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Entries from the Design Blog in the light category.

  • The Pil pendant lamp was dreamed up by New Zealand-based product-design studio Designtree. It's an object that is both functionally and visually beautiful. They reference the pill shape and form, but the lights feel warm and modern instead of edgy and alternative.

    The lights are crafted with hand-turned logs from the Southland forests of New Zealand, and artisan blown glass forms the LED-lit dome, marrying "old-school craftsmanship with cutting-edge ... lighting technology to produce a beautifully rich sculptural piece."

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 11, 2012
  • Graphic designer Tommaso Guerra dabbles in industrial design, finding ways to incorporate found objects and alternative materials in his lighting projects. From exposed copper piping and teapots, to bottles and guitar bodies his projects could be seen as examples of craft and re-use, but they also exemplify creative thinking—seeing new purpose in an already practical object.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 2, 2012
  • The original plan for Naos came about as part of the "La Petite invite # Nuits Sonores" contemporary music Festival in Toulouse, France. Paper Donut originally designed the pendant as an interlocking paper structure. After seeing great interest in the pendant during and after the festival, Alexis Facca decided to produce the lamp on a larger scale in November of 2010. It's a great example of form meeting function.

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 27, 2012
  • Need something a little sleeker and/or different than the traditional fireplace? Fire Line aspires to be that and more—it's a biofireplace, the first remote-controlled long fireplace and is customized to fit the space in which it lives.

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    by Ward Andrews
    December 25, 2011
  • The Kuk Light from Leucos captures the feel of the season, namely ice and sparkle. The designer, Paolo Crepax, drew inspiration from his design's Finish namesake: the unique ice forms that emerge on the snowy fields of Scandanavia. Like snowflakes, each light is unique due to the intricate handiwork required for construction.

    Design, kuk, light

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    by Ward Andrews
    December 10, 2011
  • Lytro is soon-to-be released camera with some unique technology. Unlike conventional cameras that only capture single planes of light, the Lytro captures the entire light field, recording all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.

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    by Ward Andrews
    November 19, 2011
  • Sydney Cash is a New York sculptor who has pioneered techniques in glass manipulation to create his installation designs in light and shadow. The sculptures are dependent upon a variety of factors, such as angle, light and environment, and Sydney sees their creation as more of an evolution than a strict or strategic plan. It's pretty amazing how crisp and artistic the lines can be through an "analog" filter.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    November 1, 2011
  • Sponge is an outdoor ceramic light designed to mimic the form and texture of sea sponge. It's part of the Pott collection of "Unusual Pottery" objects made in Spain and designed by Miguel Angel Garcia Belmonte.

    The texture combined with the warm light they emit give the impression that they are natural objects, versus manmade, electric lamps. The lamps come in four diameters: 80, 60, 40 and 30cm. For more information, reference their Contact Page.

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    by Ward Andrews
    October 23, 2011
  • Dev Harlan, a New York-based multidisciplinary artist, creates sculptures that hover between object and light—physical and ephemeral. His first solo exhibition, Astral Flight Hangar, occupies two floors of the Christopher Henry Gallery (NY) and displays his hybrid video works, combining the physical and virtual through sculpture, light and projection.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    October 15, 2011
  • I love these mouth-blown glass lights by London-based product designer Benjamin Huberts.

    Labware is a floor and hanging lamp lighting line that seems to be inspired by its namesake. These would look great staged or hanging in groups or on their own, and the contrast of natural cork on smooth, sterile glass creates an interesting dynamic.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    August 13, 2011
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