Over the weekend I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and began landscaping a section of my front yard. I spent a large portion of Saturday and Sunday, planning, and installing edging, moving dirt, and prepping for plants that will go in a couple of weeks from now.
While planning things out and surveying the entry to the house, I decided that I needed to add planters at key locations. I needed to anchor sections of the yard where it meets walkways and the structure of the house. I also started thinking about lighting and the roll it would play at night with the surrounding foliage. Thanks to ORE, I might be able to kill two birds with one stone.
Since 2003 ORE has focused on developing products for the garden design industry by manufacturing contemporary lines of signature containers, fire pits, benches and architectural elements in Utah. Designer Shane Larson used his expertise in sculpture and metal work to create a line of contemporary outdoor furniture that is durable, functional, and elegant. The products produced by ORE qualify for LEED points, if you are looking for ways to green your home, and yard.
I really like the metal cube containers and column containers with integrated LED lighting solutions. The simple shapes with bright color finishes, and hidden ground lighting, make a bold statement without overpowering the surrounding architecture, and landscape. All the containers are available in any of ten colors ranging from powder coated red to neutral gray.
For the last 4 days I have been working on a heavy animation piece that at times makes my eyes spin. It’s partly due to the red and white patterns I am animating, and partly due to the low light that I work in. This might explain my obsession of late with lighting fixtures and lamps, although I doubt it.
This afternoon while rendering a section of footage I took some time to cruise through a number of design/manufacturing sites, and I came across this wonderful desk lamp from Dreipuls. Rima absolutely knocked me over when I saw the images and video on the Dreipuls website. The lamp is elegant, clean, and feels like something Dieter Rams would have designed for Braun back in the day.
Rima is a unique lamp that allows the user to adjust lighting by moving light, not the lamp to the desired location. This is made possible by several series-connected LEDs which are controlled by moving rings on a processor which controls the light. The position of each ring controls the amount of power given to each LED bank within the lamp, the angle of each LED, the color of the light, and light intensity. This allows whoever is using the lamp to vary each LED group in a multitude of ways.
After Saturday and Sunday’s latest round of snow, I am really ready for spring. The fact that it’s almost March and I am walking the dogs in temperatures hovering around 13 degrees in the morning just adds to the need for warmth. So in order to manifest warm spring weather I am posting a little thing about outdoor lighting. You know the kind of thing you could enjoy while sitting outside on a warm night, relaxing, taking in pleasant breezes, sipping a cool drink…
Spanish company Vibia has created an extensive playground of contemporary outdoor lighting. Unusual and off-the-wall outdoor lighting design ideas, from Vibia are transforming lighting into an art form with sculptural and striking pieces. The stunning Tree 4000 lighting collection, designed by Pete Sans, resemble manicured drop-shaped conifers, spun from white polyurethane standing on metallic trunks. Each light contains compact fluorescent bulbs to cast a soft gentle glow on your outdoors while keeping energy costs low. I wish there was a LED option available but sadly no. Perhaps Vibia will add it in the future as LEDs become more popular and affordable.
In addition to the new 4000 series, is one of my personal favorites. Vibia’s “Break”, designed by J.I.I. Xuda and M Alemany.
Each lamp is a rectangular tower approximately 31 inches tall by 12 inches square. The top of the lamp is cube balanced on point allowing light to illuminate from below the cube spilling out across the tower base. Like the 400 series, Break uses compact fluorescent bulbs. Break is available in 4 finishes ranging from white lacquer to concrete.
I think what I like about Break is the rectilinear simplicity of the forms and the use of natural feeling materials like concrete for the finish.
You can download the entire catalog here, but you will have to register in order to get it.
About a month ago, Philips Electronics announced the second generation LivingColors lamps which should be available later this year. Each light contains 7 LEDs which are 50% brighter than the original LivingColor lamps. Because of this the lamps can produce 16 million color variations, all of which are controlled via a remote.
The primary function of the lamp is to create ambient lighting for a room by washing walls and floors with specific color schemes. So think of this as 21st century mood lighting. What would be interesting to see is if there is a way to set the lamps to cycle through a set of colors over time. In addition to color, the can also produce a perfectly white balanced light that could be used for reading, or general lighting uses in any room.
There are 4 different kinds of lamps: a standing lamp, a wall lamp and two ceiling lamps. Each kind will be available in 5 models: Black, Crystal, White Gloss, Floral and Mineral. All lamps will come with remotes and will cost from $226 to $353.
You know what would be really cool, is if Philips came out with a light/speaker solution like the Klipsch Light Speaker, and combined it with this housing. Hmmmm.