The studio finds it more and more rewarding to examine the types of objects where design is either ignored or heavily compromised, so it was our choice to examine the world of emergency torches. It’s a particularly popular product in Japan, due to the country's earthquake proximity. The existing configurations of these types of product are often illogical and also visually too brash for something that spends most of its life in a wall socket.
The Lite Plug is plugged into a wall socket to become a nightlight, with the front lens pushed down to reveal both a light and motion sensor. As the room gets darker, a single LED emits a soft glow. When someone walks past, all 3 LED's light up, making the room a little brighter.
In an emergency, the Lite Plug senses power failure with all LED's turning on. The nightlight can then be pulled out to become a torch, with the front lens being pushed up for extra brightness.
Less and More, the work of Dieter Rams, Design Museum London, 2011
Turn, Twist and Branch Off, Aram Store, London, 2011
Some Recent Projects, Design Museum London, 2008
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Dalston is influenced by lamps commonly found in workshops and warehouses in London and many other cities. These lamps display an honesty and practicality. They are durable and structurally simple. Dalston refines and updates these qualities with the latest energy efficient LED light source, directing light both downwards as well as softly illuminating its outside shade. The materials and construction are equally simple and duarble. An anodised die-cast aluminium lamp holder acts as an efficient heat-sink that dissipates any heat generated, and also as a holder for different types of shade in both glass and metal.
Dalston is available in all RAL colours, allowing for over 1,000 colour combinations where interior and lamp can be co-ordinated by the customer.
Ode Lamp Program
The Ode lamp program was first discussed during the development of the Locale furniture system in 2013. Herman Miller and Industrial Facility saw an opportunity to create a collection of energy efficient LED lamps of different heights and sizes, that could be either freestanding or mounted to a variety of surfaces, such as countertops, credenzas, tables or communal desks. The family of accent lighting includes table lamps, freestanding floor lamps, and surface-integrated lamps in both black and white. Soft, anti-glare LEDs and spun steel shades create a pool of diffused illumination. The lamp involves a dynamic proximity switch - wether the lamp is freestanding or integrated into a surface, the lamp can simply be touched for on and off control anywhere on its surface.
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.
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.
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Introducing Industrial Facility w152