I love a beautifully-designed lighting design because I truly believe a really great one has the ability to illuminate a space – both literally, and metaphorically. Besides the physical light that it quite obviously emits, a well-designed lighting design can add manifolds of personality and charisma to a room or space. They can function as sculptural pieces, that are an extension of your personal taste and preference, truly exhibiting the richness and niche-ness of your curation capabilities, or if they’re the portable kind you can carry them along with you to illuminate anything anytime anywhere. And one such innovative lighting design I recently laid eyes upon is the Orbe.
French designer Nelson Fossey from Index Office collaborated with Lexon to create the Orbe lamp. Winner of the 2023 Red Dot Design award, the Orbe is a portable torchiere lamp that is designed to illuminate spaces wherever and whenever needed. Nelson Fossey has a minimalist and simple approach to lighting, making the designer the perfect candidate for Lexon to team up with. They wanted to create a lighting design that is suitable for all occasions.
The Orbe Lamp is inspired by childhood memories of playing the cup-and-ball game and features a detachable magnetic head with an interesting 2-part design that can be easily attached and detached. The act of connecting and disconnecting the 2 parts brings to mind the childhood joy and enthusiasm of playing games! The colors were selected to be playful – such as sedate black, gold, and glossy white options. The Orbe is designed for outdoor use and is meant to be a portable product with an IPX4 rating that equals splash-resistant. You can easily carry the lamp with you anywhere, and its rotatable head emits a peak output of 100 lumens of light.
Quite interestingly, the LED lamp doesn’t just radiate one hue output, in fact, it can emit 9 colors, and even dimming as an option. When the Orbe is at its lowest setting, it can produce an impressive 48 hours of illumination, in only 5 hours of recharging via a USB-C cable. The Orbe lamp is an excellent option for outdoor enthusiasts who are constantly looking for fun, functional and practical products to add to their box of essential outdoor gear.