The Daily Lamp – The GreenLight, from TOKEN NYC

Today’s Daily Lamp is the most innovative, creative application for a challenge I’ve seen in a light that incorporates nature as a design element — meet design studio TOKEN in New York City’s answer to the challenge, the GreenLight:

The GreenLight is a prescription product developed for the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic. The light is prescribed for Impatients* interested in changing their relationship to energy systems; improving indoor air-quality and developing experience with closed and coupled systems design–the chief strategies for improved environmental performance.

This lighting product diffuses light by coupling to photosynthetic processes. Planting strategies can be specified to address particular indoor air quality issues including VOC, benzene and formaldehyde removal.
Like other prescription products this product requires a clinic appointment to introduce the design parameters involved, and the novel issues involved in distributed power production.

GreenLight is even cool with a fish inside, which doesn’t really solve any problems, per se, but it might be cool to have a fish up around your face should you find the need to talk to your luminaires.  Sometimes people have long days, that’s all I’m saying.







Also, check out more of studio TOKEN’s work on Behance, there’s is some great work – and they also do furniture!



TOKEN also recently did a furniture install at the Koch Theater, check this out:

Thanks, Behance!

The Daily Lamp – Grotesk and Case Studyos Joint Project, 6FT 6IN – A Sneaker Lamp!

Today’s Daily Lamp is a pretty cool conglomeration of sports culture and hip-hop design.  Meet the 6FT 6IN lamp:


In the birthing process of the 6FT 6IN lamp, which is an awesome little pair of sneakers and stick legs going to the shade, there was this as a teaser:

6ft 6in from Doubleday & Cartwright on Vimeo.

Case Studyos and Swiss born NYC artist Grotesk (aka Kimou Meyer) have created a new designer lamp, numbered and signed by the artist, that comes in a cool wooden box containing the lamp:




Thanks Hyper Beast and Selectism!

JimOnLight at Night – Check Out this Insane 80’s New York City Video!

Why?  It’s because I’m still awake, that’s why!

A friend sent me this video today – if there was ever a video that was meant for summer festival jamband video screen content, it’s this one.  Watch this in the dark, pay close attention to the colors and shadows this thing is gonna make all over your room!

The videographer/artist is Rick Liss – I couldn’t find a website for Rick’s work, which is apparently through Rick Liss Studios.

This video is a trip.  It’s probably best that you’re not drunk while you watch it, but then again I’m a puker.


Have you all heard about Glowcamp?  20 or so people have written telling me about this event in NYC.  From the Glowcamp website:

GlowCamp is a free one-day intensive exploration of light as an aesthetic material. We’re sharing the ideas and technologies used to work with light, and we’re inviting you to come speak about your expertise, demo your projects, ask questions, and find new people to collaborate with. Whether you’re a light artist, a theatrical or architectural lighting designer, a fixture designer, a maker, or a DIYer, you’re welcome and encouraged to attend.

I’m not gonna say much about this right now until I get more details.  Check out the website, now!

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s “Levels of Nothingness”

Do you remember Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Park installation in Madison Square Park? Rafael is back with some other very cool installation work, having finished it last weekend at the Guggenheim Museum.  The work, called Levels of Nothingness, was an inspirational piece on Kandinsky’s “Yellow Sound” essay from 1912.  From Rhizome:

Levels of Nothingness, which Lozano-Hemmer developed in collaboration with philosopher Brian Massumi, takes its inspiration from Kandinsky’s 1912 essay “Yellow Sound.” The installation generates visuals from phonetic data produced by reading philosophical texts by Kandinsky and others. (At the performance, Isabella Rosselini will kick off the readings, and audience members will be encouraged to continue). Rather than translating one kind of information into another to spell out a neatly servable metaphor—as Lozano-Hemmer did, for example, with Pulse Park, which presented Madison Square Park as a living organism by animating it with lights activated by the heart rates of passers-by—Levels of Nothingness promises to be more meditative and fuzzy, suggesting the connection between thought and feeling, or objectivity and subjectivity that the writers it featured tried to put in words. When visualization is so commonly used as a tool to clear things up, it’s encouraging to see artists using it as a way to hint at the murky and unknowable.

John Huntington sent me his article on Levels of Nothingness – thanks a lot, John!  Please check out his article, too!  The images are from John’s Picasa account:




Ron Arad’s Lolita


Artist Ron Arad created Lolita, the above fixture, back in 2004 – right now it’s sitting at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC for an exhibit called No Discipline of Ron’s work.  The exhibit opens August 2 and runs through the 19th of October.

It’s an interesting work, isn’t it?  Swarovski crystals, LEDs that can either be invisible or display messages.  I would really hope that the fixture could also just light up, as that many crystals and that configuration could really make some interesting looking room lighting.

Thanks, Designboom!

The LightFair Trade Show Starts Tomorrow!


As jealous as I am that I won’t be able to attend this year, the LightFair Trade Show and Conference starts tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5 and runs through Thursday, May 7, 2009.  It promises to be a huge event – and if you’re there, please take some pics for me!

The LightFair event takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC.  Check it out!