The Daily Lamp – Spin Light, from Lucie Koldová


Lucie has a skill that not a lot of people possess — she has more brain power than most, and her work represents her inner and outer beauty.

For the firm Lasvit, Lucie pulled out a remnant from her childhood (well, most of our childhoods, really) — the spinning top.  Lucie took the idea of the top and turned it into a light that would look awesome anywhere.  That, my friends, is probably why Lasvit wanted it.

From the product page for Spin Light:

Small, medium and large transparent pendants multiplied. Spin light’s expression of dynamics is based on a simple rotational form resembling a child’s toy known as the spinning top or the silhouettes of whirling dervishes. It gives the lights a basic graphic impression. Clear transparent airy lamps with a touch of color on top are powered by small LED efficient discs which highlighting strong silhouettes and let them float freely in the space as empty volumes.

I think it is gorgeous.  Check it out, and check out Lucie Koldova’s other work — well worth the view!





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The Daily Lamp – Marianne Andersen’s “In Theory” Pendant

I’ve been contemplating a series called “The Daily Lamp.”  I look at so many awesome luminaire designs every day and there is no way I could possible write about all of them.  I’m going to start posting a different lamp every Monday through Friday, there are WAY too many crazy cool and awesome lamps out there that it’s a disservice for me NOT to talk about them!

Today’s Daily Lamp is from designer Marianne Andersen, the In Theory pendant lamp series:




It’s a very interesting design — it reminds me of getting the wine cork stuck in the bottle!  A clear “shade,” a smoky one, and a milky diffuser.  Elegant.  I’d light a bar with these, most definitely.

Marianne’s work was seen at the State of Things exhibit at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, 2013.


Thanks to The Daily Tonic and DesignStudio 210!

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!

Uppsala, Sweden – Projection Mapping

My good friend Gustavo Vasquez from Mexico City (and currently, Stockholm, Sweden – finishing his Master’s at KTH) sent me this unbelievably cool video of some architectural projection mapping in Uppsala, during the Lighting Festival that occurs in Uppsala, Sweden.

On the video:

“Uppsala castle courtyard is the place where past and future meet. With the help of today’s technology transforms the facade for something completely different. We asked the graphic artist Andrew Cutting Berg trying to get a part of the palace facade to release its centuries of history and for a moment transformed during the long, dark month of November .
The technology used is liquid-cooled encapsulated projectors on either 10 000 ansilumen mounted in heated sheds from Ramirent.

Stage Technologies AVL AB – idea, project management and project supplier
Grafala – animations
Ramirent – delivered the sheds

Happy Monday, folks!

Andika Pradana’s Skansen Visit Video – Blast from My Swedish Past!

Ah, Andika!  Your video really made me miss you guys, all of you!  Please share a hug from me to everybody that was there, because this video warmed up my heart for the whole day.  Thanks, brother!

So, Community, this video below was taken by Andika Pradana (an amazing photographer/videographer who has lots of imagery on Flickr, Facebook, and Vimeo) when I was in Stockholm at KTH in the fall.  Andika is in a group of photographers that I consider a Master of Captured Lumens – the man can capture light among the best.

Skansen is “the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island DjurgÃ¥rden in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833-1901) to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.”  It’s a pretty cool place – there were some amazing views of the harbor, Stockholm, and the architecture around the city from that island.  I have tons of pictures from my travels to that place, I just have to get unbusy for a weekend to sort them!

My KTH class was there observing some of the period structures and how people in those era (1750’s-1850’s) dealt with daylight and available light.  We did a lot of sketching in a particular structure assigned by group, and then compared our work to create a 3D representation of the “feeling” of the light in the room.  I’ll post pictures of that too, it was quite fun – myself, lovely Valeria Mirarchi, and everybody’s pal, Jonas Godehart.  You two are going to be working lighting designers soon, I am so proud of you!

Okay, enough rambling.  Check out Andika’s video!  He did a great job of capturing the entire project from start to finish:

Skansen (Daylighting Observation) from Andika Pradana on Vimeo.



I’m writing this post at 3am in the Arlanda International Airport in Sweden – today is a travel day for me.  I’ll be getting on a plane to Frankfurt, Germany in a few hours where I will sit for two hours before embarking on an eleven hour flight directly into Dallas.  This is probably going to be a very, very long day, and when I get home it will only be 2:30pm.  Crazy jet lag time awesome!

Tonight I left the dorm house where I had lived with eleven of the most excellent people I have ever had the chance to meet.  Sweden, as little as I got to see of it, will never compare to the friendships that I was given for coming here.  Jamie, Francisca, Tatiana, Orqui, Saghi, Kunal, Gustavo, Guoliong, PK, Por, and Nicolas – I won’t ever forget you.  Thanks for making my time in Sweden so awesome.

I can’t wait to see you, United States of America!

Vesa Honkonen’s Lecture at KTH


Last Thursday I was in attendance at a lecture given by Vesa Honkonen, an architect and lighting designer in Finland – Vesa came to KTH Haninge and gave a lecture on several topics, including art and the commercialization of design.  He was gracious enough to talk to us about several of his projects in recent past, and show us his process – including process sketches, notes, and images of projects in various stages of completion.

I have to admit that this lecture blew my mind open into little nondescript pieces.  We hadn’t started classes yet (we officially started lectures for the first course module last Monday), so it was an incredible start to our program.

The lecture was fantastic, I cannot say that enough – Vesa talked about many topics, but there were two that really rattled the inside of my cranium.  As lighting designers across the world in our respective industries we must consider what is mainstream and what is avant garde.  As ideas and designs that are new and different propagate in the industry and all around us, they’re considered avant garde.  This idea isn’t limited to any industry – it’s about art, design, and anything else subjective.  For example – my wife does amazing things with cascading style sheet programming, and I always consider her ideas and her understanding to be so far above the mainstream thinking that it amazes me every time she tells me about her projects.  At what point does her thinking about CSS become how everyone thinks?  At some point in every industry, in art, and in design, the mainstream thinking is replaced by what was once considered edgy, different, and not mainstream.

Thinking outside of the mainstream and going against the flow is how we progress.  This is not to say that everything mainstream is crap and that we have to find new solutions for everything in existence, but when you create, create.  Do what is best for the solution in your eyes, even if it is different than everything else you see.

This is a small bit of how the whole afternoon lecture with Vesa went – it was great.

He also told a story about Evert Lundquist, a painter and etcher from Sweden.  One day a poor engineer friend of Evert’s discovered him sitting in the dark, alone, in his studio.  The poor engineer friend had come by to visit Evert, and was curious as to why he was sitting alone.  The friend asked Evert, “why are you sitting alone in the dark?”

Evert replied, “I am simply waiting for the light.”

Thank you for your wonderful lecture, Vesa.  Please visit Vesa’s website, Vesa Honkonen Architects – His work is riveting.

I Live in A Dorm.

Yeah, I live in a dorm right now.  Is this a huge deal?  Is this really worth a post?  Perhaps not, depending on who you are.  But – since this is my blog, and I am trying to document my entire trip, I figured that some pictures of my living arrangements might be in order.  You see, it’s been a decade since I lived in a dormitory, and I live in a dormitory in Sweden – two things I’ve not done at least in this decade.

Swedish dorm living (at least where I am) is like living in a communal apartment – rooms, two bathrooms, two showers, and a freaking sauna!

Check out some images of Dalarovagen 33 – my home away from home for the next ten months:









What An Awesome Day – Stockholm ROCKS!

On Thursday afternoon I went to a Stockholm walking tour/city rally thing with some international students.  In addition to getting to see a whole bunch of Stockholm, I met several new friends – Ahmed from Egypt, Mohammad from Iran, Kate from Austria, Jamie from Boston, Fernando from Brazil, Andreas from Sweden, and Reza from Iran.  We seemed to be the spry bunch, and after about 3/4 the way through the city walk, we decided to get lunch and a beer (which was nine bucks, by the way – damn):


Hands down, it was an amazing day.  At some point, I am going to get out at night and take some long exposure shots of Stockholm – that will be amazing!  Check out some photos from my day, if you’re interested – just a few, I took hundreds:

Where I’m living this year:


Stockholm Central train station:


KTH Main Campus library:


Walking in Stockholm:


The Royal Theatre:


Walking along the water:


Fountain above the train station – you walk underneath this thing!


Hej, jag är i Sverige.

I’m here.  Besides sitting next to this German guy who had wicked farts the whole flight (probably shouldn’t have had that second helping of bread, dude) I am extremely impressed with Scandinavian Air.  I mean, come on – FREE DRINKS for Economy Class!

But enough about that:


Lugging two 50 pound bags around Stockholm City Station, getting laughed at every time I ask someone FörstÃ¥r du engelska? and having a great walk around Handen looking for a fan for my dorm room and some groceries took up the majority of Wednesday.  The dorm room is of typical single room size – a bed, a sink, a desk-y thing that works just fine, and places to put my stuff.  Except for that it’s in SWEDEN!

Today should be pretty interesting – a tour around Stockholm with the main campus folk, and lots of new pictures coming.  Stay tuned for an update!

(PS, I know the image says “entrance.”  But apparently I am 12.)