Here at CH we think every day should be Earth Day, but we also think 38-year-old holiday deserves honoring as a way to single out projects and products that keep the environment in mind. Today we'll be bringing you the best of the eco-web, as well as a few of our own finds.
The first of its kind to use organic LEDs (OLEDs), Ingo Maurer's Early Future lamp is a limited edition that uses Osram prototypes of the innovative material. Unlike the more familiar LEDs, OLEDs are actually a printed film which means the light comes from everywhere on the film simultaneously making for a light source that is not only more pliable but also lightweight, transparent and two-dimensional.
For the plant-like lamp, Maurer took advantage of the unique capabilities of the energy-efficient technology using it create 10 ultra-thin leaves of light. There's no word yet on pricing or availability, but more exciting are the lighting options the design might inspire, as Maurer states it "represents an important stage in the transition from abstract object to functional designer lighting."