I'd be rather happy to welcome Ligne Roset's new charmer the Peye floor lamp to my home- ideally in multiples. Designed by France's two designers and an architect trio, Numéro 111, both the Peye and its matching table lamp Olive should be available later this year.
WHATSWHAT is a Swedish design trio composed of John Astbury, Bengt Brummer and Karin Wallenbeck. Greta is a pendant lamp with an ingenious pleated lampshade that changes shape by pulling a metal drawstring. Now carried by Svenskt Tenn, Greta was actually designed by the trio while they were working on their master's degrees at Konstfack University (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) in Sweden.
The designer for Moooi's new Heracleum LED pendant light is credited as Bertjan Pot 2010 powered through Electrosandwich by Marcel Wanders 2010. Hmmmmm. Okay. Possible translation: a stunning new pendant by the charming Bertjan Pot, brought to you by technology devised by Mr. Wanders. FYI, all the delicate pod-like leaves can be repositioned by rotating them on their stems.
Sorry I've been MIA! I'm finally over a horrible cold and hope to blog at least once more this week.
I've bookmarked so many lovely things that were featured in Milan, thinking I'd showcase this 'n that over the next few weeks, but I can't help myself! Here's a grouping of good stuff; let's call it Best of Milan 2011, part 1:
Il Salone del Mobile 2011, top to bottom:
Muuto's super-adorable and squambly* Bulky sugar bowl from the Bulky collection by Jonas Wagell
Cappellini's Tafelstukken table lamp by Daphna Laurens, part of a 3-piece collection of lamps that incorporate useful bowls for mini-storage and safekeeping
Established & Sons Takeaway; challenging the theory that what's inside the box is more interesting than the container itself- in a Tobi Wong-esque way. Charming.
The Bouroullec Brothers new & covetable creature is all set to replace old-school classics like Vitra's Eames House Bird and Kay Bojensen's Monkey for Rosendahl. He's called L‘Oiseau and will be manufactured by Vitra
The Balance desk lamp is quite clever and rather beautiful too. Designed by Nathalie Dewez, this clean, simple-looking light is being manufactured by Established & Sons and was featured by them at Euroluce in Milan. The trick? Its tubular base is weighted, keeping the LED stable and allowing you to rest it on your work area or balance it on an elevated surface. No need to worry that an unintended nudge will send it tumbling to the ground- give it a poke and it'll merely pivot slowly for you, counterbalanced to perfection.
I've got a bit of a crush. I wrote about this fascinating fella for a local paper last Fall and it's now available on the market. I'm beyond eager to get my paws on one. Though, at +/-$50 a pop, I may be alone in line. Wait for the scoop before you dismiss me as super-foolish! First, look how handsome!:
The future of lighting is the GE Energy Smart® LED bulb, the product of great minds tackling the flaws inherent to CFCs and LEDs.
If you're like me, you totally embraced compact fluorescents long ago. You replaced all your incandescents with them and then tried really hard to love 'em. Unfortunately, they don't work seamlessly with dimmers (more like not at all), some don't turn on quickly, taking their sweet time to achieve full brightness, and the light they give off is harsh. Oh, and because of the mercury found within each bulb, they require careful recycling. CFCs have left consumers underwhelmed.
LEDs have their own set of issues, most notably, the fact that their light is super directional. Forget mood lighting, lighting a room, or even illuminating a corner; LEDs have traditionally functioned best as spotlights. As for incandescents, the fact they're crap for the environment is old news: they give off more energy in heat than light, etc., etc.
Enter GE and their new Energy Smart® LED bulb. Our new best hope! The stats: They've got a 25,000 hour rated lifetime, which means they will last an astounding average of 22.8 years, 3x longer than the CFCs we're trying to be happy with, 25x longer than incandescents. At 9 watts, it gives off 40W worth of light, saving you 75% in energy costs. It has no filament to break, no mercury to recycle. As an omnidirectional LED "replacement" bulb, it fits in traditional light sockets. And as for the omnidirectional part- it doesn't just light in one direction, the way LEDs normally do; this new LED casts light in all directions: up, down, all around.
Still not convinced? Here's GE's money breakdown: $4.82/year to operate a traditional 40W incandescent, $1.08/ year for The Energy Smart® LED.
Hopefully they'll become more affordable in the next few years, but until then you can't deny that it's a good conversation piece. And he's rather good looking too- don't you think?
How adorable is Binic, Foscarini's newest addition? Full of character, this little lamp is inspired by the windsocks of ships and named after a lighthouse in Brittany, home turf of designer Ionna Vautrin. Binic is perfect on a desk or nightstand, and is available in six gorgeous hues.
Dutch designer Paula Arntzen has designed three fantastic pieces for Artecnica, slated for release in October. All are made from strips of material and are inspired by Versailles. La Couronne, French for the Crown, may have a shape reminiscent of a palace chandelier, but is made from hyper-modern materials: two layers of thin, reflective copper foil. Named after the palaces found on the grounds of Versailles, (Petit Trianon being Marie Antoinette's private property and oasis), Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon are texturized and made from Tyvek paper; sure to glow beautifully when lit.