A Maker of Morning People

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The latest in a history of collaborations between the designers at LAYER and tech brand nolii, the aptly named Rise lamp aims to make each day one you look forward to!

First and foremost, it works wirelessly, eliminating the need for cumbersome cords while giving users the ability to take it from room to room, wherever dimmable LED light is needed. A battery located in the base provides up to 12 hours of light time and it can even supplement power to your smartphone and other devices with an integrated USBC ports. That’ll also come in handy because you’ll be able to use your smartphone to control the light which also works in tandem with your alarm. Speaking of which, the design sports a “sunrise alarm” feature that will gently ease you into the day with a natural light progression that mimics that of the morning sun–which has been shown to improve your mood and overall outlook on life!

Designer: Benjamin Hubert of LAYER for nolii

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Lighting With No Limits

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This unique tabletop luminaire challenges our preconceptions about how a lighting solution should look and behave. Called “Tessallate” for the mosaic-like plates from which it’s composed, users won’t find any bulbs or sockets. Instead, the modular design works by utilizing electricity-conducting magnets that also hold each plate and the end sections together. Any number of light units (plates) can be crisscrossed together to create more or less light, meaning users can assemble a large collection for substantial living spaces or trim it down to one or two plates for a desktop. Placed on its side or made to stand upright, its footprint is also adjustable to the user’s liking.

Designer: Piyushi Patni

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Shining a Light on Developing Countries

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Created for those living in developing countries with limited access to power, the Bottle Pedestal Solar Lamp serves as a low-cost lighting solution with little environmental impact.

The design features a small solar panel on one side and a light source on the other. These components are housed within a biodegradable cork shell. In addition to harnessing the sun’s energy and being at least partially composed of environmentally-friendly materials, it also encourages the reuse of plastic bottles with its functional stand. The metal stand doubles as a bracket that grips onto the neck of a bottle to elevate the light source, instantly transforming it into a desk lamp.

The Bottle Pedestal Solar Lamp is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designer: Thinkdo Design

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Pop-up Privacy

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Open floor plan offices have been all the rage for a while now but for anyone who’s even slightly introverted (or easily distracted), they can be a total energy suck. Designed to enhance the flexibility of the modern shared workspace, the Corner Office helps define personal space and create a sanctuary for concentration.

Each unit can be placed on existing table layouts in a variety of positions to accommodate both large and small teams. They can be paired up or placed singularly in seconds, and will instantly provide visual privacy, sound reduction with soft felt, dimmable task lighting, and desktop power. In a selection of handsome yet subtle color schemes, and with its flexible, reconfigurable construction, they’re a solid investment that can adapt with your ever-changing office space.

Designer: Pablo Design

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Light and Magnetism

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The Enso light stuns with its one-of-a-kind way of adjusting the angle of the light source. The minimalistic floor lamp design consists of a just a base, neck, free-moving light unit, and mesmerizing magnetic ring. The light source can be moved manually by the user to any angle on the iron ring which doubles as a sort of shade. The resulting shadows and beams create dynamic arcs and shapes that are as captivating as the lamp itself. By engaging individuals to touch and change the illumination, it also aims to form a deeper connection with the user.

Designers: Maysam Khankeshlou & Mohammad Amin Abbasszadeh

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Pac-Man LEGO Lamps: Bricka Bricka Bricka

Out of all of the good old 1980s arcade games, Pac-Man is one that truly stands out, with its simple looking but challenging gameplay, iconic characters, and memorable music and sounds, it’s a true masterwork of arcade gaming that’s still fun to play. I’ve got a few Pac-Man collectibles in my game room, but I’d really love to have one of these lamps, made from LEGO bricks.

Artist Jamieson Pond of Pugs and Bricks builds these lamps from thousands of painstakingly selected LEGO blocks to form pixel art versions of the Pac-Man and the ghosts from the classic arcade game. The larger Pac-Man lamp was made using over 4,000 pieces, and includes LED backlit LEGO likenesses of Pac-Man, Inky, Blinky, Clyde and a blue ghost. I’m not sure what the deal is with the green ghost though. Guess we’ll just have to call him “Greeny.” Priced at $800, it’s not cheap, but it sure looks cool.

The smaller Pac-Man lamp took 1,000 pieces to construct, though it’s still pricey at $195. But if you’re a true Pac-Man fanatic, I’m sure you can find a way to save up for one of these nifty lights.

I think the coolest of the designs is the 2,300 piece, 12″ tall Pac-Man nightlight tower, which is packed with (properly-colored) ghosts on every side, and Pac-Man on top. It’s $425.

Whether or not you decide to buy one of these sweet lamps, be sure to check out Pugs and Bricks Etsy shop, which is packed with cool LEGO mosaic geekery, including an epic Super Mario tower light that stands nearly 3 feet tall.

Bulb Meets Bubble

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The Wind Up lamp (wind as in air) taps into a familiar fragment most of us can relate to. Its form and user interaction take inspiration from blowing bubbles – something many of us appreciated when we were kids!

The minimalistic floor design features a slim neck and simple socket ring that hold a singular exposed bulb. To activate, users can just blow on the specialized socket as they would a bubble wand! The design is also conceived to include a selection of artistic bulbs with unique shapes that actually resemble bubbles. It’s a unique twist on a common object that’s sure to bring back pleasant memories for all!

Designer: Julien Bergignat

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When Lamp and Switch become one

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Ed Heritage’s Roll and Tilt lamps explore a unique interaction. The lamps don’t have switches, but rather ARE switches. Designed with a seesaw-esque base, the lamps literally tilt backwards and forwards. The minute the side with the light on it touches the base, it lights up, indicating that the light has been switched on. In doing so, the lamp removes the switch, or rather removes the concept of a boring switch that usually can be a jarring design detail that doesn’t go well with the rest of the product. By reinventing that flip-on-flip-off interaction into something that’s more playful, the Roll and Tilt lamps become much more interesting lighting solutions!

Designer: Ed Heritage

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