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

Please excuse the radio silence yesterday, I had to buckle down hard and put out another few dozen resumes and applications for some work!  Speaking of…  anyone in the market for a lighting designer and industry expert with 15 years of production design experience and 7 years of market writing and communications?  I’m your guy!  Email me!

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

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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!

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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.

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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 – COSMO, from Delightfull Designs

It’s like Sputnik meets the American 1950’s meets boutique hotel in-room chandeliers!

Today’s Daily Lamp is a piece from design firm Delightfull in Portugal — it’s shiny, it’s pendant-y, and it’s got its own flare. Check out COSMO:

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From the Delightfull website on COSMO:

Inspired by the space with all its galaxies and planets, we are proud to present Cosmo. A dynamic piece full of energy and versatility, since all its spheres can rotate within 2 axis which enable it to cast light into any spot. Composed by 11 illuminating spheres of different sizes, the majestic lighting piece is made in aluminum and a brass body structure.

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The Daily Lamp – Flip LED W, from Bernd Utrecht

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A beautiful design from experienced luminaire artist Bernd Utrecht, the Flip LED W is a rotating-in-place LED luminaire that can be installed on walls, ceilings, or really anywhere else that its form factor meets in your vivid imaginations!

From the Bernd Utrecht website on Flip LED W (translated from German, sorry):

What this lamp so special is his Leuchtarm which is milled completely from aluminum plate and contains both a replaceable LED and two strong magnets. So that the arm remains with the magnets on the circular plate, the plate made ​​of iron (ferromagnetic property). By means of the magnet can be adjusted many playful positions and lighting scenarios. Whether as a light for the hallway or as a reading lamp by the bed, the wall light flip-LED provides enough bright, ambient light, to replace a 50-watt halogen bulb and with a power consumption of only 6.5 watts (~ 500 lumens) . The lifetime of the LEDs used here is ~ 50,000 hours.

A quick video of Flip LED W from Bernd Utrecht:

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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.

DSLR Lamp, Paparazzi Edition

For a mere $684 buckarooni, you can have one of these DSLR lamps from Spain.  Etsy user Mónoculo Design Studio offers these for really dedicated DSLR fans, photo and camera junkies, and retired papparazzi shooters.  Or, anyone who wants to have a big DSLR lamp hanging in one of their rooms.

Wow though, $684 bucks.  I always wonder why “decorative” or “fine art” lighting fixtures are so expensive.  Ah, whatever — if you want something, you’re going to do what you must to get it.

It is pretty neat, check it out.  From the Etsy page:

DSRL Paparazzi lamp, Reflex lens Lamp, Hanging lamp

Mónoculo Design Studio presents this original lamp which is a replica of a reflex camera lens. Carefully handmade with high quality materials and fine terminations, the lens hood can be reverse mounted or removed. The lamp is made of white cedar wood and has a water-based varnish and beeswax finish on it Additionally, its design is 100% eco-friendly. On the top it has a ceiling frame with a stainless steel cable and a red wrapped power cord.

It would make a fantastic gift who anyone in your life who loves photography or it would serve as a memorable touch to any room’s decor. While the inspiration for this hanging light may seem unusual, the finished product is outstanding.

Dimensions: 37cms high (without lens hood) 49,5cms high (with de lens hood) x 30cms diameter

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BEAUTIFUL Lamp from Giopato & Coombes – Bird On A Wire

There is something about this lamp that just leapt off the page at me when I first saw it – classic, beautiful, nice form, it’s like a moment frozen in ceramic cartoon time.  Check this out, it’s called Bird On A Wire, and it’s from design firm Giopato and Coombes:

GAH!  I just think this is such an awesome piece.  From the Giopato and Coombes website on Bird On A Wire:

Client:  Autoproduzione per la mostra Hidden Heroes 

Brief:  Recycle figurines retrieved from the tradition of ceramic bowls from Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

Concepts:  Playing with a normally very serious archetype, the linear lamp. Freezing a moment of intersection between nature and man-made. 

Path:  An instantaneous idea (and solution).This object represents the initial idea, a linear lamp electrified, a resting place for the birds on top, as isusually seen on electricity distributionlines.

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!

Bop Lamp – Like A Wobbly Kid’s Punching Bag Light

Remember those inflatable punching bag things from when you were a kid?  I had one with a scary clown face on it, which makes me wonder if that’s why I am totally fight-or-flight when it comes to clowns.  Meet the Bop Lamp – a luminaire that reminds me a lot of one of those things:

It’s a lamp that will apparently right itself when it’s touched – the lamp and ballast live in the bottom of the fixture, and it playfully rocks from side to side when it’s “bopped.”  Thank goodness there’s no clowns on it.

Check out Baita Design’s website – the creator of the Bop Lamp.  Interesting wares there!

Thanks, Design Blog!

A Mac Recycled Into A Luminaire – iLamp?

I saw the original article on Make Mag for this project, but there are few details on the actual workup of this project on the originating website.  HardMac Forums user linathael took an old iMac G4 (the “sunflower,” or “Luxo”) and with a bit of creativity, recycled it into a really fun Mac-branded luminaire!  Check out the original forum post here.

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Thanks, Make!

Roll An Extension Cable into A Lamp: Creighton Berman’s Coil Lamp

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Creighton Berman’s Coil Lamp is a new release from the designer – imagine a small two-piece rig of clear acrylic material that you wrap an extension cable around, creating a luminaire reminiscent of a shade lamp.  Slap a lamp in the middle, and there you go.  Done.  From Creighton’s product page on the Coil Lamp:

Coil Lamp reduces the domestic lamp to the absolute minimum of defining elements. A single electrical cord coils around what appears to be an empty volume, defining the iconic form of a table lamp and ultimately powering a single light bulb.

The entire form is created exclusively from a single 100 foot extension cord that has been wrapped around a laser-cut clear plexiglass form. This simple transformation elevates the status of the humble, everyday extension cord to the realm of high design.

Originally created for “Deceptive Design”, an exhibition of conceptual furniture shown at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 2008 – January 2009.

For $150, you can get a hand-coiled version of this fixture, or for $75 you can roll your own, per se.  Just be forewarned, you have to provide your own 100′ extension cable (that’s 30.48 meters for all you metric readers).

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Thanks, TechnaBob!