14 spectacular lamps unveiled at the London Design Festival

October 6, 2017 by  
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Lighting designers are constantly pushing the envelope with new materials, technologies and applications – and this year’s London Design Festival was awash in innovative designs. From an air-purifying algae chandelier to a lamp powered by melting ice and a series of pendant lights made from mushrooms , read on for our favorite finds from this year’s shows. Exhale Chandelier by Julian Melchiorri When is a chandelier more than just a chandelier? When it’s literally alive! Julian Melchiorri ‘s ‘Exhale’ chandelier is filled with algae that absorb CO2 and release fresh oxygen into any interior space. It’s also incredibly beautiful, with delicate green ‘leaves’ that optimize sun exposure to help the algae grow. Frost Light by EDHV Studio EDHV Studio’s Frost Light is powered by melting ice! A chunk of ice is set on a block of solid aluminum, and as it melts it generates enough electricity to power a small LED for 3 hours. Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot Flynn Talbot’s Reflection Room is mind blowing. One side of the mirrored hallway is bathed in orange light, while the other is lit in blue. Where the two sides meet, a gradient of color is born. Fuchsia Lamps by Macmaster Design Macmaster Design ‘s new Fuchsia lamps look like hanging, flowers in bloom – and they’re made from FSC-certified black walnut and white oak. Voronoi III Lamp by Tala Tala just launched their largest sculptural light yet at the London Design Festival. The Voronoi III is inspired by patterns found in treetops, and its LED filament is modeled after the Fibonacci sequence. Tree Lights by Tamasine Osher Tamasine Osher ‘s gorgeous hand-turned Tree Lights are made of salvaged wood harvested from naturally fallen trees. The delicate patterns are caused by naturally occurring fungus that develops over a span of 2-3 years. I.Rain Helene Chandelier by Blackbody and Haviland Blackbody teamed up with Haviland to unveil a spectacular chandelier made from 145 OLED lights. Each light is nested within a porcelain cup embellished with “Matignon” white with gold patterns. Morphe Lamp by Crea-Re These beautiful lamps by Crea-Re look almost like colored stone – but they’re made from paper mâché! Maria Fiter crafts each lamp using recycled newspaper, natural pigments, and ecologically certified water-based glue. Lungplant by Tim van Cromvoirt Tim van Cromvoirt ‘s luminous Lungplant slowly expands and exhales like a living creature. He designed the lamp to reduce stress and create a meditative environment that encourages you to become aware of the tempo of your own breathing. Thea Kuta Lamp by Elisa Bortolussi These Thea Kuta lamps emerged out of Elisa Bortolussi’s desire to use yarn as an alternative tool for painting. The lamps are handmade from 100% wool, and their precise geometry and depth of color is dazzling. Mycelium + Timber Lamps by Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova These lamps are made of mushrooms! Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova found a way to pair mushroom mycelium with freshly cut wood waste to create a collection of sustainable furnishings. Stacked Glassware Lamps by New Citizen Design These beautiful pendant lights from New Citizen Design appear to be sculpted from glass – until a closer look reveals that they’re made of cups, bowls and plates! Designers Mayan Pesach and Sander Wassink salvage old glassware and combine it in unexpected ways – and each piece is unique. Panam Panama lamp by Lea Baert Lea Baert’s Panam Panama project transforms old fan grills into stunning lamps. Baert worked with communities of Panamanian craftspeople to develop the design using locally-sourced fibers. Upon returning to France, she updated the project with materials sourced locally in Paris. Atlas Light by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio Ladies & Gentlemen teamed up with Seattle-based artist and glass designer John Hogan to create the Atlas Light. This handcrafted lamp consists of an iridescent glass sphere flecked with gold leaf and set on a brass base. + London Design Week

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Magical Frost Light burns on the power of melting ice

September 26, 2017 by  
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Watching ice melt has never been cooler. Dutch architecture firm Edhv Studio transforms melting ice into electricity in Frost Light, a beautiful and brilliant lamp that harnesses the power of natural energy. The renewable light source taps into the magic of thermodynamics and shows how energy can be harvested from unexpected places. Frost Light is made up of four main components: an LED with hidden wires inside a metal plate, a block of ice, a base of solid aluminum, and a long metal funnel that extends to an upturned ice block mold. When the ice block is set on the metal plate, the melting process and resulting temperature difference generates enough electricity to power an LED for approximately three hours. The water drips down the funnel into a bucket that serves as a mold for new ice blocks. Related: Incredible ICEHOTEL shows off stunning fantasy-like rooms carved from ice and snow Frost Light was created as part of design collective Dutch Invertuals’ Power Play, an exhibition that addresses how natural energy can be transformed into valuable products or objects. The eye-catching melting ice lamp also made a recent appearance as part of Dutch Invertuals’ Harvest exhibition for futuristic designs at the London Design Fair earlier this month. + Edhv Studio

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Taste the future with IKEAs SPACE10 LOKAL hydroponic food pop-up in London

September 12, 2017 by  
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Ever wondered what the future of food looks like? IKEA’s SPACE10 lab believes food production will be smarter and more efficient, and they’re going to show us how with their LOKAL pop up in Shoreditch. Set to launch during the London Design Festival next week, the six-day LOKAL pop-up will be an interactive public event that lets the public “enjoy a taste of the future” with their high-tech hydroponics farm and gastronomic workshops that sustainably serve up delicious and nutritious food, right where it’s grown. Hydroponics is at the heart of LOKAL. The highlight of the pop-up will be a hydroponics farming system with artificial lights and computerized automation that grows food optimized for freshness, nutrients, and taste. SPACE10’s system can grow vegetables three times faster than traditional methods with 90 percent less water, less waste, and without the need for soil and sunlight in a much more space-efficient footprint. Modified LED lights allow for year-round indoor growing and the system will be run solely on renewable energy in the future. In addition, smart sensors on the system facilitate machine learning so that healthier food can be grown faster while the data is fed into Google Home. “People [can] basically talk to the plants and hear how they are doing, if they need anything or simply let kids and grownups learn about sustainable food,” said Simon Caspersen of SPACE10. Related: Incredible Algae Dome absorbs sun and CO2 to produce superfood and oxygen The six-day LOKAL pop-up program is open to the public and features five parts with a mixture of hosts starting with SPACE10’s LOKAL Salads, where visitors can find a futuristic salad bar that provides meals of hydroponic microgreens topped with delicious locally sourced ingredients. Hirsch & Mann will host the tactile Meet Your Greens section that playfully educates about the benefits of locally sourced food and hydroponics. Technology Will Save Us ’ Grow Your Greens Workshop is a hands-on activity for kids where they’ll learn to grow their own take-away plant hydroponically. The Food Preservation Workshop hosted by Farmdrop focuses on the latter half of the food cycle with lessons on reducing food waste and how fermentation preserves food. SPACE10 will also host SPROUT, an experiment to make local farming more accessible to people with voice technology. The LOKAL pop-up will run September 18 to September 23—you can find more details on their Facebook event page . + LOKAL Pop up + SPACE10 Images via SPACE10

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15 brilliant green lamps for a brighter future

September 29, 2016 by  
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Origami Lampshade by Foldability We’ve covered Foldability ‘s gorgeous origami lanterns since 2013, so we were thrilled to see designer Kyla McCallum unveil several brand new lamps at the London Design Festival . Her Toby pendant is made from 30 sheets of hand-folded Italian parchment paper, while the Audrey lamp is made from 115 squares of parchment. Fire Ring OLED Chandelier by Blackbody Blackbody ‘s spectacular Fire Ring chandelier is made from hundreds of low-energy OLED lamps. Although Fire Ring is a custom installation, the lighting company has opened a showroom in New York City and it’s prepared to launch its beautiful lights in stores and online. Voronoi LED Bulb by Tala LED Edison bulbs are sweeping the market for good reason – they cast the same lovely glow as their energy-sucking incandescent counterparts, and they last up to 15 times longer. Tala ‘s beautiful Voronoi bulbs are sculpted to resemble the patterns formed by forest canopies, and the company plants 10 trees for every 200 bulbs it sells. Tube Lamp Clock by Lambert Kamps Ok, this is the most elaborate #clock we've ever seen. Lambert Kamps' gigantic art installation displays the time with moving #pneumatic tubes. @designersblock #design #art #time #lighting #lamp #ldf #ldf2016 #londondesignfestival A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:10am PDT Sun Memories Lamp by Olive Lab What if you could capture the light from a spectacular sunset and replay it at home? That’s the idea behind Olive Lab’s Sun Memories Lamp , which allows you to record lighting conditions throughout the day with a portable sensor. When you get home, synch the sensor to the clock and it will replay the color and intensity of light that you captured. Vita On Tour Mobile Showroom Vita is taking its lighting collection on the road – by creating a living room on wheels! The Vita On Tour project transformed an everyday truck into a glazed greenhouse decked out with lamps and modern decor. Pure Mold LED Lamp by BMIX Studio These lovely little desk lamps pair an energy-efficient LED bulb with a sculptural base made from asbestos-free certified cement. Each light is 100% handmade by Korea-based BMIX Studio . The Ribbon OLED Lamp by Min Sang Cho London-based lighting artist Min Sang Cho explores the potential of flexible OLEDs with his mind-bending Ribbon lamp. The hand-crafted light is made from 3D-printed materials, and it’s set in a stunning mirrored enclosure that multiplies its twisting form. Hibiscus Globe by Lamp Kate Colin Glasgow-based Kate Colin was inspired by her mathematician father’s handmade polyhedra models, and she developed an innovative technique for creating hand-scored, folded paper lanterns. Her Hibiscus Globe light is made from FSC-certified, acid-free paper, and it’s available in a range of colors. YB13.5 Lamp by Yellow Broom Yellow Broom strives to use locally-sourced, traceable timber to create zero-waste products. We love the graceful curves of their YB13.5 Lamp , which projects a luminous halo when it’s switched on. Desert Storm Lamp by Nir Meiri Nir Meiri uses natural materials to create exceptional lights and furnishings. His Desert Storm Lamps are made almost entirely from molded sand, and they’re fitted with LED bulbs that cast a warm glow. Paper Origami Lamp by Zhang Qian Paper Origami Lamp by Zhang Qian We've never seen a lamp move like this before. Zhang Qian's beautiful paper lanterns expand and contract while glowing brighter and softer, creating the impression that they're living, breathing things. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on Sep 21, 2016 at 5:56am PDT Moka Lamp by Beau Birkett Beau Birkett ‘s Moka Lamp is a bright idea with a shot of caffeine. The clever task light is made from a coffee pot and a vegetable rack found at a secondhand charity shop. Carbon Fiber Lamp by Hypetex Several years ago Hypetex unveiled the world’s first colored carbon fiber chair – and the brand just debuted a sculptural new light made from the same revolutionary material. Manta lamps by Ross Lovegrove Ross Lovegrove’s Manta lamps look like graceful sea creatures flying overhead. The lamps are lit entirely with low-energy LEDs, and they bathe their surroundings in soft, diffused light. + London Design Festival Coverage Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat

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These kaleidoscopic vases turn a single flower into a bouquet

September 28, 2016 by  
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Saltik is a part of Form & Seek , a collective of young designers with the mission of creating new ways of looking at the world. The OP-vase collection features a unique pattern of carefully crafted cuts to magnify the beauty of the flowers placed underneath. Each piece is cut by hand in Istanbul, making each colorful vase one of a kind. Related: Hamanishi Design combines 3D modeling and traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful flower vases The glass structures fit around flowers in a traditional vase, mimicking a kaleidoscope in the way they distort the image. A single flower becomes a vibrant bouquet to the observer, including those visiting the London Design Festival last week. By intensifying the simple elegance of nature’s blossoms, OP-vases could easily make their way onto many gardeners’ and decor-lovers’ wish lists. +Form & Seek , Bilge Nur Saltik +London Design Festival Images via Form & Seek

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These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors

September 27, 2016 by  
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The Pikaplant Jar is the perfect accessory for the black-thumbed gardener, as it never needs watering. The high humidity atmosphere is contained inside the sealed jar, creating a sustainable recycling of air and water. The coffea arabica plant featured in the design is indigenous to Ethiopia’s western highlands, yet the company claims one of the original prototypes in its Amsterdam office for over 12 months. Related: Gorgeous self-watering green walls add life and fresh air to any room Also in the Pikaplant family is the Tableau tray, a successfully funded Kickstarter project. A steel base holds three ceramic pots and a water reservoir, creating an open-air and self-watering masterpiece. Pikaplant One is the company’s stunning vertical garden , equipped with a passive irrigation system. The three shelf-high installation uses biomimicry , borrowing from the wet-dry cycle of ground water and trusting the plants to know how much water they need and when. Pikaplant Jars were located at designjunction at the London Design Festival 2016 this year, in its new King’s Cross location, along with Blackbody’s fierce FIRE RING chandelier . +Pikaplant +London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Pikaplant

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Donald Trump gaslights the world by denying his "climate change is a Chinese hoax" tweet

September 27, 2016 by  
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In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. In last night’s presidential debate, he gaslit the entire world by denying he ever said that. What the Republican nominee seems to repeatedly forget is that anyone with an internet connection can fact-check his nonsense and discover that, for someone who doesn’t believe in global warming , he sure has made some big investments in protecting his seaside properties from it. The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 Last night’s first presidential debate featured an unprepared, rambling, and interrupting Donald – “vintage Trump,” as one CNN correspondent called it – bumbling his way through failing to explain his birther movement gusto, claiming Black and Hispanic Americans are “ living in hell ,” and bragging how he is “smart” for not paying federal income taxes , all the while complaining that NATO partners don’t pay their “fair share.” Yet, the most easily debunked falsehood that tumbled from his mouth could be that he “did not” claim climate change is a hoax perpetuated by China. Related: Donald Trump believes California farmers who say “there is no drought” His tweet from 2012 is, miraculously, still up on his Twitter profile for anyone to see, despite claims that his campaign was desperately trying to delete it during the debate. A writer shared an image that the original tweet “is no longer available,” yet this may have been due to a bug. It was a believable misdeed, however, seeing as he did delete the following tweet on September 11 of last year: “I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.” It is mind-boggling how anyone over the age of 5 can believe if they deny something hard enough, it will be as if it never happened. But even more revealing of Trump’s magical thinking, deceitful tactics, and disdainful opinion of the American public’s attention span is the fact that, despite being a climate change denier , he has applied for permission to construct a coastal wall to protect his Ireland golf course from “global warming and its effects.” According to Politico , the application cites an Irish government study that predicts a rising rate of erosion: “the existing erosion rate will continue and worsen, due to sea level rise, in the next coming years, posing a real and immediate risk to most of the golf course frontage and assets.” His Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago estate is also being slowly swallowed by the sea . The Washington Post reports, “He’s tweeted 101 times about global warming, according to a  new archive  of all of Trump’s tweets from 2009 to the present. The  vast majority of those  tweets claim in some way that global warming is a hoax.” While he is calling verifiable and catastrophic climate change “ bullshit ,” “a total hoax,” and “psuedoscience,” he is simultaneously investing in ways to shelter his property from its effects. It’s safe to assume, however, that if he were confronted with these inconsistencies he would reply, “No, I’m not.” Via The Washington Post , The Los Angeles Times , Politico Images via  Flickr

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Natural Brookwater bottles use activated carbon and volcanic rock to purify and enhance drinking water

September 26, 2016 by  
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The Sylva biofilter is Sigal’s original creation, a biodegradable tool of simple design. The filter is meant to remineralize and purify water slowly, at the patient speed of nature. Trace elements are invited back into water as odors and contaminants are extracted. Volcanic rock, activated carbon , and other organic materials make up the uncluttered product’s ingredient list, which is said to improve the taste and quality of drinking water. Related: Living biofilters could use bacteria to help manage methane emissions The back-to-basics essence of the Sylva filter is expanded to create the Brookwater bottles. The experimental product allows for purification on the go, offering a more natural alternative to ocean-clogging plastic. Sigal says of the Brookwater bottles, “The aim is to give prominence to the relationship between nature, science and design to create a multi-faceted material that is harmless to the planet while acting upon the water.” The experimental design was spotted alongside the Sylva filter at Tent London . + Brook Sigal + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Brook Sigal

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BUG BUG cutlery set might just make you want to eat insects

September 26, 2016 by  
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Including protein-packed insects in our diets will help us deal with a future food-nightmare scenario , as insects are widely available and take only 8-10% of the resources needed for the production of meat. BUG BUG was designed as a response to a large-scale food crisis predicted for 2050 . The set comprises all sorts of unique utensils, including a pair of claw-like cutlery that fits over the fingertips to mimic birds’ beaks. There are also chopstick with a pin-end for skewering, a multi-use spork for the little bits, and a textured spoon for crushing the hard parts. Related: The world is perilously close to global food shock Crafted from a combination of ceramic, stainless steel and cherry blossom wood, the utensils are elegant and durable. The plates are made from porcelain but resemble stone, to fit in a picnic environment. An easy-to-carry piñatex roll case with bark cloth lining completes the set designed for a future al-fresco dinning scenario. We spotted Wataru Kobayashi’s innovative BUG BUG at London Design Festival’s Designersblock . + Wataru Kobayashi + London Design Festival Photos by Wataru Kobayashi and Mike Chino for Inhabitat

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YOD Studio adds gorgeous new cabins to Ukraine’s forested Relax Park Verholy

September 26, 2016 by  
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Clad in vertical strips of different-shades, the cabins blend with the pine forest without disrupting its beauty. Each cabin was prefabricated using lightweight materials and stands on stilts to protect the forest’s existing root system. Related: YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine An open-plan design , natural materials and minimalist palette ensure peaceful interiors that invite guests to relax. Large glazed doors frame the forest, and when open, welcoming woodland scents indoors. The bathroom area is enclosed with a two-way, floor-to-ceiling glass wall that is dark on the inside for privacy, and frosted on the outside to allow natural light to permeate the interiors. + YOD Studio Via Architizer Photos by Andre Avdeenko

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