Squishy Lights

Squishy Lights

Medulla in latin means bone marrow or by abstract – the soft inner part of something. The Medulla Lamp sorta takes on that definition as a tripod lamp filled with a fluidic technogel. The legs are flexible enabling multiple configurations. Arrange it with others to form a pattern or use attachments like hooks to hang onto a wall. The illumination comes from two circular LEDs, one diffuses into the technogel, the other is omni-directional. It’s also waterproof so add this to your pool buddy collection.

0 Designers: Matteo Barbaresi, Giovanna Zega, Silvia Fasoli & Marco Bortolozzo

Sittin' on a Pole with Cold Cathode

Sittin’ on a Pole with Cold Cathode

This thang is called the “Plof.” It’s a self-bearing structure (a sort of relaxed pole snake) with a 30mm diameter methacrylate tube containing a cold cathode lamp. The cold cathode light emits no heat, lives for 45,000 hours (aka 10 years,) and does not exceed 1000 Volts. You know what that means: big-time low volt party! Everyone party around the Plof!

0 Designer: Yonoh

Energy Seed: A Yanko Love Story

Energy Seed: A Yanko Love Story

Listen, we all love Sungwoo Park here, don’t deny it. There’s been more than one satisfied reader here on Yanko when it comes to Sungwoo. But this time, the reader took an extra step and became an inspired advocate for action. This reader cum designer, Jerome Demers, took the Sungwoo Energy Seed concept and made it DIY and desktop sized. Don’t you want to play along with the “dead” batteries too?

0 Designer: Jerome Demers

That’s Not A Pretty Picture On The Wall

That’s Not A Pretty Picture On The Wall

That’s an air cleaner, thank you very much! For those who thought that air cleaners need to be these drab objects in the room, take a look at the pleasant NU.AER. Resembling a soothing view, the illuminated surface on it exudes a therapeutic and relaxing environment. If you’re wondering just how “clean” is your room, then just check out the illustrated display and you’ll get the picture. If it’s not what you expected then just change the setting by using the slider.

0 Designer: Jan König

Autobiography Of An LED Lamp

Autobiography Of An LED Lamp

Hi, my name is LED Lamp and my creator is not GOD. He’s an award-winning industrial designer called Mikko Kärkkäinen and he designs stuff for his own company called Tunto. I’m a here because the guys at YD think I look flattering and their readers will appreciate me. They think my pa Mikko should send them some free samples of me, because they want to experience my “gentle touch and no visible switches” design. I doubt my pa will ever send me over there, unless they do a giveaway or something!

0 Designer: Mikko Kärkkäinen for Tunto [ Buy It Here ]

The Light-Reaper Cometh

The Light-Reaper Cometh

Check out this very-strange abstract set of presentation photos for a slightly-odd lamp of epic proportions. Check out how large this object is, then note that it is only a lamp. An armature that resembles a Harry-Potteresque giant-phonograph, with three springy legs below. The lamp-shade creates an “enveloping feeling” for anyone under its singular eye.

0 Designer: Daniel Hedner of Imaginary Office

Folding Lamps

Folding Lamps

Architects have a long history designing great lighting. Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture out of Sweden picks up this line by giving us the Paperfold lamp series. Inspired by the paper patterns Fredrik Kjellgren’s grandmother taught him to make clothes from, the lamps all use a single and simple folded paper form, and then stretch, duplicate, or suspend the fold in various ways to make different lamps.

0 Designers: Fredrik Kjellgren, Daniel Andersson, Joakim Kaminsky, Ola Frödell

Tea Bag Lights Up your Night, Literally

Tea Bag Lights Up your Night, Literally

Surely you caffeine addicts will agree, coffee truly is the sexually oriented drink – It picks you up! It illuminates your world, if I may say so. Designer / Bookmark Maker Wonsik Chae takes this concept to an elegant level by making the drop-in tea bag light up your environment chemically. For those whose eyes are sensitive to brightness in the mornings, I recommend a different cup. For those who love lamp(s), drop it!

0 Designer: Wonsik Chae

Jeeze Frank, that is a Nice Kitchen Hood!

Jeeze Frank, that is a Nice Kitchen Hood!

Robert Brunner of Ammunition Group steps up with a mince-no-words collection of kitchen hoods. You know the kind: big, ugly, yellow. Or at least they’re that way if you’re living in a house whose kitchen hasn’t been updated in the past 10 years. Get minimal! Get something from the “Arc Collection.” The colors and designs range seven main categories, but they’re all 36 inches wide, suck smoke, and shine light.

0 Designer: Robert Brunner of Ammunition Group

That’s Not Jack In The Box

That’s Not Jack In The Box

I have some water and I have some bulbs, hmm…what can I make from this? Oh I know, but then I’ll need some spring and a box too. Done…my craft teacher will be so proud of me!! Wicked as this sounds, “Don’t” by designer Djordje Cukanovic is just this, but a hell lot more creative. It’s (NOT) a Jack-in-the-box that uses light and mesmerizing reflective properties of water along with fake snowflakes and aluminum pieces. Snow globe of the future perhaps?

0 Designer: Djordje Cukanovic

When Plants Inspire Lights

When Plants Inspire Lights

You remember that photosynthesis lesson you bunked in school? That was way long back in time, but folks at D’arc Studio revisited that period and decided to haunt you with that chapter (pun totally intended!) The Sinthesya is an indoor/outdoor light that looks like it’s out of a sci-fi movie set and draws inspiration from nature’s food-factory. Solar power is the name of the game, but just in case of an emergency, an electrical plug has been included.

0 Designers: Daniele Calisi, Alessio Tommasetti, Rosa Topputo & Camillo Vanacore

WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Good Lighting!

WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Good Lighting!

As the story goes, shortly after being elected president of the United States in 1981, Ronald Reagan was shown around the Pentagon by his chief of staff, James Baker. At the end of the tour, Reagan asked why they hadn’t seen the “War Room”? Baker explained that it didn’t exist, except in a movie. The movie was Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic “Dr. Strangelove” and the designer was legendary set designer Sir Ken Adams. Ken’s creations are the inspiration behind the design of this “AIRFLITE” by designers KINZO for idee.design.licht.

0 Architect: Kinzo

Self-sustaining Flower That Blooms At Dusk

Self-sustaining Flower That Blooms At Dusk

My mentor educated me that a good design also contributes toward a stable environment and does take into account its implications toward pollution and emissions. I call the Light Flower a good design, because it follows this norm to the T. If you must light your garden pathway, it may as well be with this illuminating flower. Autonomous and sensitive, it harnesses wind energy effectively to power itself.

0 Designer: Djordje Cukanovic