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.
Yesterday, Asher Dunn, founder of Studio DUNN, released information on his latest lighting design . Sorenthia is based on photographs of kelp that were taken from below the surface of the water with light passing through them.
Sorenthia is constructed from brass in long thin forms that create an airy fixture. The simple lines and structure allow for endless configurations an combinations of multiple lamps. The simple design features an exposed bulb on each end and there is a simple joint that allows the crossbar to move and the angle to be changed. Once again, simple design that elevates function through form to create something so visually appealing.
“Seeing the thin, stretching blades and beaded joints of the seaweed mirrored in the dynamic, lanky design of the Sorenthia, the connection between the two is obvious. The brass and steel components of the light fixture were chosen not only for their strength, but because they bring the organic quality of the design to an industrial realm. The result is a piece with a natural, flowing grace, but also a distinct, hard edginess. “There is an abruptness to the juxtaposition of the industrial and the organic that is peculiar and striking about this piece,” says Dunn. “The combination catches you off guard, but also exudes an inherent elegance.” Asher Dunn