Industrial Facility w152
Industrial Facility w152 moves Swedish lighting company Wästberg into new territory: electronics in combination with light. Modern lighting has now become unrecognisable - no longer the subject of only electricity. Printed circuit boards, micro-chips and diodes are now staple ingredi- ents, providing greater control, conserving energy and with longer lifespans. This transformation is a chance to establish new possibilities for the meeting point between light and electronics – that wherever light is supplied, power is often also required to charge our burgeoning devices. Industrial Facility's w152 is a lamp that also provides intelligent, universal power from three 3A USB outlets, detecting charging requirements and managing them at their fastest rate, however many devices are plugged in.
It is able to charge the latest generation of laptop computers. The lamp is available as freestand- ing, wall-mountable or integrated. The w152 illuminates and powers the office, the workshop, the library, the living room and the bedside table.
A table lamp with an undoubtedly programmatic name: in this design, we proceeded to eliminate the most characteristic of components for this type of lighting, namely the lamp base and the stem, instead resting an inverted molded glass cone directly onto a table surface. A further dematerialisation effect is determined by the transparency of the glass itself.
The lamp and electronics are held in a metal canopy within the glass cone, allowing it to appear as though it were suspended in mid-air. The deliberate reduction of these constituent elements brings with it a greater attention to details and finishes, in particular the rotary dimmer located at the top of the lamp, which is used at the same time for joining the metal and glass elements together. Rigorous yet poetic, Semplice acts as our first collaboration with Italy’s oldest lighting company.
Droog, The Netherlands
A one piece, silicone, soft moulding shade that slips over a fluorescent bulb. Flexlamp regards the engineered fluorescent bulb as no more than a filament, and in so doing, provides a union between this filament and a lighting shade. The project took considerable material and technical leaps, to achieve its seamless outline, spurring countless derivitive designs that continue to this day.
International Design Selection, 2003
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Found, Made, Thought, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2006
Beam Lighting Program
Established & Sons
When a child draws a light, they not only draw the source of the light, but also they try to draw the quality of light itself - as if light were an object. This simple idea is involved in 'Beam'. It's an illustration of light itself as it emanates from a metal shade. Using a contrasting pallette of spun metal and blown glass, Beam provides a combination of ambient and directional light, seamlessly combined. Beam is presented in variations of colour in the formats of pendant, table and floor lights.
Grand Design Award for Lighting, 2008
Some Recent Projects, Design Museum London, 2009
Turn, Twist and Branch Off, Aram Store, London, 2011