Monocomplex

Monocomplex

I’m always on the look out for new design talent and many of them are coming from groups, like Monocomplex from South Korea. These four young designers are creating new ideas in the realms of product design, furniture and lighting. Their collaborative efforts have created some of the most interesting modern pieces I’ve seen.

0 Designer: Monocomplex

Light Baby

Light Baby

I know you’ve heard of or maybe even met the white stork, but have you heard of the black stork? It’s the inspiration behind designer Rainer Bachschmid’s “Ciconia” light. Two symmetrical segments bear a reflective stainless steel strip opposite it’s thirty LEDs seamlessly and are encased within an aluminum powder-coated body that very much resembles a beak.  This minimalist light sculpture will grace any space with luminous elegance.

0 Designer: Rainer Bachschmid

Pedestal Lamp

Pedestal Lamp

L.OOD is a pedestal lamp, a concept based on creating open forms and functions from a single refined object. It’s an assemblage of recycled things like lampshades, glass vases, pots, candy dishes and fruit trays. By layering these odd bits and ends together, you create a new form with new purpose purpose.

0 Designer: Elda Bellone

Woven Lamp

Woven Lamp

The AURA is a series of woven lamps designed to reinforce the warmth of light with texture. The wafer, saucer shape speaks to modernity without diluting the design. Anything woven usually feels “crafty” but the AURA feels almost alien origin. They’re hand-made in France with loads of attention to detail – the couture of lighting.

0 Designer: Béatrice Durandard

Light Forest

Light Forest

Light Forest by OntwerpDuo is a ceiling light system that has endless possibilities. The design consists of  numerous connecting parts that are fully customizable. Light Forest animates the space with it’s vine-like metal casing that looks like it’s overtaking the ceiling and walls. Users can get picky choosing which areas to illuminate- a cool alternative to track lighting.

0 Designers: Tineke Beunders & Nathan Wierink

Bright Humidity

Bright Humidity

The Host Lamp is designed to accommodate a fully integrated passenger appliance, a small humidifier. The principle of the host lamp is very simple – wasted heat energy emitted by the lightbulb is captured and converted to electricity by TGMs(thermo-electric modules) and used to power the humidifier.

0 Designer: Minsung Bae

A Light with a Story

A Light with a Story

When I was a kid there were always 2 things I needed to get to sleep: a bedtime story, and a nightlight. The Story Tent Light by Hong Ying Guo combines both into an interactive tent shaped projector, reminiscent of the forts and tents we all constructed growing up. By rotating the top section the Story Tent projects sequential light images through interchangeable frames to tell a brief animated story. This active design encourages using the imagination and provides tranquil light for a peaceful sleep; something both parents and children can enjoy together.

0 Designer: Hong Ying Guo

Know Your Switches

Know Your Switches

When you have a panel full of light switches, it can be challenging to remember which is which. The Floor Plan Light switch offers an easy solve. The switches are modified according to the floor plan of the room and operate accordingly. So in a single glance you know which switch controls what.

0 Designer: Taewon Hwang

From Bight Light to Nightlight

From Bight Light to Nightlight

Starrynight is a combination light and nightlight that recreates the starry night sky while being energy efficient. A transparent light-collecting module (provided by Mechanical and Systems Research Laboratories [MSL]/Industrial Technology Research Institute [ITRI]) serves as an exterior lampshade. There’s a photovoltaic layer that charges a battery to power the night light function which is when the “stars light up.” Beautiful idea. Do want!

0 Designers: Dr. Lin Hui-Hsiung, Huang Shao-Wei, Yang Wen-Hsun & Chiang Chung-Kai

1 Can, 1 Bulb, 1 Cord

1 Can, 1 Bulb, 1 Cord

The 05.L, named after the repurposed can that makes up its shade, is a lamp with a straightforward design; a 9W energy efficient lightbulb, recyclable shade, and bulky red cord. With only 3 major elements the 05.L is for the user who wants to keep things uncomplicated. ‘Nuff said!

0 Designer: Pieter Bostoen

Complex Metalwork in a Lamp

Complex Metalwork in a Lamp

Crane is an architectural adjustable task lamp with a new typology for Swedish lighting manufacturer Orsjo designed by Benjamin Hubert. The lamp is inspired by industrial engineered metal structures and equipment. A bank of high power LEDS is shrouded in an industrial perforated aluminum casing to create a tube that is uninterrupted by openings. A simple clamp base supports the articulating horizontal arm. The adjustment features are finished with tactile industrial knurled detailing. Beautiful.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Orsjo

Lamp No. 4

Lamp No. 4

I love the name.  Lamp No. 4 brings water and light together to create an ever-changing glow. Vibrating the string creates ripples of light that keep the space tranquil and relaxing.  The contrast between the tension in the base and the softness of the H2O filter is something only bare walls could appreciate.

0 Designer: Meidad Marzan

A Loom of Light

A Loom of Light

Loom is a collection of organic textile pendant lamps utilizing a new 3d woven polyester material designed by Benjamin Hubert for Swedish manufacturer Zero. Originally used as a source of comfort in the bedding industry the 3d textile has never before been used in the lighting industry. The textile can be stretched around complex forms and diffuses the light through its dense network of warp woven polyester fibers. The textile is offset and contrasted with a brightly lit polymer lens at the heart of each pendant.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Zero