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Ross Lovegrove’s 100% Lamp

Italian lighting manufacturer Danese has commissioned designer Ross Lovegrove for a fixture called the 100% Lamp – a simple, controllable fixture with an interesting design feature – the circuitry is on the outside of the lamp:

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The design is simple and elegant – bent aluminum sheet with a white paint coat, and the circuitboard/control affixed.  The control device is a screen-printed BAS plastic card that is also affixed to the unit, and control of intensity is via a sensor embedded within the card.  The orange circuitboard on the rear of the lamp is Kapton material, used in flexible printed circuits.

The LED source for the lamp is a cluster of 3 X 5W LEDs with an efficacy of 70 lumens per watt.

From the Danese Milan site:

The inclination of the head is dictated by a LED angle calculation so that an equilibrium between the correct illumination of a wide work area and the dazzling monitoring can be achieved. The challenge of a substantial technological innovation is faced by relying on overall “subtraction” principles. The body of the lamp is composed of a very light sheet of aluminium 5 mm thick, cut and softly bent. The base widens forming an area different from the worktop on which to store personal belongings.

On the front of the body of 100% Al light is integrated Danese’s technologically advanced switch. You insert a serigraphed ABS card into the aluminium body, which contains the sensor that regulates the turning on and the intensity of light emission. The feeding and the connection among the LEDs, the touch dimmers and the electronic components can only work in the flexible Kapton circuit. This combination of technology and innovative design rises in the Metadistretti project environment and it is developed by Danese in partnership with Micromac.

Check out more images:

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Thanks, DeZeen and DesignBoom!

Ross Lovegrove’s Andromeda

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I love fixtures that use their shape to cast light texture into a room.  Hence, I love this fixture by Ross Lovegrove, called the Andromeda Light.  Ross made this fixture for Yamagiwa, and if you’ve seen the work on Ross’s website, you would see it as another extension of his style.

From Ross Lovegrove, via The Contemporist:

Andromeda is an artificial structure for capturing artificial light.

Emerging from the concept of Netification; the reduction of physical mass through selective perforation across a pre defined form; the concept floats more as a diatomic sea creature in the free ocean of space. It floats in a state of apparent anti gravity, capturing its light within to graphically delineate a structural net as a soft external shadow of itself. The light that is emitted from its LED clusters is reflected back into itself via mirrors orientated to maximise their output and to freely distribute a very pure light. It becomes the source of ambient light within a room, vesting gentle forms like large roots onto adjacent surfaces to form extended relationships onto and into architectural dimensions.

The piece is moulded from a single material as a unified white Botanical, aquatic organism to softly implant a sense of nature into the spaces we inhabit.

Cool.  Nice work, Ross.

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