Lighting Design

Chopped. Nugget Hollow from NuxNux Design.


A friend of mine sent me a link to the Nugget Hollow table from HUXHUX Design, and I have to say I am quite taken with it. What appears to be such a simple shape and minimalist piece of furniture, is actually pretty complex when you think about the joinery need to make this work. Two corners are removed from the box to allow light to escape. The corners are removed at a 45 degree angle, with a mitered 45 degree angle leading into the center. I guarantee you that is not an easy task to cut and assemble. I love the sculptural, geometric shape with the color and fill emanating from the inside. Each table is hand made from solid birch and finished in Carbon or Glacier White. The interiors are stained in Acid Green, Sky Blue and Nu Orange. If you want it, you can buy it here for a cool $515.00.

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Year of Design: 2013
Description: Side table / Stool/ Lamp
Country of Manufacture: USA, crafted by hand in NYC
Finish: Varies, see below
Dims: 18 x 18 x 18″
Packaging: 24 x 24 x 24″

Exterior Finish Options: Carbon, Glacier
Interior Finish Options: Acid Green, Sky Blue, Nu Orange

The Appeal of Peel Light.

This minimalist lighting design from Tokyo based designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto from studio YOY shows a bit of whimsy while keeping things clean and unobtrusive. The fixture illuminates through a space that looks as though the wall has been peeled back at the corner. Fitting flat to the wall surface the lamp blends into its surroundings and creates an optical illusion at night. In a dark room the fixture could almost be treated as an architectural detail.

Ono and Yamamoto used OLED as the light source in order to get the fixture as thin as possible and still produce enough light to be a solid source of illumination. The fixture is also designed so that the cord travels down the corner channel of the wall joint. That it won’t stand out and the fixture disappears into the plane of the wall surfaces.






Pencil Light, by Caroline Olsson.

Caroline Olsson’s Pencil Light is a lamp and a container. Something about it vaguely reminds me of the main character in Wall-e, or Luxo Jr. but that doesn’t bother me one bit. The purpose of the lamp is to ” accentuate your stationery, and has the desire to encourage you to write and draw more analog.” according to the designer. I can relate to this, since my day job is working as a designer for a company that produces ink on paper products.

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The lamp is made from birch wood, and features copper and brass screw mechanisms that allow the light to be adjusted to a variety of positions. The box below functions as a container for your writing and drawing implements of choice, and when not in use the light can be closed to hide everything.

Materials: birch, aluminium, steel, copper, copper and brass.
Light: LED bulb.

Photographer: Kaja Bruskeland


I don’t speak Czechoslovakian ( Československo, Česko-Slovensko as it is also known.) but thankfully BROKIS has an english version of their website. I’m glad because this morning while trolling for lighting for the new place I came across their “Balloon Lamps”. Like their name suggests Balloon is a glass balloon that suspends a reflective saucer which acts as the light refractor.

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The lamps come in three sizes ranging from large to small, the largest measuring 33.5 inches tall and the smallest just over 15.  The refractive saucers come in 6 colors and the glass comes in clear or smoked. I have to say I’m really liking smoked with an orange saucer.

Balloons is a collection of unique simple timeless lights that are originally based on an idea of transparent invisible balloon with a floating reflector. This series is compounded from one table model and two floor models creating an ambient artistic object. The biggest piece of the collection is pushed to the limits in a sense of possible dimensions of hand made blown glass. The look and the idea of the clear translucent pieces fully provide a magical and fascinating clarity of glass.