Lights

Christian Troels Mutatio Lamp

Look at the Mutatio Lamp, created by Danish designer Christian Troels. What an elegant expression of form, going from a minimalist black cylinder, to an angled abstract shape.  In its closed state the lamp is a nondescript cylinder. Just a black tube that doesn’t reveal its true purpose. As it opens up, it not only makes apparent its functionality, and taking on a familiar yet new shape for a table lamp. When open it feels so familiar, yet visually fresh. Christian Troels’ Mutatio Lamp goes from simple to magical and playful in one motion. It looks like it is constructed aluminum, or steel, and painted black. Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot of information on his website, and nothing about where or if it can actually be purchased. Which is to bad, because I think these would be a hot item.

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Just In Time For Your Weekend, BlinkDrink.

It’s Friday, your weekend is about to begin, and for many people that means bars, nightclubs, and possibly drinking. To improve your overall bar/drinking experience Brad Simpson has created BlinkDrink. This iPhone app does one thing, it lights up your drink to the beat of the music you are listening to. You know you want it. So go get it here.

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.

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Balloons.

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.

100 Watts of LED Goodness.

When my house was built, all of the recessed lighting had Compact Florescent bulbs installed. I love the idea of using the highly efficient bulbs to reduce my energy consumption, but I hate the fact that the bulbs themselves are kind of dirty. By that I mean they are not easily recycled due to chemicals needed to make the bulbs work. This is why I have been waiting for an LED based bulb that would put out enough light that I could replace all of the Compact Florescent bulbs with.

Today at the 2011 LIGHTFAIR in Philadelphia Switch revealed its new LED bulb that produces the same amount of light as a 100 watt incandescent bulb, but uses far less energy, and features Switch’s integrated self cooling system trademarked “City of Light” for maximum light output. One of the things I really like about these is the fact that they are 100 percent recyclable, with all components used in the manufacturing process capable of being recycled, reused or reclaimed.

No word on pricing yet, but they are expected to hit store shelves in the next month.