Nature-inspired chandelier combines botany and luxury into one stellar lighting design for your home

Hanging right above you like a branch of leaves on a tree, the Nana Lure Chandelier by Pelle adds tropical tranquility to your home. Inspired by the large overarching shape of banana leaves, the chandelier’s shades are entirely handmade from cotton paper, and come lined with LEDs on the inside. When switched off, the Nana Lure Chandelier has the allure of a tropical plant, however, when switched on, it turns into one of the most stunningly vivid nature-inspired lighting designs! At the risk of cracking a horrible pun, this chandelier certainly does drive me bananas!

Designer: Pelle

The Nana Lure Chandelier is a prime example of exactly what a chandelier brings to a table. Chandeliers aren’t utilitarian, they’re emotive. While most chandeliers communicate a sense of luxury, the Nana Lure expresses something more nuanced – the luxurious feeling of being carefree on a beachside, without a worry in the world! The lighting solution exists as a single leaf unit but can be bunched together to create leaf fronds that look like the upper half of a banana tree.

Each leaf comprises a handmade and handpainted cotton-paper shade, cut out to look exactly like a banana leaf complete with discolorations and even the ridges along the leaves. The shade is then affixed to a patinated steel frame that allows it to hold its shape, and the frame’s hollow inner is lined with an LED strip that faces downwards, illuminating the leaf from within to cast a soft light downwards.

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A coffee table that holds an electric fireplace is the ultimate winter essential

A fully electric hearth puts a modern spin on an ancient household fixture.

Fire and light have always been at the center of homes, be it a TV or a fireplace. The latter has, of course, become less practical these days, and its absence from many homes has also resulted in a shift in family interaction. “Hearth and home” is a phrase that still carries some meaning today, and a designer is bringing back that long-forgotten home centerpiece by making it not only more practical but also safe as well.

Designer: Maximillian Burton

The fireplace and the kitchen stove once started out as a single and critical part of the house. The hearth provided not only heat but also fire to cook the family’s meal. Because of those life-essential functions, the hearth also became the focal point for families to gather and connect over a warm fire and hearty food.

Those are the practical and social functions that designer Max Burton is seeking to return to modern households with a coffee table appropriately named “Hearth.” At first glance, it looks like a stylish but normal table with a black tabletop and a shuttered base. Even in this dormant state, it already functions as a beautiful centerpiece for people to gather, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Twist that tabletop clockwise like a giant dial, and the slanted fins at the base open up, revealing the electric heater inside. The twisting motion might remind some of a more advanced thermostat, and it almost offers the same capability. Once opened, the Hearth sucks in air from hidden ducts on its underside and then blows heated air out the fins, warming the entire room evenly in all directions.

While its top is reminiscent of a thermostat dial, the Hearth’s tapered and shuttered base is meant to evoke images of rising temperatures and fire. The glow that comes from the heater inside definitely helps that visualization and provides a warm and soft light that feels like an open invitation for families and friends to huddle and connect with each other, just like what people in ancient times did on cold Winter days.

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Samsung’s entry into smart projectors is here to replace your TV, speaker, as well as your lamp!

Say goodbye to those hulking boxes in your living room with a single projector that might actually be doing too much.

Along with the rise of cord-cutters, there has been an increase in the number of people eschewing traditional TV sets. Some have become accustomed to watching everything from their smartphones or tablets, while others have opted to use less permanent fixtures to replace those large slabs of plastic and glass. Home projectors, both the short and long throw kind, have become more en vogue these days, and Samsung is jumping on the scene with a surprisingly fresh take on the product.

Designer: Samsung

Projectors come in different sizes and designs, but almost all of them have one thing in common. Those come in a box shape and are often quite bulky, mostly to accommodate the equally bulky hardware inside. That’s what makes the new Samsung Freestyle a bit of a pleasant surprise because it throws all conventions out the window.

In stark contrast to most projectors, the Freestyle comes in a sleek cylindrical form that looks like a mix of a spotlight and a smart speaker. In reality, that is almost exactly what it is, though it substitutes the spotlight for an LED projector. The Freestyle’s body can swing 180 degrees, making it trivial to place the projector anywhere and still get a good view. The projected image can go from 30 to up to 100 inches with a Full HD resolution.

Despite the more compact size, the Samsung Freestyle is actually packed with features you’d see in bigger projectors. Those include autofocus and automatic keystone correction, both of which give the projector its advertised freedom. It even runs Samsung’s Smart TV software, so you’re getting the same apps and features you would see on the brand’s latest Internet-connected TVs. But wait, there’s more! The Freestyle also functions as a smart speaker and an ambient lighting device when not in use for watching videos.

There are, of course, some drawbacks to a projector this small, like the 500 nits of brightness that sounds too low for use in bright rooms. Its micro HDMI slot will also have some scampering for adapters, and there’s no built-in battery for wireless use. Then again, you can easily use a power bank when you carry it around, which could be music to the ears of Gen Z and millennials that this product was made for.

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This tetrapod-inspired desk accessory is designed to keep the waves of stress at bay

Arm yourself against the discomforts of life with your own personal seawall for your desk.

Life has been anything but kind to most of us in the past two years. Even as we face the new year with hope, many also wait with bated breath for the challenges that 2022 will bring. Wave after wave of problems and setbacks threaten to wash away whatever joy we have managed to build on the shores of our lives. Fortunately, some of those waves can be broken even before they hit, and these accessories for your desk and room are specifically designed to remind you that it is indeed possible to find comfort and joy in the little things in life.

Designer: Jinwoo Jang

People living near coastal areas or frequent these places might be familiar with the almost alien-looking shapes that litter some of these shores. Perhaps inspired by natural corals, these tetrahedral concrete structures are used as seawalls and breakwaters, where their odd shape not only helps dissipate the force of oncoming waves but also remains locked in place, no matter how strong those waves are. For people familiar with these man-made structures, seawalls convey a sense of comfort and security, and those are the emotions that these Seawall desk accessories are hoping to evoke.

Shaped exactly like those tetrapods, each product serves one and only one purpose. That may seem almost like a waste of space, but at the same time, it’s designed to actually reduce discomfort and stress. And what better way to stress someone out than by overloading a single product with a multitude of unrelated features?

One Seawall, for example, is meant to hold pens, keeping the stress of clutter away. Another is a smart speaker that also utilizes soft fabrics at its literal center to add a warm and fuzzy feeling to an otherwise faceless entity. There’s also a mood lamp with an equally soft glow to make the darkness less uncomfortable. And for the room’s center table, a Seawall-shaped humidifier puts the gentler kind of water to good use in your room.

Ironically, these Seawall products don’t seem to be designed like their real counterparts and function better alone. Given their size and shape, it might actually cause people more stress in trying to put all of them together. They’re a set that’s better apart, each in their own place, perhaps at the center of a table, a desk, or a shelf. Even in isolation, however, each well-balanced structure stands proud, as if to remind us that no matter what discomfort life may bring, there are always ways to protect ourselves, even if that means having a tetrapod standing in the middle of your living room coffee table.

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The Khonsu clock lamp is a weirdly attractive tabletop accent piece that also wirelessly charges your phone

The Khonsu Clock Lamp is a bunch of things… although ‘boring’ certainly isn’t one of them. Designed to serve as a tabletop lamp, a decorative clock, and also an occasional wireless charger for your phone, the Khonsu Lamp comes with a design aesthetic that’s minimalist in form but maximalist in expression. Crafted from metal, it boasts a round silhouette with an almost nautical-inspired theme that absolutely comes to life when the lamp is switched on. The lamp provides a halo around the skeletal clock, creating a light and shadow effect that makes reading the time quite stunning in the dark. During the day, the Khonsu’s sculptural design allows it to serve as the perfect accent piece on your mantel or tabletop.

Just to visually break down the lamp’s overall design… one can easily split it into its three parts, the wooden base, the metal clock, and the LED lamp that’s inset within the clock’s circular periphery. The wooden base also sports a dedicated area on the side that serves as a wireless charging surface for your phone – a rather neat addition that turns the eclectic Khonsu into an even more functional piece of tableware.

The Khonsu Clock Lamp even has slots in the wooden platform to dock your phone (although it won’t charge while docking), and the silver button on the front of the wooden base lets you switch the warm LED light on and off as well as toggle through three individual brightness settings.

Designer: Articture

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Puddy is a minimal 3D printed lamp with as much character as the Pixar lamp!

A portmanteau of the words Paddy and Buddy, the Puddy lamp takes on the character of a rice farmer in Southeast Asia. The 3D printed lamp’s minimal design sports a body, an adjustable head, and a lampshade that looks a lot like the conical hats worn by the rice farmers!

Designer: Andre Zhu

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Puddy makes up for its minimal design with an incredibly interactive experience and an expressive design that reminds one of Pixar’s own Luxo Jr. Modeled to look quite like a tiny little human in a robe and a hat, Puddy makes for a great addition to any work surface. The little lamp is designed to be entirely wireless, and can be carried around with you, conveniently parking wherever you want it to. The bright little chap (no pun intended) comes with an adjustable head that lets you face it (I did it again) upwards, while the lampshade helps guide the light based on its angle. For brighter light, just make Puddy look up, and for more ambient lighting, face Puddy downwards so the lampshade cuts out any direct light.

While Puddy’s aesthetic is a combination of traditional and modern, its production is too. The lamp comes entirely 3D printed out of a 6:4 composite of PLA and recycled wood particles. The lamp’s light-source is encased in an all-PLA component (for translucency and diffusion), while the shade, body, and the ball-socket joint are all printed in the PLA+Wood composite. This unique choice of material lends a nice, sandy finish to the lamp’s design and even makes it smell like wood! It also ensures that the lamp is entirely biodegradable (PLA is plant-based too).

Each Puddy comes in one of four colors derived from the four different types of wood used in the lamp’s design – Birch, Ebony, Pine, and Willow. The cordless lamp runs a 3000K warm white LED on the inside, with a 2500mAh battery that gives it up to 7 hours of use on its brightest setting. The lamp sports a single on/off switch that even has a long-press dimming feature, and right below it is Puddy’s MicroUSB charging port.

Puddy’s beautiful eclectic design combines minimalism with an expressive character, and with Asian traditionalism to make a lamp that’s fun, interactive, and meaningful. Its 3D printed design puts it in the same category as other beautifully minimal table lamps from Gantri and the like, while Puddy’s cordless design really uplifts it into a helpful little buddy who will go wherever you go! The Puddy ships fully assembled for $169 and comes with a 1-year warranty that allows parts to be repaired/replaced if the need ever arises.

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This saucer-shaped light fixture hangs by electric wires like a yo-yo to look as if it’s floating midair!

Light in Tight is a line of saucer-shaped light fixtures that hang from electric wires just like a yo-yo, designed by Seungheon Baek and Jinhyeong Kwon.

Our interior spaces can be transformed with the right lighting. Through the years, the iterations of desk lamps and standing light fixtures to come from designers have truly been endless. Considering the necessity of light in interior spaces, light fixtures will remain relevant in the design world for decades to come. Inspired by the fastening potential of taut telephone pole wires, Seungheon Baek and Jinhyeong Kwon developed Light in Tight, an innovative light fixture design that gives the illusion that it’s floating in midair.

Struck by an image of the moon stationed brightly behind tangles of telephone wires, Baek and Kwon found both practicality and aesthetics for their lighting design. Light in Tight is comprised of three components: an electric wire power supply, three different types of lights, and a clamp-in screw mechanism. Holding the fixture’s glass coverings together, the clamp-in screw fastens the light bulb’s container and provides a point of tension for the electric wires to be pulled taut.

The power supply electric wire loops over the hyperbolic shaped light fixture, kind of like a yo-yo, to keep it in place while the wire ends find respective hanging points. Light in Tight can be configured midair in numerous positions, transforming the height, direction, and movement of the lighting as it changes.

The most amount of luminosity coming from Light in Tight is emitted towards the floor, while our periphery sightlines remain dim. Moving from the light fixture’s brightest section, the translucent covering grows in opacity towards the top. Shaped like a saucer, Light in Tight has a unique look that would complement modern interiors nicely, while remaining familiar enough to feel classic in any room.

Designers: Seungheon Baek and Jinhyeong Kwon

The light fixtures hang from electric wires that loop over the hyperbolic shape of the light bulb’s outfittings.

Light in Tight comes with a small spotlight fixture that hangs the same way as the line’s larger light fixtures. 

From its base, the lightbulb container is translucent, lighting the ground below, then opacifies near the top.

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These sustainable lamps are made from coffee and orange peels!

Lamps have the ability to truly turn up the vibes in a space when they are done right and Obscure fits neatly in that category. In fact, it elevates the lighting game because it is also 100% sustainable, cold-compostable, and zero-waste! The collection of lampshades manifests nature’s genius and demonstrates an intelligent, material-driven approach to eco-friendly design.

The handmade collection is created by a London-based biotech and biomanufacturing startup. It represents the close-knit collaboration between ‘maker’ and ‘matter’. The matter, Orb or organic refuse bio-compound, influences the maker whilst the maker prescribes the matter with geometry. As the matter conforms to the maker’s prescription, the maker’s geometry inspires the matter to bend and flow as it pleases.

Obscure is made of 100% coffee chaff and orange peel. The company behind it constantly showcases the potential of bio-manufacturing of natural materials and regularly uses excess resources/wastes and byproducts in their design to reduce the use of plastics. Orb is a combination of food and agricultural bioproducts with a plant-based binder.

The team is also working to address several planetary challenges at once – the climate crisis, waste crisis, and social injustice – through their work. They apply principles of biomimetics, or systematically applying the ecological laws of nature, to create products and manufacturing approaches that innovate across the entire manufacturing life cycle. And, therefore, to create ethically-sourced and locally-fabricated high-performance sustainable products.

“There has never been a more critical time to be doing the work we do at Biohm,” said Ehab Sayed, founder and director of innovation at Biohm. “Recent events have emphasized how our economies and systems are flawed and unsustainable, and that we need to immediately implement radical and regenerative biotechnologies delivered through equitable and compassionate business models to make leaps in the fight against the climate crisis.”

Designer: Biohm

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The Acropolis of Athens among the multiple lighting design entries to win the 2021 LIT Design Awards

Envisioned as the eminent award program for identifying and rewarding great lighting designs (while also supporting and nurturing the ever-growing lighting industry), the LIT Design Awards announced the winners for their 2021 edition. The underlying ethos of the awards program is that lighting is both an art and a science, and is one of the most important elements of design. Light is also one of the most important forms of energy, unlocking our ability to see, and playing a pivotal role in our visual sense. The LIT Design Awards were envisioned to celebrate creativity and innovation in the fields of lighting products and applications.

Held annually, the LIT Design Awards are the brain-child of the Farmani Group, who have also helped pioneer and organize other prestigious design awards and recognitions like the International Design Awards (IDA), Architecture Masterprize, DNA Paris Design Awards, London International Creative Awards, Prix de la Photographie in Paris, and the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography. With as many as 47 categories in Lighting Product Design and 31 categories in Lighting Design represented, LIT is one of the most comprehensive lighting design competitions, uniting creativity, and innovation. Winning entries are selected by an esteemed jury of designers and leaders in the lighting, interior design, and architectural fields, and receive the coveted LIT trophy, a cash prize of $1000 (for the Emerging Designer/Product), and extensive publicity showcasing their designs and products to an international audience.

Visit the LIT Design Award website to see all the winning designs for the year 2021.

A little while ago, the LIT Design Awards announced the winners of their 2021 edition, with the designers behind the new lighting for the Acropolis unanimously winning the Lighting Designer of the Year Award. The award also recognized the contributions of Tony Lawrence (Lighting Product Director at Concord Lighting part of the Feilo Sylvania), and Craig A. Bernecker (Professor of Lighting Design at Parsons School of Design and Founder of the Lighting Education Institute) with the LIT Lifetime Achievement Award, and presented the 2021 Spotlight Prize to the LUCI Association, a non-profit organization bringing together over 70 member towns and cities worldwide that use light as a tool for social, cultural, and economic development.

Scroll down to take a look at some of the inspirational winners of this year’s LIT Design Awards, or visit the LIT website to see all the winning designs for the year 2021!

Acropolis of Athens and Monuments by Eleftheria Deko & Associates (Lighting Designer of the Year)

The Acropolis of Athens stands as one of the oldest, grandest monuments of human civilization. Among its many testaments, it also happens to be this year’s winning entry for Lighting Design of the Year at the LIT Lighting Awards. The award doesn’t go to the monument itself, but rather goes to the designers behind its newly unveiled lighting, Eleftheria Deko & Associates. “We approached the monuments first with respect”, says principal designer Eleftheria Deko. “Before applying our thoughts on paper we observed the characteristics of this unique place, studied its history, the forms and materials, the visibility from different points of the city, and the significance of this landmark.” The lighting project’s most difficult task is to play a secondary role in the project, seeking to highlight not itself, but the architectural landmark instead. The lighting illuminates the Acropolis in a way that makes the site look outstanding at night from multiple directions both up close and from afar, bringing a new life into the monuments of the Acropolis.

Opteris Chandelier by Opteris Studio (Lighting Product Design of the Year)

The Opteris chandelier pays homage to the Tomopteris, a deep-sea creature. Looking almost like a grand sculpture (akin to the skeletal recreations seen in museums) that hangs directly above a table, the Opteris has a commanding appearance with its incredibly dynamic design and truly unique aesthetic. The lighting fixture is composed of two parallel frames which are interwoven with 104 unique cherry wood fins which interlock on the frames. The result is a chandelier that’s organic and asymmetric, making it look different from every angle, so you’re greeted with a new view no matter where you observe the chandelier from!

Star in Motion by Koert Vermeulen & ACTLD

Perched atop the Kingdom Tower for the lighting festival Noor Riyadh 2021, Koert Vermeulen’s Star in Motion illuminates the skies above the capital city of Saudi Arabia while subconsciously underscoring the festival’s theme, Under One Sky. Throughout the world, in most major religions, stars represent the luminaries that gleam, glow and flicker throughout the heavens. The massive star measures 6.2 meters in diameter and hangs 257 meters above the ground. It comes outfitted with 520 linear meters of LED strips that emit a stunning 1.2 million lumens of light, adding a bright, sparkling jewel in Riyadh’s skyline!

Nantong Grand Theater by Tungsten Studio

Located around a rather picturesque contoured lake, the Nantong Grand Theater adopts an undulating roof that resembles two concert pianos releasing melodious music. On the opposite side of the lake (facing the city) the building has a softly curved, white stage tower, like a light auspicious cloud, stopping on the shore of Zilang Lake, guiding pedestrians to the lake and showing them the beautiful and moving lakeshore landscape. Often, in the pursuit of impactful architecture, buildings look iconic from their top view while looking relatively plain when viewed from the ground. The Nantong Grand Theater, however, ensures a wonderfully artistic facade even when viewed by the pedestrians… something that’s rather fitting, considering the theater is home to art itself!

Hanabi 2020 by Deep Origin Innovation Lab

Japanese for ‘firework’, the Hanabi installation definitely looks the part! The chandelier comes with thousands of pipes diverging out of a single point, with LEDs at the end of them, creating the impression of a firework exploding in the sky. Named Hanabi 2020, the installation draws a parallel between the firework destroying itself in the sky and the destruction and pain of the year 2020, while also serving as a reminder that like fireworks themselves, pain is ephemeral too, and will soon pass… and that one should focus on the beautiful memory the firework/pain leaves behind in our mind.

Serif by Kuzco Lighting

The Serif Collection features clean, angular geometries colliding in harmony. Minimal yet impactful, the rings of light seem to float organically in air, and are individually adjustable, creating a wonderfully asymmetric and versatile piece of lighting that can be oriented to create both 2D and 3D forms, adding visual drama to any space!

Urban Bloom by CA PLAN

Completed in December 2020, the Urban Bloom is a remodeling project of the Galleria Department Store, a landmark in Daejeon built in the 1990s. Covering the façade, 5700 petal modules of nature-inspired concept were all designed in different shapes and sizes through algorithms, and LED modules were installed at the center of the flower to create a media façade. The beauty of the Urban Bloom is that it makes use of light in different ways during the day and the night. In daylight, the Urban Bloom looks dynamic as the sun shifts from east to west, shining on the polygonal petals at different angles through the day to create vivid highlights and shadows… while at night, the entire structure comes to life as LEDs at the center of each flower light up, turning the entire building into a massive lighting installation!

Colms by Yellow Goat Design

Practically ushering in the Christmas spirit, the Colms literally is visualized as a massive tree-shaped chandelier that hangs from the ceiling. Designed, however, to look like shoots of bamboo, the Colms comes with 5 white columns and multiple golden bamboo-leaf tips arranged stylistically like an upside-down Ikebana-style flower arrangement that also happens to illuminate wonderfully at night, as LEDs within the aluminum columns light up and cause the golden leaves to shimmer and scatter light randomly across the room. Designed to be as sturdy as it is stunning, the Colms is a lighting set that can easily be customized too, to fit a whole variety of interior settings.

Visit the LIT Design Award website to see all the winning designs for the year 2021.

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This Jellyfish-inspired Wavy Lamp adds a touch of marine mystique to your table

We’ve spent more time exploring outer space than our own oceans, and just a quick look at the kind of creatures that exist below sea level can sometimes really surprise and amaze us. It’s this very strain of curiosity that allowed Wooj Design to tap into the mysterious blob-ish beauty of jellyfish when they designed the Wavy Lamp.

The lamp’s appeal lies in its curved design that instantly adds a statement wherever it’s kept, and the translucent construction that allows it to light up with this semi-eerie glow that you could stare at endlessly. Designed by Wooj, a BIPOC-owned, Brooklyn-based studio known for their eclectic products that are co-created by humans and robots together, the Wavy Lamp is a 3D-printed piece, made with heat-resistant corn-based plastic.

Designer: Wooj Design

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