Friday, 24 February 2012

Some of my favorite lamps

Here are some of my favorite lamp designs- some are iconic pieces that are instantly recognizable and others may be less well known, but still much loved by me.

1. Tolomeo Task Lamp by Michele De Lucchi for Artemide(1987)
The iconic Tolomeo task light is a perfect marriage of design and engineering.

2. Arco Lamp by Achille Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1962)
Beautiful, elegant,  functional and timeless- these words best describe the Acro lamp.

3. Signal Lamp by Jean-Louis Domecq, France (1950)
The Signal Lamp has a fun, quirky, vintage appeal and is one of my favorites.

4. Archimoon by Philippe Starck, for Flos, Italy (2000)
With it’s silver aluminum arm and fabric shade, the Archimoon exudes understated elegance.

5. Grasshopper Lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman (1947)
This modern, functional lamp has a decidedly vintage appeal that would look quite trendy in a modern, minimal setting.

6. PH5 Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen (1958)
Made from spun aluminum and sand-blasted glass, the pendant was designed to hang low above a table. The best part of this design is that regardless of how the lamp is installed, it is completely glare-free.

7. Beat Light Fat by Tom Dixon
Made from brass with a black external lacquer, this modern, minimally designed lamp was inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional water vessels on the subcontinent.

8. Calimero Oversized Pendant Lamp by Cattelan Italia
This lamp is a little retro, a little modern and a lot sexy. I know it’s a bit shiny and reflective but it would look great in a contemporary, minimalist space.

9. Nizam Brass Lamp by Viya Home
These lamps scream opulence and luxury and are a contemporary twist on traditional Indian motifs.

10. Recycled Artichoke Paper Lamp by
Allison Patrick
Each of New York based architect, Allison Patrick’s hanging fixtures is hand-made, unique and made from scrap material- a cool idea and a really funky design.

11. Wood Lamp by Studio TAF
Honesty in design is the idea behind this lamp, designed by Swedish design & architectural studio TAF for Scandinavian design company Muuto.  Another one of my favorites- I love its minimal simplicity and almost toy like character.

12. Anglepoise Lamp by George Carwardine (1933)
Inspired by the constant tension principle of human limbs, this is a truly iconic lamp.

13. Akari 3A Lamp by Isamu Noguchi (1951)
This classic is a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form.

14. Artichoke Lamp by Poul Henningsen (1958)
PH Artichoke is a 360-degree glare free lamp created by 72 leaves. The PH Artichoke is considered to be a classical masterpiece even today.

15. David Trubridge Coral Pendant Lamp
Inspired from coral, this form is based on the structure of a geometric polyhedron made from delicate Pine plywood fastened together by aluminum or plastic rivets.  This lamp comes into its own when soft light shines through its skeletal frame casting surreal shadows on darkened walls.

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