Seeking a novel way to redesign a light switch while simultaneously retaining a functional and aesthetically pleasing object was the design challenge for Chinese designer Li Zan Wen. His solution was the Heng Balance Lamp, a fun desktop light that relies on a pair of magnets suspended on strings to pull an internal switch. The design concept won a Red Dot Design Award last year, and Allocacoc DesignNest is now lauching an edition of the lamp through Kickstarter.
When Tel Aviv-based designer Chen Bikovski was growing up she was fascinated by pop-up books, especially engaged with the immersive experience that came with the turn of each page. Interested in transforming this idea to work with her design practice, Bikovski founded Popup Lighting, a series of lamps that turn into magical creatures like deer and peacocks when illuminated.
“The idea behind Popup Lighting was to create a permanent light fixture that would bring a magical ambiance to any space,” said Bikovski on her website. “A multi-dimensional light that would inspire the senses and ignite the imagination.”
Bikovski’s fixtures seem like minimal aluminum sculptures until their light is switched on—the origami-like works suddenly appearing as deer or peacocks. Streams of light behind the lamps create the effect of horns and feathers, subtly casting patterns that make each work come alive.
Both of her designs can be found on the Popup Lighting shop in an array of colors. You can see more on her Instagram, while also taking a look at some light experiments with cacti that may soon join the shop! (via My Modern Met)
Japanese artist Yukio Takano (previously) has a knack for recreating the delicate properties of mushrooms with dyed resins illuminated from the inside with hidden LED lights. The electrical components are then hidden inside real driftwood bases that sometimes incorporate a fancy retro “on/off” switch. Takano first exhibited his lights 12 years ago and they now disappear as fast as he creates them. Unfortunately, the pieces are too delicate to ship overseas, so he only produces and sells them locally.
You can see a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio here (in Japanese) and see more photos of his more recent works on Tokyobling, Silver Shell Gallery, and ocasionally on his blog.
Harnessing the beauty of foraged firewood found in California’s forests without setting flame to the wood, LA-based designer Paul Foeckler produces lamps made from gathering trips for his appropriately named online shop Split Grain (previously). Utilizing precise slices, Foeckler transforms the cuts of wood into minimalist light sources, having each emit an inner glow from the wood’s form. The modern objects are either standalone or placed on an equally minimal base, allowing one to bring the beautiful shape and grain of the California woods indoors without sacrificing it to a fireplace. You can see more of Foeckler’s lighting designs in his Etsy shop or website. (via My Modern Met)
The Perch Light by London-based architect and designer Umut Yamac sits perfectly at the intersection of form and function: the bird-shaped light is made to look like a folded origami creation that’s illuminated from the inside. Made from actual synthetic paper, the elegant light is counterbalanced and rocks back and forth at the slightest touch or disturbance in the air. Yamac originally designed the light in 2014 as a limited edition of 20, but recently created a new chandelier-style configuration called the Perch Light Family for Moori that launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan. (via Cool Thing of the Day)
Product designer Oscar Lhermitte has collaborated with design studio Kudu to produce a topographically accurate lunar globe that turns along with the phases of the moon. MOON exists at a 1:20 million scale and was created with data from NASA to reveal all of the moon’s craters in precise detail. As the round light or “sun,” rotates around the globe, dramatic shadows are cast across its surface.
With three settings, you can manually twist the moon to the position you desire, place it on demo mode to let you see all phases in 30 seconds, or switch it to live mode to have the piece synchronize with the current position of the moon itself. In addition to a physical similarity to the moon, the globe also has an intrinsic connection to it. MOON’s computer system has the exact same memory as the Apollo 11 computers that landed the first men on the earth-orbiting giant.
You can check out more about the project on MOON’s Kickstarter. (via Faith is Torment)