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The Daily Lamp – The Boob Lamp by Francesco Bonifazi

Today’s Daily Lamp comes from industrial and furniture designer Francesco Bonifazi — and perhaps creatively called…  The Boob Lamp:

boob-lamp-francesco-bonifazi-6Is it breast-like?  Is it a rarefaction of creativity?  Only Francesco knows.

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boob-lamp-francesco-bonifazi-5What do you think?  I’ve seen weirder Boob Lamps, quite frankly, that are definitely more boob-shaped than this.  But when talking about Boob Lamps, can one really be that specific?  I’ve seen weirder:

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Check out Francesco Bonifazi’s body of work on Behance, and the initial Boob Lamp product page.  He’s got some awesome work!

 

 

Vintage Power and Light: The Coolest Thing to Happen to Tungsten Since Edison!

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If you’ve been to an architectural lighting, entertainment lighting, or decorative lighting trade show lately, you should notice an interesting trend:  the lack of attention to incandescent light sources.  The light emitting diode has overtaken the world, and like myself, I miss the days of the warm tungsten filament in a room, bathing everything in its reach with a wider spectrum of color than its LED counterparts.  Tungsten filaments, at least decoratively, have become the fine wine of our lighting generation – only those with the intelligence and artistic knowledge in using tungsten and other incandescent sources have continued to do so.  The rest of the world is convinced, at the behest of excellent marketing and often regardless of price, that LED illumination is not only the way of the future but also today’s only way to appropriately design lighting.

It’s a fact that in many applications, including modern high bay methodologies and architectural applications, LED light sources are winning hearts and minds over their higher-energy-consuming incandescent cousins.  Sooner than later we’re going to see higher output automated fixtures giving their HID counterparts a run for their money, too.  ETC’s LED Source Four ellipsoidal, Chauvet’s Ovation LED ellipsoidal, Altman Lighting’s ME3 ellipsoidal, and Robert Juliat’s Tibo and Zep LED profiles have taken the market by storm – and have begun pushing back on the use of tungsten-halogen sources, arc sources, and even halogen sources!

On the whole, energy costs when dealing with a large facility or venue are where LED and non-incandescent sources make a monster difference in energy costs.  But what about where energy costs are negligible, like in your home?  If saving comparatively a few dollars here and there in your home is less important than the feeling and artistic appreciation that something like an incandescent lamp brings to you, can you put a price on your happiness?  I’ve owned many a compact fluorescent lamp-based fixture in my home, and frankly I replace every single CFL with its halogen or incandescent counterpart.  It’s my decision, and I do what makes my eyes and my brain happy.

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On that thought, I introduce to you the work of Vintage Power and Light out of Austin, Texas – creator Lowell Fowler (of High End Systems fame) has started a new hobby art venture based on utilizing the beauty and intrigue of vintage lighting and electrical equipment tied with the warm glow of incandescent sources.  Even better than just the sexiness of a glowing filament structure, Vintage Power and Light takes the beauty of an Edison filament wrap source and melds it to gorgeous finished old-world wood components, then adds stunning copper and brass connections and controls.  My favorite parts of Vintage Power and Light’s work are their use of Consolidated Design glass insulators – there is nothing quite like a multi-petticoat glass insulator on a fixture with an artistic incandescent filament turning that glass into a mystical piece of glowing jewelry.  GAH!  This stuff is amazing!!!

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Lowell and York Fowler have put an interesting new spin on the idea of Steampunk-esque design by bringing old-world components and combining them with early 20th century incandescence.  The result is a stunning and refreshing take on using incandescence as not only an artistic statement, but a comfortable, familiar, and heartwarming addition to your house, office, or anywhere else that LEDs just don’t cut it.

Check out a series of gallery images below, click on any image for a light box of that gallery for your perusal!
Just make sure that you give credit where credit is due, and all of these photos are courtesy of Vintage Power and Light with photography by Tim Grivas.

First things first, Vintage Power and Light’s Table Lamps:

Vintage Power and Light’s Chandelier and Pendant series:

Got a Steampunk jones?  Vintage Power and Light does that too!

Last but not least, a gorgeous offering of sconces for your collection:

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JimOnLight says HELL YES to Vintage Power and LightAwesome offerings, guys!  We hope that the whole world sees your work and loves it as much as we do!

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The Daily Lamp – A Special Treat, The Fuck You Lamp from Andrea Maestri

Today’s Daily Lamp goes out there to all of the negativity and poo-poo in the world – and I introduce the lamp stylings of Ms. Andrea Maestri to kick it off for us here at JimOnLight.com.

Andrea?

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Yeah!  Andrea’s Fuck You! lamp is “price available on request,” so there’s another middle finger right up there!  From the Andrea Maestri website on the Fuck You! Lamp:

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Aluminium, leather, studs, polycarbonate, plexiglass
Ø20 x 56H cm (Ø7.8″ x 22″H)
2011

That’s all she wrote, folks!  Andrea, we here at JOL – LOVE IT!

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Thanks Designboom, and Refinery 29, and Incredible Things!

Allison Patrick’s Awesome Artichoke Pendants

Have you seen these amazing lamps?!  A designer that has her stuff on Etsy, Allison Patrick of the 3R’s Blog (Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate – 30 projects in 30 weeks) has created some pretty cool pendant shades that are pretty representative of the beautiful shape of the artichoke.  But – the shade is made of recycled pages from books and magazines!  Allison’s lamps are very cool, they remind me of the decoupage projects my mom would do with us as a kid.  Just recently she got featured on Fab.com, and that has pushed her work sky high!

Allison’s got a pretty awesome story with her luminaire design business (which is called Zipper 8 Design, by the way) – she graduated with her Masters, and like many people, she found herself with lots of time and no job.  So, she did what we do when we want to change things – she busted her ass making a bunch of really great lamps!

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Allison, JimOnLight.com thinks your works are awesome.

Thanks Inhabitat for the original article!

Krstyna Pojerova’s Glass Greenhouse Lamp

This lamp design project is quite an interesting mix of two things we really need – illumination (in the form of a pendant lamp), and perhaps a miniature herb garden…  ABOVE THE KITCHEN TABLE!

Check out designer Krstyna Pojerova‘s Glass Greenhouse Lamp – and a bit about the lamp from Krstyna’s “web gallery” as she calls it:

The Glasshouse is a designer lamp which aims to satisfy the desire for fresh herbs in a city kitchen.  Its shape was inspired by growth of plants.  The herbs are planted inside the glass lamp along its wall in a kind of gutter around a central opening.  This opening not only facilitates easy access to the herbs and the passage of light from an electric bulb hanging up in the lamp but it also ensures adequate ventilation enhancing natural microclimate.  All this is basically about making use of the otherwise useless waste heat of the bulb. You can easily regulate the bulb with a dimmer placed over the lamp.

Krstyna is a student at AAAD in Prague – and she has some interesting projects in her repertoire!  Like this one, for example:

Krstyna, I dig the way you think!

Thanks, DesignBoom!

Arik Levy’s WellOfLife Series

Do you all know Arik Levy?  He does a lot of really beautiful, creative work with light.  Like this stuff, screen grabbed from Arik Levy’s website:

Arik Levy has come out with a new series, called WellOfLife.  Arik said, about the project:  “In many traditions and in everyday life Light is Life…. I wanted to combine this idea with the story of catching the light in a water bucket, from which I got the inspiration for the Well.”

Check out the collection:

 Thanks, Design Milk!

Nosigner’s Moon Light

This is an interestingly simple design that has really piqued some curiosity in my head.  There is a very small movement into smaller scaled, lower output personal lighting fixtures popping their way onto the market – you’ve seen them, things like OXO’s Candela series, little sources that have a nice glow.  Ikea has some, but I’ve found that the solar cells that charge them aren’t worth crap.  Sorry Ikea, it’s true, your solar collections and storage systems suck.

Meet Nosigner’s Moon Light – it’s a small (cantaloupe sized) glowing source modeled after our moon, hence the name, smart alecs:

Nosigner is the firm of MoonLight designer Eisuke Tachikawa – the Moon Light is an LED sourced fixture that accurately recreates the topography of our moon, and was inspired by the recent earthquake (and resulting tsunami) that destroyed part of Japan.  The little fixture is amazingly pretty – when it is illuminated, it is like holding a small moon in your hands.  Well, maybe Paul Bunyan’s hands, but you get the idea.

Check out these images of Nosigner’s Moon Light, and check out Nosigner’s website – there is a LOT of flash on there, just FYI.  It certainly is pretty though.

Thanks, DesignBoom!

 

Steffi Min’s PEG – This is AWESOME and Simple and AWESOME.

Holy crap.  Have you seen Steffi Min‘s PEG lamp?  Well, to be fair it’s more of a socket than it is a lamp – it’s like taking the idea of a light socket, revolutionizing it, and then taking that simple idea and combining it with something we all can recognize.  Steffi’s PEG fixture is the idea of a clamped socket around a light source – using the clothes pin design as the base.  The video is super quick, 30 seconds, but you have to see this.

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Steffi, I want to buy you a beer.  Or maybe a bourbon.  Perhaps I can buy you a scotch as well?

Also, people – go check out Steffi Min’s design website – she’s an industrial designer, and she has talent.  Way cool.

Willem van der Sluis – Dutch Designer

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At the beginning of this month when we were participating in the “Lighting Machine” project and seminar, our class had the absolute pleasure of spending time learning from Willem van der Sluis – a product designer from Amsterdam.  Willem’s work extends into many product categories, from mobile phones to luminaires, to social structures.  Willem is a very gifted, talented designer – I feel we all learned a lot from his work with us during the weeklong seminar.

Willem’s design firm, Customr, is based in Amsterdam, and has an excellent repertoire of work.  Two of Willem’s most recent accomplishments are the Aircon luminaire that was produced by Luceplan (images below), and the SportDome, a project that Willem and his team created for the Dutch Department of Justice.  I have included some images and some video of Willem’s SportDome from Dutch Profiles, a design site that featured Willem recently.

The SportDomes project is an interesting project – they are essentially an exercise area for illegal aliens being held by the Dutch government.  When Willem lectured about this project in our class, he said that at first he wasn’t interested in designing anything for a jail, which frankly is completely understandable.  To design a structure that could give people being held against their will some form of pleasure in their confined day seems like a project for the cold hearted – but Willem created a structure that not only allows the inmates to play a little sports, but shields them from being scrutinized by outsiders.  The magical aspect of this dome is that at night, when it is illuminated, it is a diamond – a piece of beauty inside the terrible concept of criminality and imprisonment.

I hope you enjoy Willem’s work – it was a pleasure to get to know him a little, and to spend time learning what he had to teach.

Willem is also up for a Rotterdam Design Prize in 2009 – the winner is announced in late November.  Good luck Willem!  I voted for him, and you should too! (wink, wink)

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The Aircon luminaire from Willem van der Sluis and Luceplan:

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Make sure to check out Willem’s firm, Customr.