Lazerian’s Paper Folded Light Shades

Liam Hopkins’ Manchester design/maker lab Lazerian has put out a very cool series of paper-folded, laser cut beauties based on the stars in the Summer Triangle – Altair, Deneb, and Vega.  You might know Vega from that crazy movie with Jody Foster and Matthew McConaughey where the guy built the second secret space satellite sender-thing.  Yeah.  Jake Busey blew it up, remember?  All sneaky and angry evil fundamentalist Christian-like?

Ah, Jake.  At least the old guy built another one in the middle of nowhere.

Oh yeah, Lazarian’s lamp shades!  Check these out:

Now do these lamps not look like the little dinoflagellates I posted about back in October 2011?

Naturally occurring forms are so beautiful.  it’s amazing to me that we don’t incorporate more of this kind of design into our lives, simply because we are only human, and nature has shown us so many better ways to do things!

Definitely check out Lazarian’s website, and I hope this provides a great start to your morning!  Happy Monday, everybody!

Thanks, Inhabitat!

The Eureka Light

It looks like Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee weren’t as innovative as I thought – at least first anyway.  Sander Mulder, one of the two designers collaborating on the now defunct Buro Vormkrijgers (the other being Dave Keune, who I will write about later in the week) designed a very similar device – the Eureka Lamp.

From Sander Mulder’s Eureka product page:

Made from a laser cut sheet of aluminum, in combination with a high power led, this clever designed lamp operates on 2 button cells.

This sophisticated promotional gift, introduces the public to the possibilities of the new generation of power led’s; they are small, power efficient and virtually indestructible.

As a design object in traditional postcard format, it can be shipped by regular mail to your family, friends and relations. Made from off-the-shelves parts, combined with a sheet of aluminum in a clever way, it transforms with one single twist into an ambient lighting fixture.

Camping, in a closet, behind Dimmer Beach, or anywhere else you can think to need extra illumination – a great idea by an interesting designer.  I’ll be chronicling more of Sander Mulder and Dave Keune’s design work in the up-and-comings.

Sound of Light Data Sculpture

Information Aesthetics blog posted an article about a custom laser cut diffuser-like sculpture for fluorescent lamps – the cutting is based on a recording and the associated graph of one second of the fluorescent “hum.” Check it out, it’s a beautiful cover for the fixture.