Gina Sempe has designed a new lighting fixture that will be available later this month for Wastberg. The lamp is produced from aluminum and steel and features a matt finish, a multipurpose clamp, and circular reflector that reminds me of a little bit of an umbrella. Sempe named the lamp design Ile, the French word for island, and the color palette used  with the lamp echo the umbrella giving a nod to an island beach and relaxation.


Ile is designed for smooth easy movement and quick assembly. A round magnet attaches the steel reflector shade to a thin pipe shaft. The flat circular base mirrors the form of the circular  reflector, bringing a sense of balance across the overall design. The flat base not only allows the lamp to easily clamp and mount to a variety of flat surfaces, but also allows it to function as a free standing desk lamp as well. The LED illuminator is located in the base of the lamp focused up at the reflector,which bounces light in any direction.


I love the minimalist form, the lightness, harmony, utility that this brings to the table. (you see what idid there right?)




Oh!LED Lumiblade.

One of the things about collecting art is the need to illuminate it properly. In most cases you end up dealing with some form of tract lighting that can be directed onto a specific piece. The problem is, the lights while functional, are usually, ugly, hot, and put out light that has a color temperature that isn’t pure white.

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Thanks to Belgian designer Bart Lens, there is now an alternative that uses OLED panels. Oh!led is a contemporary light fixture with a minimalist design. Each lamp is just 5 milimeters thick and suspended from a pencil thin shaft. The head rotates 180 degrees for quick positioning, and the Philips Brite Lumiblade OLED panel produces a pure white balanced light. The Philips Brite Lumiblade is the world’s brightest organic light-emitting diode (OLED) available to date.

Produced by Lens°Ass Architecten, for Eden Design the panel produces a soft diffused light that is extremely close to natural light which s perfect for art on display. If your need is more for illuminating your living areas, instead of displaying your fine collectables, Oh!led offers a warm color temperature as well. And while the images shown here show the fixture in black, it is available in white for even an even more discrete lighting solution.







It’s So Yumi.

Architect Shigeru Ban has created a clean, minimalist floor lamp for  FontanaArte, namedYumi. The lamp which has been selected for the XXIII Compasso D’Oro ADI Awards name means “Bow” in Japanese which the lamp gracefully does as it arcs from it’s base into the room. With the main body of the lamp only 10 mm thick, the clean design forms a simple light weight structure that is elegant and unobtrusive.


The black structure is made from composite materials coated with carbon fiber for strength, lightness, and durability. Power cables are hidden into the structure to enhance the minimal design and not detract from the lamps shape. Using LED lights that are integrated into the arcing frame the light source becomes invisible unless you are directly below the source. Clean, simple design with all ornamentation removed to produce a graceful, sculptural, minimalist form. Love it.




The Chocolate Factory.

This is the story of Alain Ducasse’s new chocolate factory. It is a visual feast of beautiful shots, exquisite lighting, and editing. Directed by , the 3 and a half minute short introduces you to the owner and his staff as the hand craft chocolate the old fashioned way in an old Renault Garage in the center of Paris. This makes me want to go back to Paris right now. It makes me want to go to Paris and visit Alain Ducasse’s chocolate factory.

Les Cordes a New Twist on a Rope Light.

Mathieu Lehanneur created a new twist on the rope light for the reopening of the Museum of Decorative Arts, pottery and fashion in the castle Borely Marseille.


The lamp is constructed from borosilicate glass that is kiln bent frosted and then fitted with LED’s and a control system. It’s an absolutely wonderful take on both a chandelier and the rope light with all those overlapping sweeping curved surfaces. The video below shows the production process that went into making this one of a kind light for the school. What a really impressive design and fabrication process.

“This chandelier was conceived as a rope of light crossing the ceiling, only bands of light and glass are visible. It is not an object. It is not a light fitting. It is the light itself that seems to live and circulate in the entrance space, as if stitched onto the building itself,” Mathieu Lehanneur
Producer: Château Borély / City of Marseille
Executive Producer: Agency Rubigo
Director: Christophe Luparini
Music: Lionel Payet Pigeon
Curator of Decorative Arts and Fashion, Chateau Borély: Christine Germain – Donnat
Creating Mathieu Lehanneur
Artistic production: Agence Eva Albarran & Co. SINCE 1974 Glassworks GmbH

Waarmakers Ninebyfour.

Most fluorescent style light fixtures are for lack of a better term, ugly. This partly due to the need for ballast, the power supply, and the heat the lamps give off. Waarmakers however has created Ninebyfour a tube lamp using LED’s. Because they don’t generate heat, or have a large power supply this minimal lamp is quite beautiful, and one made from uncharacteristic materials.

20140105-131557.jpgThe lamps are designed and built with reclaimed wood that comes from salvaged trees cut down in and around the Amsterdam area. Each lamp comes with a location marker stamped in the cork portion of the fixture. If you enter the coordinates in Google Maps, the origin of your lamps source tree shows up.







“Stuckenborg” is all Art.

“We’ll fix it in post” is a phrase that I loathe. There is a reason that a Director, and DP want a good “Grip” on set with them. That individual, or team of lighting techs will make or break the quality of your film. I don’t care how good your post production team is, if the lighting sucked or was flat when the film was shot all the post production in the world won’t bring the image to life.

The video from Order & Other below is a great example of lighting done right. There is drama, atmosphere, contrast and a variable balance to the lighting. The DP used the lighting to create atmosphere that can’t be created in post production, and it is one of the key elements that makes this film work. Along with great lighting, there is atmosphere, and by that I mean there is stuff in the air, particulate matter that ads weight to environment. That atmosphere is something you rally can’t ad in post either.