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

No, This Is Not An Elaborate Trashcan

No, This Is Not An Elaborate Trashcan

Rather it is a lovely self-assembled table lamp named Spelta that makes use of “interwoven transparencies stretched to create a soft and organic form.” The rectangular modules of polypropylene are interchangeable and can be swapped for different materials, colors and finishes, all at the user’s whim. Going by its name, I’m assuming it designer, Camillo Vanacore, drew on spelt wheat in weaving its form.

0 Designer: Camillo Vanacore

Seductive Light Switches

Seductive Light Switches

There is a lot of scope for improvement in the light-switch industry. Intuitive touch sensitive panels have replaced the click-on click-off types. All you need is deep pockets and a sense of aesthetics to incorporate panels like the Revio. The panel boasts of eight program scene buttons, power button, dim/bright control, infrared receiver, program from iCAN network, flash memory, panel ‘clean’ switch and more!

0 Designer: Firsthand Design

Bright Lights in the Grips of your Fingertips

Bright Lights in the Grips of your Fingertips

When I first read the mail from the designer (Christian Precht) of this project, I thought it was Jesus Christ the Son of God and Industrial Design! Turns out Christian Precht isn’t devine, just a clever renderer and a super designer. Precht’s product is called “Add-it-on,” and it’s organic. Clip on, clip on, LEDs to light your night so you can keep on, keep on.

0 Designer: Christian Precht

MacGyver Tries a Reading Lamp

MacGyver Tries a Reading Lamp

I’m sure you remember the ipod speakers made out of twine and bubblegum, right? Well here, also, lives on the spirit of the greatest Industrial Designer of an age: The MacGyver. Yes, the man that can conjure anything in a strangely simple way. Here, designer Donell Hutson continues the legend by attaching a square mirror to a 5 LED light array.

And that’s it!

0 Designer: Donell Hutson

Would You Confuse Them For Pool Balls?

Would You Confuse Them For Pool Balls?

I know I would! The Field Roamers are illuminated spherical objects that are a product of experimentation with the primary goal of seeing how “light bounces could affect the appearance of geometry with varying surfaces in low light.” The lights have no explicit moving parts but their illuminated tracks and the obvious form indicate that you could just roll them along the surface. Cool roving lights I say!

0 Designer: Adam Heslop

Interactive Tiles

Interactive Tiles

The I-Quad uses tile shaped LED electronic boards held together by a simple frame and interacts with external devices via USB or wireless. Each tile is capable of a low-res, almost dot matrix-like resolution. Essentially anything can be displayed across these tiles; from communication, entertainment, even ambient lighting.

0 Designers: Soo-Jin Chou, Young-Hee Cho, Young-Kuk Oh, Oh-Jae Kwon & Kue-Hoo Hwang