculpture of Skin

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This is fairly Magritte, isn’t it?  This is Sculptural Skin, a light fixture/sculture piece by Y-Town and Jamy Yang.  The source itself is simple enough, but the shade is of particular attention.  Yang’s shade for the Sculptural Skin is made from thin wood veneer – which might seem like a redundant phrase, but the veneer is translucent and natural colored.  The fixture appears as if Jamy Yang was so extremely talented with a planer that he was able to pull off one continuous strip and wrap it into a very pretty shade.

The base is simple enough – in one model the base consists of what appears to be a flexible conduit of sorts.  A floor model exists, but I was unable to find an image.  What do you think?

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Thanks, iGreenSpot!

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…

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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.

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Check out Propellor Design’s beautiful website.

Luis Eslava’s Bulb Shade

Spanish designer Luis Eslava has come out with a light source that mixes both the lamp itself and the lamp shade – the lamp/fixture can either be set on a table with an edison base attached, or can be hung from an existing edison base.  The piece is made of Pyrex glass and sandblasted; form loves function.

Thanks to Yanko Design!

Also, check out some of Luis’ other works in the dropdown menu on the right of his page.  Tria Lamp is another beautiful project from Luis’ studio.