13 groundbreaking lighting innovations from NY Design Week

June 6, 2017 by  
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Of all the fields of industrial design, lighting seems to evolve the quickest as designers harness innovations in materials, manufacturing, and technology. We recently hit the shows of NYCxDesign to bring you a first look at some of the world’s freshest lighting designs – including lamps that sustain life, wild experiments with new materials, and interactive lamps that respond to touch, movement, and music. Check out 13 of our favorite lighting innovations from Sight Unseen Offsite , Wanted Design , and ICFF after the break. Reflected Sequence LED Lamp by Frederike Top Dutch designer Frederike Top has developed an amazing collection of lights and mobiles made from a new material that combines acrylate with iridescent foil. Her Reflected Sequence Table Lamp consists of a single LED bar slatted with sheets of acrylate that reflect the light and make it appear to branch off into complex geometric forms. The material’s foil backing makes the lamp appear to change color and shape depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Globe Terrarium Lights by Richard Clarkson We love terrariums , and we love LED lighting – put them together, and we’re in heaven. Richard Clarkson Studio ‘s hanging Globe lamps are self-sufficient worlds complete with LED lights that sustain the plants within. They’re great for adding a touch of green to any room, and they’re made to last – Clarkson says that some of their terrariums have been thriving for several years now. Janus Lamp by Trueing Studio Trueing Studio ’s elegant Janus Lamp is named after the two-faced Roman god and Saturn’s outermost ring. A band of LED light reflects off a slice of dichroic glass, casting colorful reflections reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis. A post shared by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 19, 2017 at 3:01pm PDT Holon Spheres by Martens-Visser Martens & Visser ‘s amazing Holon orbs look like gigantic spinning soap bubbles! Each Holon is made from long strips of transparent foil connected to a spinning electric motor that causes the bubble-like forms to bounce and shimmer. Double Boom Chandelier by Stickbulb Stickbulb recently debuted a gorgeous new line of LED lighting made of wood salvaged from New York water towers. Their Double Boom fixture is made of reclaimed redwood that has been carbon dated to be three centuries old. Mobius Bench by Louis Lim X 3form At first glance, the Mobius Bench appears to be a simple seat – but when you touch it, a wave of color and light washes over the bench’s serpentine form. Louis Lim teamed up with 3form to create the interactive installation, which stole the show at Wanted Design . Voronoi LED Edison Bulb by Tala These might look like classic Edison bulbs – but they’re actually low-energy LEDs! Tala ‘s Voronoi Bulbs are modeled after forms found in nature – and the company plants ten trees for every 200 products sold. A post shared by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 21, 2017 at 11:45am PDT Aurora Rhythm LED Visualizer by Nanoleaf We’ve featured Nanoleaf ‘s beautiful Aurora LED panels in the past – but we’ve never seen them light up quite like this! The company has developed a new Aurora Rhythm module that listens to nearby sounds to transform your wall into a giant music visualizer. Nanoleaf plans to launch the new device this coming September. Module Lamps by Dear Human Dear Human ‘s stackable Module Lamps consist of individual pieces that can be combined in an endless number of ways. The modules are made from an innovative material called “Paper Rock” that consists of 100% recycled paper and cement. Bottle Cap Lamp by Mutan Argentina-based Mutan collects thousands of discarded plastic bottle tops and transforms them into captivating lamps! Each light is made from 600 bottle caps saved from the landfill. Aural Planes by The Principals X Calico Wallpaper The Principals teamed up with Calico Wallpaper to create a mesmerizing chandelier that reacts to human touch. The lamp’s long tendrils are fitted with capacitive sensors that read your body’s electric charge and then interpret it with flashing lights and sounds from nature. Urchin Softlight by Molo Molo has redesigned their Urchin Softlight to incorporate an LED lighting element within its flexible honeycomb form. The lamps can be opened, closed, flattened, and expanded to suit a wide variety of lighting needs. Echo Felt Lighting by LightArt LightArt ‘s Echo lamps provide both illumination and sound absorption – and they’re made from 50% recycled PET felt. The lights can be hung alone or installed in sets to create multifunctional ceiling landscapes. + NYCxDesign

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Researchers find widespread acidified water along US West Coast

June 6, 2017 by  
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Climate change is altering the planet in ways we might not often think about, such as in the acidification of the world’s oceans . A team of 20 scientists from institutions around the United States discovered acidified ocean water in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Study lead author Francis Chan of Oregon State University said, “The threat of ocean acidification is global and though it sometimes seems far away, it is happening here right now on the West Coast of the United States and those waters are already hitting our beaches.” Scientists conducted a three-year survey of the California Current System to uncover acidified water throughout what Oregon State University described as an ecologically critical nearshore habitat. Researchers also found hotspots of water with pH measurements as low as those found in oceanic surface waters anywhere else around the world. Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide has contributed to the phenomenon. Related: Large section of Arctic Ocean is six times more acidic than 20 years ago Ocean acidification is a problem because many organisms are sensitive to pH changes. Researchers noted shell dissolution on small swimming snails , for example, but they’re not the only species impacted. Richard Feely of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Washington said, “This is about more than the loss of small snails. These pteropods are an important food source for herring, salmon, and black cod, among other fish. They also may be the proverbial ‘canary in the coal mine’ signifying potential risk for other species, including Dungeness crabs, oysters, mussels, and many organisms that live in tide pools or other nearshore habitats.” The researchers didn’t just uncover bad news though. They also found refuges of moderate pH environments they think could become havens for marine creatures as other waters become more acidic. These havens could offer a resource for ecosystem management. Chan called for minimizing environmental stressors and managing for diversity in the region to help marine species adapt. The journal Nature Scientific Reports published the study online the end of May. Scientists from research institutions and universities in Oregon, California, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts, and Hawaii contributed to the study. Via Oregon State University Images via Oregon State University

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Stickbulb is a revolutionary and gorgeous modular LED light

March 29, 2017 by  
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If you haven’t heard of Stickbulb yet, it’s time you did. Stickbulb is a collection of stunning, innovative and diverse modern LED lighting made locally in New York City out of wood reclaimed from within the Big Apple itself. Stickbulb’s latest revelation – the Custom Collection – is produced by the New York-based RUX Design Studio and it features interchangeable wooden LED stick lamps that you can combine into different configurations to suit your space. The original Stickbulb was, as the name suggests, a straight stick of wood affixed to a long, linear LED lamp. The geometric shapes of this latest Custom Collection build on the simple shape of the linear LED stickstulb. But the new pieces are modular and can be altered to fit almost any space. Stickbulb’s beautiful geometric designs range from free-standing formats to wall-mounted pendants that can be clustered to create statement pieces. They scale from the size of a table lamp to a 9-foot-tall chandelier that was displayed at last year’s New York City Design Week . This unique design was a collaboration between by RUX Design studio founder and Creative Director, Russell Greenberg, and Partner, Christopher Beardley. Both are architecture graduates with a passion for buildings, modular systems, and sustainable manufacturing. The sculptural pieces are assembled in Rux’s shop in Queens, New York, and are made from locally-sourced materials. Wood options include southern yellow pine reclaimed from buildings demolished in New York State. The pieces are designed with a minimal number of parts, so they’re easy to separate for maintenance, recycling, and reuse. RELATED: 24 Gorgeous Green Lamps That Look Great With Energy-Saving LED Bulbs Stickbulb celebrates New York City’s past and future, combining energy efficient LED lighting with sustainably sourced, reclaimed wood that is a part of the fabric of the past. + Stickbulb

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Graypants debuts new brighter and lighter Scraplights White recycled cardboard lamp series

June 8, 2016 by  
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The new addition to the Scraplight series  comes thanks to seven years of brainstorming. The original Scraplights are made from the company’s signature brown corrugated paper, and are known for giving off a rustic warmth that creates a cozy atmosphere indoors. But with the success of their first line, Graypants sought to design a version that would accommodate interiors needing bright, continuous light, such as office spaces or schools. Related: Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture The Scraplight White series was designed to be more open and translucent, and to give off a bright, modern glow. The lamps are handmade in Holland through a partnership with a social works program that provides craft-based jobs to locals, engaging the community around Graypants’ Amsterdam headquarters. Each paper piece that makes up the lights is also made from FSC-Certified paper , sourced from forests that continually replant more trees than harvested. Both the Scraplight White and original series are completely recyclable regardless of shape, and the fixtures and parts can be swapped out if they are ever damaged. Graypants’ Scraplight White is a sustainable alternative to their original series, perfect for event spaces, offices, or even at home. + Graypants Studio

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Modular Amuneal shelves create flexible wall storage for tight spaces

May 31, 2016 by  
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Amuneal’s state-of-the-art system has been installed in museums, retail stores, and private residences around the country. Each unit is made in the USA and built in Philadelphia, PA out of oxidized oak and glass shelves, steel hooks, and a solid brass framework that secures to the wall. Replete with credenzas, industrial strength storage baskets, and elegant space to display collectibles, the modular series can be configured for a variety of needs. The swinging shelves make it especially easy to access stowed items, and LED light bars can also be integrated into each Collector’s Shelving Unit . This luxury shelving is built to last with beautiful materials that truly stand the test of time. Each unit is customized for the buyer’s interior, and so it will cost a pretty penny. The varied designs range from all sorts of subtle shelving styles, with each unit designed to accentuate collectibles (hence the name). Once the framework is installed, the shelves can be seamlessly exchanged for different finishes, colors, and styles. The company’s meticulous attention to detail, simple use of materials, and customization capabilities all work towards a goal of making smaller spaces more chic and livable. RELATED: Stylish and minimalist micro-apartment makes the most of small-space living One of the most interesting features of Amuneal is their modular glass option that is specifically designed for kitchens. These 1/2” thick shelves are a gorgeous way to display dishes, pantry items, or even plants, as demonstrated in this stunning display at the 2016 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during New York Design Week. + Amuneal All images © Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat.

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World’s largest commercial rooftop solar array is on a shopping mall in the Philippines

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A shopping mall in the Philippines now boasts the world’s largest commercial rooftop solar array , which generates 2.9 MW of clean energy to help run the mall’s operations. The project is also the biggest private solar power system designed for self-consumption in the country. The Philippines-based property developer behind the venture, Robinsons Land, has plans to add rooftop solar panels to its other retail centers, for a total of 12.5 MW by the end of this year. The 2.9 MW solar array was switched on this month atop Robinsons Starmills shopping mall in San Fernando, in the province of Pampanga. It is the latest in a series of solar projects backed by the Robinsons Land company, which announced in March a lineup of six currently on deck – they are were targeted for completion by May. Two others are expected to be up and running by the end of this year. The company switched on at least two other solar plants on mall properties in 2015, and each project is bigger than the one before. Related: 1 Liter of Light project illuminates thousands of Filipino homes with recycled bottles In total, the developer is aiming for 12.5 MW solar power capacity across 10 solar plants, all located on the rooftops of shopping malls. The company said in a release that those 10 plants combined will generate almost 16 million kW/h of clean energy , saving 8,760 tons of CO2 emissions each year. According to the developer, that is equivalent to planting 223,965 full grown trees. By the end of this year, Robinsons Land promises the plants will, together, generate around 30 percent of the energy needed to run those shopping malls. The developer eventually plans to install solar power arrays on the rooftops of all of its 41 malls, although the timeline for that expansion hasn’t been released. Via PV Magazine Images via Robinsons Land and Wikipedia

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Bangkok’s Siam Discovery retail center gets a major redesign from Japanese firm nendo

May 31, 2016 by  
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The previous design of the retail center , with its deep layout and narrow entry, created problems for the traffic flow of pedestrians, which is one thing a shopping center does not want. The architecture and design firm was called in to help, with the new design addressesing the previous issues by extending the circular atriums throughout and creating a canyon-like path stretching nearly 200 feet to the back of the building. Related: Nendo’s Trace collection of cabinets and lights look like drawings come to life Along one side of the atrium, a series of 220 frame-shaped boxes hold video monitors, digital signs, and displays of merchandise, which together create a unique and innovative ‘directory’ of sorts for the five-story department store. The design team at nendo devised a double-skinned facade to protect the interior from the sun, creating a tranquil shopping experience. The patterns on the facade echo the “stacked box” installation in the atrium. The overall theme for the interior design is unusual for a retail center. The designers call it a “Lifestyle Laboratory,” using motifs in 13 locations around the sales floor featuring laboratory equipment such as beakers, flasks, and test tubes, as well as diagrams of molecular structures, nucleotide DNA sequences, microscopes, and amoeba. Despite the sanitized air of the lab schema, the space maintains a relaxing feel which just might inspire visitors to spend a little more money than they intended. + nendo Images via Takumi Ota

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New US government study links cell phones to cancer

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A new study backed by the U.S. government suggests a new link between cell phone use and cancer . The National Toxicology Program ’s study is still incomplete at this time, yet partial findings reveal a relationship between specific radio frequencies and tumor growth in male laboratory rats. At the very least, we can no longer say there is no risk at all in using cell phones . The way some publications are reporting the news, you would expect to have a grapefruit-sized tumor growing in your skull this very moment, but the preliminary findings are a bit more complicated. The $25 million study , overseen by the National Institutes of Health , found “low incidences” of gliomas in brain glial cells and schwannomas in the hearts of some of the male rats used in the study; female rats did not yield a similar association. Related: World Heath Organization declares that cell phones may cause cancer The radio frequencies emitted from cell phones were reproduced in the rat experiments, raising concern for the same results possibly popping up in humans who use mobile devices. The partial findings warn, according to The Wall Street Journal , “Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to [radio-frequency radiation] could have broad implications for public health.” Labeling cell phones as possibly carcinogenic is not a new thing, as the World Health Organization did so after reviewing similar epidemiological studies which revealed a cancer link. The NTP’s study, however, is the largest and most comprehensive experimental trial concerning cell phones and public health and may influence the Federal Communications Commission to alter their safety guidelines in the near future. The full results are expected to be released in the fall of 2017. Via The Wall Street Journal Images via Pexels ( 1 , 2 )

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Gorgeous wooden horn speakers are made from reclaimed liquor barrels

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https://vimeo.com/165917138 Fiddle + Hammer was founded by Jordan Waraksa, who brought his background in sculpture and music into the making of the Bellaphone. The design was developed over a decade. “The horn is a testament to harnessing the resonant and warm qualities of the wood which they are carved from,” said Waraksa. Each custom-built speaker can be built to a variety of sizes, from two feet in height to a towering six feet. Related: Gigantic wooden megaphones amplify the sounds of the forest in Estonia Waraksa has thus far created a few prototype Bellaphones from reclaimed tequila and whiskey barrels. He also writes and records music that he tests out on his creations. The Bellaphone was recently presented at Wanted Design for New York Design Week. + Fiddle + Hammer Via ArchDaily Images by MannFrau

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13 gorgeous green lights to illuminate your life

May 21, 2016 by  
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Cloud Softlight Mobile by Molo Design Molo Design ’s billowy cloud lamps undulate like a soft canopy. The clusters of the hanging lamps form indoor cloudscapes inside your office or living room. Made from recyclable Tyvek, the accordion-fold cloud shapes are gathered around long-lasting LED lights, creating a softly illuminated sky in your favorite room. 2×4 Light by AlexAllen Studio The typical 2×4 piece of lumber is given a modernized twist with AlexAllen ’s beautifully simplistic pendant and wall-mounted lamps. A strip of recessed LED lights illuminates the 2×4’s lower edge, creating a surprisingly warm glow emanating from what appears to be an ordinary piece of wood. Modular Pris Collection by Pelle Pelle ’s modular lighting system can be configured- or reconfigured- to suit any sized room or work environment. The length of the sleek, linear arms is adjustable, and can be added together with jewel-shaped connectors to make for larger geometries. Anemone Machine Flower Mechanical Light by Modern Verve Made from durable porcelain that is meant to last the test of time, Modern Verve ’s Machine Flower is controlled by a remote control keypad, opening and closing at the touch of a finger. The motorized petals bloom and close to reveal and control warm LED light inside. Victo Lamp by Secto Design Finnish design company Secto transforms PEFC-certified formpressed birch into delicate pendant shades, which give a soft luminosity. Four finishes accentuate the form, which channels vintage vibes with its hoop-skirt shape. Ivy Series Chandeliers by Andrea Claire The Ivy Series  of dual-purpose pendant lamps totally transform between night and day- appearing like Calder-esque mobiles when switched off, and illuminating in translucence when switched on. Made from sustainable wood that can be painted in a myriad of custom finishes, Claire’s designs are perfect for the art collector that pushes the boundaries of design. Configurate by Archilume Inspired by the beauty of the hexagonal structures pulled from chemistry, Configurate is a modular system of LED pendants that lets design lovers create their own compositions of light with dimmable, energy efficient bulbs. Dunes by IN.SEK Brooklyn-based IN.SEK approaches sustainability by using durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of life- and keep their quality. Hand-cast concrete and reclaimed wood elements give their pieces a timeless, urban look. The Tracer Pendant by Luke Lamp Co Luke Lamp Co’s Tracer Pendant is a totally transformable LED light that can be reconfigured into thousands of shapes easily. Made from 12 feet of double braided nylon rope that encases a 2-foot LED module with a 30,000 hour lifespan, the rope-like lamp is fitted with magnetic brass fixtures that can be joined together to make loops, swirls, tight coils, or even be simply splayed into a straight line. LA2 Connected by Light Art Resembling a subway map, the LA2 Connected system of light fixtures can snake through corridors, turn corners, or add life to an open space. The modular system minimizes waste and uses cutting-edge LED technology. LightArt is the first lighting manufacturer to earn the LBC-Compliant Declaire Label, making them perfect for LEED-seeking projects. Scraplight by Graypants Available in white and natural brown, Scraplights are made from totally recyclable FSC-certified paper, produced from forests that replant more trees than they harvest. Dome 90 by Bover Design The intricate Dome 90 is a fusion of art and design: a lace-like sustainable wooden pendant that casts a beautiful pattern on the floor of any interior. More than 170 fragments of sustainable wood are hand sewn together around an LED bulb, creating a delicate interplay of light and shadow. Koi Pond LED Pendant by Tracy Glover Tracy Glover makes her expressive, emotive glass lighting fixtures by hand in her Pawtucket, Rhode Island studio. We found ourselves particularly captivated by her ethereal Koi Pond pendant light, which depicts a school of pearlescent Koi fish swimming together underneath four LED lights that allow the Clear Lustre, Aurora Lustre, Smokey Quartz and Steel Blue Lustre glass to dance and sparkle. Check out more of our green lighting faves on our Flickr stream .  

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