Tag Archive | Lamp

Surface Tension Bubbles Lamp By Front

Four Bubbles
All Photos By Gail

Swedish design firm Front’s Surface Tension Lamp (2014) was the result of a collaboration with the Dutch design firm Booo. Asked to create a light that used LED technology, the group took a counter-intuitive approach.

Three Bubbles Long Shot

LED bulbs last an extremely long time, so [they wondered] could the lampshade itself be temporary? Front came up with a perfect symbol of ephemerality: the bursting soap bubble

Three Bubbles Different Angle

The three members of Front, Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren met while studying industrial design at Konstfack, Stockholm’s leading art school. As a trio of women, they have attracted attention in an industrial design world still overwhelmingly populated by men, but they do not feel that gender is necessarily a part of their work’s content.

Two Bubbles
Three Bubbles

On display at the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, the Surface Tension Lamp produces bubbles intermittently throughout the day.

Fallen Bubbles

Cinderella Table and Attracted to Light Lamp

Cinderella Table and Attracted to Light Lamp
All Photos By Gail

If you have timed tickets to the Bjork Songlines exhibit and need to kill a couple of hours at MOMA while you wait, be sure to visit the third floor Architecture and Design Galleries, many of which have just recently been restaged!

That’s where you’ll find Geoffrey Mann’s Attracted to Light hanging lamp (2005). According to the designer “Attracted to Light narrates the erratic behavior of a moth upon the stimulus of light.” The insect’s path through the air is captured using cinematic technology and materialized through rapid prototyping (also called 3D printing), a process by which computer-controlled lasers solidify liquid or powdered resin layer by layer to create a three-dimensional rendering of a digital design – in this case forming a delicate hanging lamp.

Attracted to Light Lamp
Attracted to Light (Detail)

The design is part oh Mann’s Long Exposure series, which also features lamps based on the trajectories of a bird in flight, taking off, and landing.

Just under the lamp you’ll find the Cinderella Table (2004) by Dutch designer Jeroen Verhoeven for his firm Demakersvan (“The Makers of”). With this table, Demakersvan merged traditional and advanced manufacturing techniques. Using computer software, they translated sketches of the profiles of two tables into digital drawings and then made a rendering representing the two morphing into each other.

Next, using computer-driven woodcutting machines normally employed for mass production, they fabricated the drawing as a three-dimensional object, in thin vertical sections out of sheets of birch. Each slice was glued by hand to the next, forming a unique piece of furniture.
Cinderella Table
Cinderella Table Detail

Cinderella Table

Artichoke Lamp

Artichoke Lamp
Photo By Gail

The PH Artichoke Hanging Lamp (1958) was designed by Danish designer Paul Henningsen,  and manufactured by Louis Poulsen & Co. It is made from bent copper, steel and enameled metal and looks just  spectacular!

Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp employs copper leaves attached to a metal framework to suggest the actual plant. The resulting composition creates industrial-looking, uniform layered planes while evoking a naturally occurring structure.

I  recently passed by the office building at 11 West 19th Street, where I once worked well over a decade ago, and saw that they now have these lamps installed in the lobby.

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.

Rack of Lamp

Breast Lamp with Chair
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Chamber is a cool design store on West 23rd Street that I’ve been wanting to visit since the summer, but it closes at 6 PM and I’m usually just getting to that neighborhood around that time for a gallery opening. This past Saturday, I made a point to get there early enough to check out the intriguing wares at this fun boutique devoted to exclusive, limited editions and unique works of art and design.

From the street you can see the soft glow of this Tit Lamp by Venini and Studio Job, which is crafted of Hand-Blown Murano Glass, Gold Plated Steel and Led, and available in an edition of 30. Pictured above with the comfy looking New Alphabet Chair by Wim Crouwel and Theo Ruth.

Breast Lamp

Chamber is Located at 515 W. 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Visit them online at Chamber NYC Dot Com.