Huggable Light

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, designer Diana Lin said the concept of d*light Huggable was to “provide companionship to those in need of comfort.”  Literally, a huggable light. Light to the rescue! This pillow is filled with warm white LEDs in bubbles of silicone, which create a diffuse, comforting light which connotes sunlight. The silicone absorbs body heat for extra huggability (that’s a technical term!).

The cushion stays lit for 4 hours off of rechargeable AA batteries before slowly dimming, or all night (or cloudy day–take that seasonal affective disorder) with 5v AC adaptor.

Sounds like a perfect thing to pair with a good book!  Now does anyone know a way light can hug me back?


Vanessa Hordies’ Night Night

I’ve really been digging getting back into researching fixtures, lighting systems, and interesting designs of lighting lately!  It feels good to be able to get back to the initial idea behind – sharing cool information about light.  WHAT A CONCEPT!

Check out this new fixture from designer Vanessa Hordies – it’s called Night Night:

Night Night is an interesting concept for a sleepy-time lamp – when you flip over the lamp itself, a timer for 15 minutes resets itself, giving the user about 15 minutes to fall asleep.  That’s about the perfect amount of time to fall asleep.  WAIT A MINUTE!  THIS MUST BE ON PURPOSE!

(that’s sarcasm.  oh yeah.)

Vanessa Hordies does have a website, but there’s not much there but an info email and a picture of the Night Night.

Thanks DesignBoom!

Filament Lamps – from Scott, Rich, and Victoria

Everybody’s pal (and BIRTHDAY BOY TODAY, November 3, 2010) Aron Altmark sent me a link to these great lamps by design firm Scott, Rich, and Victoria – they’ve taken fluorescent tube stock and turned it into a new recreation of the idea of the old carbon filament lamps from the days of Edison and Swan.

Cool!  Check out these pictures:

My only criticism?  Color temperature.  But they probably weren’t going for that.

I still think these lamps are incredible cool.  No pun intended.

Jonas Wannfors’ Krystall Chandelier

This thing is extremely cool – check out Swedish designer Jonas Wannfor’s Krystall Chandelier:

I love the new-age look of this fixture!  I really want to put a lux meter near it and see what kind of output it has.

It’s essentially a big fiber optic chandelier – the light pump is hidden up inside the aluminum cowling on the top there, and the light refracts through the acrylic rods.  Each rod is heated to create some little facets or fractures to make the rods glow brighter.  Pretty awesome!  Very new age.

I highly recommend checking out Jonas Wannfors’ website, regardless of the fact that there is nothing there.  You can check out another Jonas Wannfors’ project, The Swedes, which is an artistic collaborative he started with Jessica Fryklund and Love Neuschütz.

Krystall Chandelier is a bit way out of my price range, at $1395.00, at Y Lighting.  They are offering free shipping though, there’s that.  Someday I’ll make enough to be able to buy stuff like that!

Anzfer Farms’ Found Wood Fixtures

I have been meaning to put a post up about these interesting fixtures from Anzfer Farms, a design firm from San Francisco.

I have to admit that kitschy, “cute” little fixture designs normally annoy the living hell out of me.  Fixtures you might see at places like Garden Ridge, little vases with light bulbs inside or some stupid looking garden thing with a lamp jammed in it – those things are just ridiculous.  For the most part, I believe that atmosphere can be created by something like that, but to me it just isn’t my thing.

These found wood fixtures are totally my thing, though.  I absolutely love these, and there is just something about them that appeal to me.  The cool thing is that Anzfer Farms is selling them VERY cheap – between 40-50 bucks I think – so jump on these.  If I had extra scratch going on right now, I’d have two!

Check out some pics, and definitely check out the Anzfer Farms’ website!

A little about Anzfer Farms:

Anzfer Farms is a workshop and showroom located in the Central Richmond area of San Francisco. Started by long time friends Jonathan Anzalone and Joseph Ferriso in 2009 as a place to create unique objects and installations. Our backgrounds in the arts encompass a diversity of practices which influence our furniture and object design. Working primarily with reclaimed wood Anzfer Farms seeks to create strong and elegant pieces exploring modern ideas of color and form.

You Got $870 bucks to Spend On A Lamp, Then Trash It?

First, watch this – you’re seeing the Less Lamp, created by Jordi Canudas:

The Museum of Modern Art website is selling this lamp for $875 USD – only $787.50 if you’re a MoMA member – as a piece of light art.  It’s an interesting statement of art, right?  But mostly I just want to meet someone who has a grand to spend on “light art” like the lamp by Jordi Canudas.  I am all about light, art, and light art, but I just don’t have that much cash to “invest” on something like that right now!

Jordi, don’t take offense – I’m writing about it, aren’t I?

Check out Jordi Canudas’ portfolio site too – he’s got interesting wares there!

It even comes with the hammer so you can destroy it.

Philips LivingColors, V2.0 – LED Love for the Home

I wrote about the Philips LivingColors fixture in its initial form quite a while ago – and I had the pleasure of meeting the designer of the LivingColors fixture when I was in Sweden, Willem van der Sluis.  Willem is one cool dude.  We got to hear a lot about the original story of the initial ideas surrounding the LivingColor lamp – did you know that when Philips first proposed this idea, they wanted to use three incandescent (halogen) lamps inside this thing?!  That goodness that they decided to repel that decision – otherwise it might have been the Philips LivingCrapIBurnedDownMyHouse.

There is now a new release of the LivingColor wash – Philips claims that it is 50% brighter than the original, which, if you bought version 1, sucks for you.  Right now the fixture retails for between $230 and $350, and includes seven LEDs, a choice between a wall lamp and floor lamp, and comes with a multi-parameter color and intensity control.

I still think it’s cool, and I still want one.  Amazon has the Philips LivingColors full size for $190 and a mini version with the remote built-in to the case (which comes in glossy black and glossy white) for $107.  My birthday just passed, anyone need a belated gift idea?  🙂

Here’s a picture of the mini version, in glossy black:

Thanks, Geek and Hype!

Martin Neuhaus’ Becherlicht – A Cup, Uh, Lamp?

This is an interesting project.  I am still not totally sure if I like it, but you can make your own decisions.

So, Martin Neuhaus’ lamp, Becherlicht, is a projection-type luminaire.  A source of light shines onto and through a transparent “cup” (I say that in quotes, but I think it’s really a cup” that projects onto a wall.  To me, the cup creates what looks like a shade shape onto the wall surface, which seems to be the point made by the designer, who wanted the “aha!” factor with the shade.  It attaches to the wall, as in the image below – but when it’s off, what exactly is it?

I like the idea of a projected “thing,” whether it be color, shape, whatever – but what I would hope is that I can put whatever the hell I want into that holder.  I want to stick a template in there, a colored glass, a plate, whatever I feel like.  It does come in a few colors.  I still want to put other stuff in that slot to create my own lamp.

Eh, to each his or her own.  I think it’s novel.  Make sure to check out Martin Neuhaus’ website.

Thanks, DesignBoom!

Forrest Jessee’s Push Pull Lamp

It reminds me of Jenga with light.  Enough said.

A New York designer, Forrest Jessee, along with four of his friends (Chris Barley, Troy Therrien, Brigette Borders and Egbert Chu) designed this fun, interesting lamp at Columbia University in 2007.  I believe this is a class project product – on Forrest’s website, it is listed under a category of “Enclosures and Environments II,” which sounds like the classes I took at KTH.

From Forrest’s website about the Push Pull Lamp:

The design incorporates the common elements of a lamp: the diffuser, bulb, and housing, in a seemingly continuous series of wooden slats. The slats have specific patterns milled from each piece in order to allow them to move in various directions around the core of the fixture. The core houses the diffuser and the bulb, while the wooden slats direct light according to how they are configured.

The result is a customizable light source that can be configured for a variety of tasks and effects by the user.

Cool lamp, folks.

Ikea’s NEW Solar Lighting – I Hope It’s Better Than Their OLD Solar Lighting

This last week, home and Swedish meatball store Ikea launched some new solar products for the new year.  Meet the new Solig line of Ikea lighting – there is a table lamp, a floor lamp, this crazy light tube thing, and some garden-ball-esque lights for your – whatever:


You know, a long time ago (the summer before last) I bought one of Ikea’s Solig table lamp bubble things with big hopes in mind – it was solar, battery power storage, auto-light-sensing, and it came apart very easily.  However, after about two weeks of use, it epic failed and stopped holding a charge.  I think it was ten bucks, which isn’t a fortune, but for something that is in the sustainable category it was a major, major disappointment.

I hope this stuff is better.  After all, Ikea gear is designed by people who are told to design something for a pricepoint of manufacture, not for any goal of sustainability or lasting.  Have you ever tried to fix or repair something Ikea that broke?

Here’s a pic of my old Solig lamp – the base and the half-globe together, and then a detail shot of the LED cluster and PV panel:



Below are pictures of the new line – I just hope they’re more reliable than the old line.





Thanks, Inhabitat!