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TECH
Smart Booo Wireless Light Dimmer
As the internet of things as a concept continues to materialize, more and more smart products for the home are introduced. Some are born out of necessity, while others seem to simply exist for fun and to push the space further. The Smart Booo lands...
DESIGN
Umut Yamac’s Perch Light
Architect and designer Umut Yamac’s Perch Light is an intriguing, playful piece of design. The stylized bird-shaped light sits still on its perch until you pass it, or a draft sets it in motion: then the bird gracefully swings, dipping back and...
DESIGN
Coco Reynolds’ Timber Pendant Lamps
by Chantel Tattoli In the field of furniture design, lighting is often overlooked, even though the right piece can define a room just as well as any Eames chair. Case in point: the beautiful timber pendant lamp creations by Sydneysider Coco Reynolds...
DESIGN
Lighting Designers Morten & Jonas
Combining good design and good deeds isn’t an obvious or easy thing to do, but any designer who wants ideas on how the two can work side by side should look to Norwegian design duo Morten & Jonas for inspiration. As well as creating innovative, playful...
DESIGN
Umbra Shift Home Design at A+R
For more than 30 years Toronto's Umbra has held a significant presence in the homeware segment, though it's their recently-established, contemporary design focused arm Umbra Shift that's earned our attention this time. After being rolled out in...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting c/o Quarterly Co: Shipment Nine
We created this edition of Cool Hunting's Quarterly with Africa on our minds. Inspired by the sun's potential to power our world in ways both big and small, we partnered with two innovative brands implementing solar power in inventive, intimate ways...
DESIGN
Curio LED Lighting For The Home
With each design based on Light Guide technology (traditionally used in scanners and copiers), San Francisco's Curio creates playful, linear lighting options for the home, giving the fading technology a second shot at technical relevancy. Set to...
DESIGN
Ipnos Outdoor Light by Rossi Bianchi Studio
Created by Milan-based design duo Guido Bianchi and Nicoletta Rossi for the well-respected and innovative lighting company FLOS, the Ipnos outdoor light is at once subtle and bold. The simple design—which is really an indoor/outdoor piece—essentially...
DESIGN
Plumen Drop Top Lamp Shade
In 2010, the Plumen 001 low-energy lightbulb was introduced, followed in January 2014 by the Plumen 002, a more subtle, organic design. To help display both achievements in an equally elegant housing, the London-based brand has now released their...
TECH
Charged: Smart LEDs for the Home
Bright ideas are coming from every design sector, as engineers, artists and scientists join industrial designers in creating the technologies and products that will define the future of light. Today, it's inherently progressive industries like LEDs...
DESIGN
Nockstone Modular Building Blocks
Nockstone is a concept stemming from a collaboration between two Dutch designers, Melle Koot and Volken de Vlas. It's a modular building block that can be interlocked together with other Nockstones without the need for auxiliary joiners like glue...
DESIGN
The 10th Anniversary of Kartell's Bourgie Lamp
Kartell is taking the 10th anniversary of its famed Bourgie Lamp, the classical baroque silhouette preserved ironically in plastic designed by Ferruccio Laviani, quite seriously. Earlier this year, the Italian brand tapped 14 international design...
DESIGN
ICFF 2014 Preview: Rich Brilliant Willing
Continuing to impress with innovative forms and creative uses of materials, Rich Brilliant Willing is again introducing new products this year at ICFF during NYCxDesign. In the time since we last caught up with the trio of Brooklyn-based designers...
DESIGN
ICFF 2014 Preview: Wintercheck Factory
Since 2010 Brooklyn's Wintercheck Factory has routinely rolled out new designs across apparel and homeware, to furniture and lighting. While the urge to design across all platforms is still alive and well, founder Kristen Wentrcek seems to be currently...
DESIGN
Fab's Next Life: Private Label
It's been a wild ride since Fab first launched just under three years ago. After the flash-sale business model gave way to rapid expansion and subsequent shrinkage, pushing the brand identity through a couple questionable phases—and more importantly...
DESIGN
Charged: Ingo Maurer Interview
Few industrial designers have earned a foothold in the greater creative culture like Ingo Maurer, the German-born, New York-based designer of lighting and lighting installations. In the decades since founding his own design practice, Ingo Maurer...
DESIGN
Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus
Having met while studying at The Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague several years ago, Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus now work together on various kinds of projects including furniture, lighting, product and interior design. But being...
DESIGN
Milan Design Week 2014: The Quietly Colorful Home
From fashion to photography to furniture, recent years have seen a shift in the creative world's overarching palette from highly saturated primary colors to a soft range of light corals, sea foams, baby blues, pale yellows and pinks. Some tones lean...
DESIGN
The Mint 400, Las Vegas
This weekend, Las Vegas is going to be louder and dustier than ever, as this year's The Mint 400 (aka "The Great American Off-Road Race") rolls into town. The race—which started back in 1967 to promote the former Mint Hotel (now part of Binion's...
CULTURE
Charged: Jim Campbell in NYC
While the boundaries between contemporary art and technology have grown increasingly blurry—thanks to everything from biologically-inspired knitted structures to oil that "defies" gravity—there are, surprisingly, only a handful of artists who delve...
DESIGN
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2014
Stockholm's Furniture & Light Fair is always full of surprises. Being one of the more isolated events on the international design calendar, the fair serves as a kind of testing ground for the onslaught that is Milan's annual Salone taking place...
CULTURE
Stuart Haygarth: Play
Recently opened at Paris' The Carpenters Workshop Gallery, photographer-turned-designer Stuart Haygarth's "Play" showcases fascinating pieces of furniture, from lighting to tables. Upon first blush, the British designer's sculptural works appear...
DESIGN
Interview: Carlo Urbinati of Foscarini
by LinYee Yuan With a unique approach to working with designers to develop an extremely diverse product range, Foscarini has mastered the shifting landscape of lighting to celebrate 30 years in the industry. To mark the occasion the Italian brand...
DESIGN
Kartell Goes Bourgie
Bourgie is certainly one of the most recognizable lamps of the last decade—as well as one of the best sellers for famed Italian brand, Kartell. Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, its baroque allure masterfully meets the simplicity of a pure outline...
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