Mobile Lighting Fixtures: Seen in a New Light

As open-plan living and working spaces continue to gain popularity, it’s clear we seek out flexibility. Delineated areas for singular functions are fading away.  Living rooms double as working and eating areas, as do kitchens. Mobility is king.  Adaptability doesn’t only apply to contemporary space planning; light fixture designs are making the move too.

Highlighted below is a selection of fixtures that were designed to be mobile.   Blurring traditional labels of  ‘table lamp’ or a ‘floor lamp’, they are objects in and of themselves.  Often created with handles or grips, or without conventional bases, their designs capitalize on their ability to be fluid… to be moved on a whim.

28d by Bocci

28d by Bocci

Instead of designing form itself, Bocci’s creative director, Omer Arbel, sought simplicity, resulting in a complex glass blowing technique where air pressure is intermittently introduced into and removed, then rapidly heated and cooled. The result is a distorted spherical shape with a composed collection of inner “satellites”, one of which is made of opaque milk glass.  The 28d fixture was designed to sit on a horizontal surface.  Its flexible grey crochet memory cable is intended to be coiled into a sculptural pattern to provide a cushioned surface on which the glass sits.  28d has a low voltage (12V, 20Watt xenon) bulb.  www.bocci.ca

Anisha by Lievore Molina for Foscarini

Anisha by Lievore Molina for Foscarini

Collaboration between Italian lighting brand Foscarini and Barcelona-based Lievore Molina culminated in a spare, elliptical lamp design which “outlines and empty space, defines it and fills it with its light, producing a magical sensation”.   Anisha was inspired by the idea of an eternal object with a simple form that transforms when its frame is immersed in light.  Anisha is operated by a dimmer touch switch, which honors its seamless design.  www.foscarini.com

Cesta by Miguel Mila for Santa & Cole

Cesta by Miguel Mila for Santa & Cole

A  classic 1964 design by Spanish Miguel Mila is an enchanting cherry wood lantern with an inner light globe.  Cesta’s handle makes it an object-lamp, suitable for tabletops or floors. www.santacole.com

Falling In Love by Tobias-Grau, Form+Function

Falling In Love by Tobias-Grau, Form+Function

Falling In Love is described as “small and brilliant, a ball of light in a nest”.   Intriguingly flexible, the fixture is comfortable on shelf, on the floor, on a console, or illuminating pictures. Its powerful LED bulbs are dimmable and offer excellent color rendering. www.formplusfunction.net

Piramide by Gandia Blasco

Piramide by Gandia Blasco

Designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco, the pyramid-shaped fixture features clean lines and a contemporary, triangular shape.  Piramide is made of rotationally molded polyethelene for outdoor use and will stand up to harsh environments, hot or cold.  The all-weather outdoor fluorescent light is perfect for indoors, as well as the garden, pool, or beach.  www.gandiablasco.com

Tokonomo by Serfaty and Tovim for Aqua Creations

Tokonomo by Serfaty and Tovim for Aqua Creations

Inspired by Tokonoma, a Japanese style reception area in which objects for natural and artistic appreciation and inspiration are displayed, the lamps capture the spirit of these objects.  Handmade felt shades made from wool and silk are available in four different finishes, each representing one of the four seasons ; Haru for Spring, Natsu for Summer, Aki for Autumn and Fuyu for winter. The lamps are powered by digitally dimmable LEDs and operated and controlled by touch. www.aquagallery.com

Truncheon Floor Light by CMMNWLTH

Truncheon Floor Light by CMMNWLTH for MATTER

Faithful to its namesake, the compact club form is created from traditional materials, but advanced by digital technology.  The wooden fixture is custom CNC milled; trace lathe markings leave textured markings on the surface of the wood.  Offsetting the warm wood enclosure is the cool light of integrated LED bulbs. Truncheon was designed by the New York based studio CMMNWLTH to rest against the wall.  www.mattermatters.com

Toobe by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell

Toobe by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell

Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, the Toobe lamp originated in the notion that a single acrylic PMMP (“acrylic glass”) extruded tube could function as either a table lamp or a floor lamp, depending on the length. Designed with an integrated slotted handle, it was designed to be moved easily. Toobe is available in five transparent, colorful hues. www.kartellstorela.com

 

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