I’ve spent most of my weekend trying to figure out just exactly what the previous homeowners were doing when they finished the basement in my house. Nothing is square, the wiring is a fire hazard, and the plumbing is a joke. I was going to try and fix the problems, but instead decided to tear a section out and start from scratch. After 6 hours, it’s break time, and break time led to the Internet. The Internet brought me to Sisifo, a minimalist light designed by Chicago-based firm MNML for Artemide.
Sisifo places a disc of light, balanced above a weighted base on an articulating pole. The pole allows for 360 degrees of rotation, and for the disc to placed at the most useful angle for the end user. Designed with a small footprint, the weighted base and double ball joint were designed for minimum resistance, allowing the lamp head to effortlessly float above the base and be adjusted. Sisifo also features an intuitive on/off touch dimmer control at the front of the base that invites tactile interaction. Using a fresnel pattern, the light source is diffused eliminating any harsh shadows, creating even uniform light. Yeah I kind of want a few of these.
At the end of the month the NY Now show takes place at Jacob Javits center. To gear up for it a ton of manufacturers are starting to send out emails asking to stop by their booths and check out new products, and designs for 2016. Pablo design is no exception to this. this morning I found an email waiting for me introducing 4 new products that I wish I would be in New York to see in person. Unfortunately I won’t. One of those products is the new UMA Sound Lantern. A portable lamp with a bluetooth speaker that actually looks pretty intriguing. Another product that is not a new release, yet still stunning is the “Contour Table”.
Contour Table is really a lamp, don’t let the name fool you. It is a minimalist lamp that is designed in many ways to showcase objects framing them, and a case of extruded aluminum, and wood. Contour’s elegant open frame is enhanced by warm LED illumination from the top of the slender extruded aluminum structure. The minimalist design has been refined to the bare essentials, creating a rich interior space for your personal belongings while providing an unobstructed view of its surroundings. The interior space provides an inviting resting place for your books, precious objects, or for charging your mobile devices with its integrated USB port.
This is another object I’d love to see in person at Pablo’s booth at the end of the month. I just need to figure out a way to get there in 2 weeks.
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?)
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.
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.
ArchitectShigeru 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.
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 Simon Pénochet, 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.
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