The Daily Lamp – Light Forest, from Ontwerpduo

Today’s Daily Lamp just blows my mind — meet Light Forest from Ontwerpduo, which consists of Tineke Beunders and Nathan Wierink of the Netherlands.

From Tineke and Nathan’s catalogue page for Light Forest (ps, it’s a PDF link):

On the ceiling or on the wall,
Light Forest grows where other lights will not go.
As a climbing plant the system spreads itself through
the space, to give light with its calyxes.
Using obstacles, height differences, beams,
 flat walls and ceilings, the lighting system is installed.
Small and geometrical or large and chaotic.
Custom made for each space.

So Ontwerpduo comes in and does each of these installations to fit the space that they’re going to live within — I call that some excellent design!  Check out this beauty — or at least some examples of it, as each one is customized:




Something I find kind of awesome — the designers posted their prices online too for this custom install:


I also adore the text they add in the catalogue that explains the install process:

1.  Ontwerpduo makes a composition of Light Forest directly in the designated space. Together with the customer we discuss possibilities and wishes, and we will make a layout of Light Forest in the space with tape. In this way it will be clear how the lamp will be positioned in the space. After approval this composition will be measured. In the workshop of Ontwerpduo the lamp is made. Then we visit again to place Light Forest permanently onthe wall and/or ceiling.

2. Ontwerpduo receives the customer’s dimensions of the space, possibl y supplemented by photographs.  Based on these measurements and the wishes of the customer we make a visualization of Light Forest. This composition is discussed and may be adjusted.  After approval, the lamp is made in the workshop of Ontwerpduo. Then we come with Light Forest to the space, and we will place the lamp to the wall and/ or ceiling.

3. Starts with the same procedure as No 2. but we don’t place the final lamp ourselves. Light Forest will be shipped with instructions, and the client assembles Light Forest himself in the space.

Lovely, Ontwerpduo.  I am a huge fan of this piece!

The Daily Lamp – SplitLamp, from Predrag Vujanovic


Today’s Daily Lamp is a pretty cool concept lamp called SplitLamp from designer Predrag Vujanovic — this design is really cool to me, as it alleviates the problem of only having one source on your desk.  Often times I find myself needing a second angle to take the shadow or contrast away from something I’m working on, and Predrag’s SplitLamp is quite the design for just that!





Thanks Yanko and Crosby Press!

The Daily Lamp – LogLamp from Jari Nyman and Olli Mustikainen


Talk about minimalist, this must be the week of minimalist brain waves in the designer department!  This is a lamp based on a log in a fireplace; you push down on it to turn it on, it lights up.  Push down on it again, off it goes.

Meet LogLamp, from Finn designers Jari Nyman and Olli Mustikainen:

LogLamp from Jussi Peso on Vimeo.

From the websites of Jari Nyman and Olli Mustikainen:

LOG lamp. Inspiration has come from a burning log in a fireplace. Press the wood block down and it pops up to expose the light. Press it again and it switches the light off.
Materials: various types of wood
Finishing: wood wax



Pretty cool!

The Daily Lamp – Agricola, Made from Completely Recycled Fruit, Vegetable, and Cereal Material

From Studio Atuppertu in Eindhoven, Netherlands comes a lamp that’s going to last you about 8 to 10 years before it completely breaks down into earthen dust.  I think.  Gionatta Gato, who established the studio, has this to say about it — and with hair like Gionata’s, I believe every word that comes from this man’s mouth!


From the website for Agricola:

Can we imagine design products made of materials purchased on the base of their environmental impact and completely dependent on local resources?

Agricola is a series of design products based on criteria of low CO2 emissions and use of available local resources. The products are made of waste coming from the production and consumption of fruit, vegetables, cereals. By using a selection of that medium, treated with different natural bonds (such as LATEX, DAMMAR Gum and Gamboge) it’s possible to produce clean and mouldable materials that would least in time and quality between 8 and 10 years. After this time frame, the product will normally biodegrade and decompose in a composter, becoming nutrient for trees and vegetables. The first collection consists in a series of lights, proposed in different shapes and sizes and it representS a first example of design products that offers clear purchasing ethic parameters to the consumers.

The materials of nature and their perpetual change express in fact the unique value of Agricola. The colors of the fields change every season, offering discarded materials that, once dried, highlight a colour range that goes from the light green to the brown, passing via tones of light and dark yellows. Thus, together with all-seasons materials, it is also possible to investigate “seasonal” colors, completely dependent on the local agricultural waste produced from each period of the year.

Each product refers to the provenience of the specific material, informing also about what it is, when it has been collected and who produced it, communicating itself an artistic function that speaks through a material, a colour and a smell.

This sounds very, very cool — what do you think?  I wonder if Gionata is just sticking random smells in random orders… Would you get the apple-smelling lamp or the celery-smelling lamp?  I for one would hope for the Frosted Flakes lamp!




I quickly mistook this photo for two Wasa breads sitting next to each other!



My favorite part of all of this is seeing the designer’s working drawings…  I carry a Moleskine book with me every freaking place I travel on Earth, and I make brain goo into scribbles in that book.  I love seeing other designers’ brain goo translations!





All of these photos belong to Studio Atuppertu, so be nice and credit them if you cross-post!

The Daily Lamp – Veronika Gombert’s Mothership


A beautiful design from German-born designer Veronika Gombert, Mothership is a lamp like none other, utilizing multiple independently hung light sources (LED, of course) that can be either removed and allowed to hang from the main “ship” of the design, or they can be placed in the bowl of the lamp itself, creating a quiet and romantic atmosphere.

From Veronika’s website on the Mothership:

A suspended LED lamp which can be adapted by hand to different daily life situations. The lamp is constructed to give light for big tables over 1,80m. For the fast breakfast in the morning, the homework after lunch, a banquet or giving the right atmosphere for a dinner for two. It consists of a static fixed lighting bowl, made in Acrylic it’s white to light translucent. The 8 LED light bulbs can be freely moved and fixed with a small hook anywhere at the edge of the lighting bowl. The hook also blocks the cable. By simply lifting the bulb, the cable can be adjusted in hight. There are endless possibilities for lightening.

LED bulbs | Textile cable | Acrylic, translucent and partly painted

These images are very cool, check them out!





The Daily Lamp – Naica, Reminiscing On Carbide Lamps and Caverns, from @SomethingBureau


Today’s Daily Lamp offering is something pretty cool from Something.

Seriously. The design firm is called Something. Two designer pals, Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, created an industrial design firm that seems to be doing pretty well. Today’s Daily Lamp is certainly something I would own, fo sho!

Naica is the name of a northern Mexican city, pretty famous for its crystal mine.  Have you ever seen images of the mammoth crystal formations in Mexico?


Yeah.  It’s that one.

From the product page for Naica at Something:

Reminding a bit on a cavern itself, these lamps are inspired by carbide lanterns from the past, originally used by miners.  The light is diffused by reflection, creating a gently faded glow on the inner surface of the ceramics.
The cable covered with fabric doubles as a handle to easily move the lamp from one spot to another.  The lamp is available either in white or with a red coloured cavity.

This is a really stunning lamp. I would love to see this sitting in my bedroom right now!



For contrast, the lamp makers mention its inspiration draws from carbide lamps from the mining days.  Have you seen one of these?






I had to know more about this crazy cave at Naica.  This thing has crystals of Selenite that are 4 feet wide in some places.  That boggles my mind!  I found this crazy video of a team going into the cave — for some reason they’re all packed up with ice.  I’ve seen several videos now that have people trapsing through the Naica caves, but none with the kind of protection this crew has.

Plank – Pure and Simple, and Bellissima

I just saw this beautiful light from Northern Lighting in Norway — it’s called Plank.  Pretty simple, yeah?  It certainly is, but check out its elegance:

This is just such a stellar, stunning piece to me!  I love the raw, just regular ol’ 1X4 type design, it just says “I’M A LIGHT HEY HEY HEY I’M A LIGHT” and I think that is outstanding.  Something as subtle and brilliantly simple as this deserves a little attention, it’s very hip!  From the Northern Lights website:

Plank is a light fixture made out of pure, raw wood. Plank stems from a reference to the used and abused delivery pallet. Plentiful in function, this thin, long and simplistic pendant, wall and floor lamp series serves well to add directed or guided light to a defined space in a room. It further works well in providing a defined light strip down towards for example a table or a desk area. The dimmable LED light is placed in between the two main wooden planks, adding a high tech value to the object and ensuring sustainability and eco-friendliness in all of its character.

Play with Plank; place them together on a wall in a pattern, put a whole stack on the floor or fill the air with numerous repetitions of these wooden objects! And if you would like to add some colour to it – simply paint the wood!

The lamp series is available with rough cut light coloured poplar wood planks (type “populus adenopoda”) and with a more brown surfaced Kebony SYP (Southern yellow pine) wood from the Norwegian company Kebony as an alternative version. Both wooden materials choices have an unpolished expression with visible marks and traces from the production processes.


Frida Ottemo Fröberg and Marie-Louise Gustafsson, a design duo from Sweden, are the two that have come up with this lovely, very simplistic but outstanding piece of work.  I would certainly have a handful of these in my studio!

Meet the designers:

Frida Ottemo Fröberg (born 1976) has a master’s in interior architecture & furniture design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Frida was first acknowledged at Salone Satellit in Milan 2006. A design reporter described her as ”one of those project hungry young designers who set out along her own course.” After gaining experience from various assignments in cities such as London and New York and numerous exhibitions around the world she set up the design studio Love Twice Design + Architecture in Stockholm, where she is now the owner and manager. Examples of her previous works include the rocking stool “Limpan” for the Swedish design producer Materia.

Marie-Louise Gustafsson (1967) has a master’s degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London. Besides that, she has studied design in Japan and Stockholm. Many of her designs have been exhibited worldwide. One of Marie-Louise’s many previous products that has received broad international attention is the urban bicycle basket Carrie produced by Design House Stockholm. Other assignments of hers include work for well-known players such as Nola, Eurobib and Lammhults Library Design. She currently works as a freelance designer in Stockholm, both with self–initiated projects and commissioned work.

Frieda’s work can be seen at, and Marie-Louise has her work at  Check them out!

Thanks to Northern Lighting, all product photos came from their wonderful website, so please give them some traffic!

Lamps That You Shoot On and Off

My dad would love this.


Also, this:

This is from a company called bitplay, INC from Japan.  About the lamp:

BANG! is a desk lamp with a gun-shaped remote controller. User can fire the “gun” to turn the light off. The light goes out and the lampshade knocks to the side, showing that it’s been hit. To turn it back on, simply shot it again, and the lampshade will raise up slowly and turn the light back on at the same time.

So obviously you know now that it’s called BANG! – I’m guessing.

Boa Design’s Neoline Lamps

I love designs like this, with some sort of exposed elemental aspect – like the Edison reproduction lamps that have made their way around the world as a lamp of embellishment:

Seriously, I have like seven of these.

ANYWAY (apparently I am rambly today), check out these lamps from Boa Design – the series is called Neoline:

They’re quite beautiful forms, aren’t they?  I would put one of these in my place pronto, they are quite illuminating (WAA WAAAAH) in my humble opinion.

I particularly like the one in the middle, that oval form is just stellar!  Check out Boa Design‘s website, and definitely check out any media you can find on the Czech Selection Design Festival, it just closed, literally – last week, I believe!  Boa Design is Petr MikoÅ¡ek and Michaela Vrátníková, two apparent badasses of light.  I like it.


Light Within A Light

There is something about this light that reminds me of a scenic model of something Bauhaus.  No?

Meet “Light Within A Light” by Ryan Harc – Ryan built this luminaire for the imm cologne 2012 show, which is an international furnishings show.  It’s like LDI for art furnishings, which is pretty cool!

Thanks, Daily Tonic!