This Origami-inspired lamp folds flat into a sheet while carrying, and opens into a nifty tabletop lamp when you need

Working almost like an iPad cover/stand would, the ORY lamp is a nifty little flat-packed number that you can slide right into your backpack and carry wherever you need. Upon arriving at a dark setting that requires tabletop illumination, the sheet cleverly folds into a two-way tabletop lamp that shines light downwards and forwards, letting you easily light up a space for work, reading, dining, etc.

The nifty little Ory lamp (named for its origami abilities) assumes the shape of a flat sheet of faux leather, making it ridiculously easy to slide into backpacks, briefcases, or folders. It uses two powerful COB (Chip on Board) LEDs that sit flat within the lamp’s design, and comes with crease-lines that allow the flat leatherette sheet to transform into a tubular structure with two offshoots (sort of like two banana peels) that sport the LED strips facing downward. Switch the lamp on and the LEDs cast a bright direct light onto a tabletop surface. Flaps on the sides of the LEDs act as lamp-shades, preventing the direct glare from the LEDs from hitting your eye, while focusing the light downwards towards an otherwise dark tabletop surface.

Designer: Il-Seop Yoon

As interesting as the lamp may look visually, its internals are just as awe-inspiring. The lamp’s folding/flexing design still manages to cleverly integrate all the necessary electronics in, while still remaining deceptively flat. The lamp runs on a mobile phone Li-ion battery, giving it a slim construction, and even sports a wireless Qi-charging coil on the side, allowing you to fold the lamp up and place it on a wireless charger to juice up its battery. The absence of a traditional charging port, according to designer Il-Seop Yoon, allows the Ory lamp to be water-resistant too, so a couple of drops of rain (or a knocked-over cup of coffee) won’t do anything to the lamp.

Metal plates inside the lamp’s design give it structure while also providing the creasing necessary for the lamp to flip and fold. Moreover, I wouldn’t be surprised if they acted as a heat sink too, dissipating any of the thermal energy generated by the LEDs.

There aren’t too many technical details (or pricing) on the Ory, given that it’s currently just a proof of concept. Although, I’d really like to see the lamp hit production soon!

A modular light fixture inspired by the abacus lets you add, subtract and have fun with your light setup!

Abaculux is a modular light fixture inspired by the abacus, an ancient counting tool used for centuries, allowing users to add and subtract as many light bulbs necessary to achieve that prime lighting.

The abacus is an ancient counting frame tool that can aid in addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. While they have been used for centuries, abacuses are still made today, often with a bamboo frame and sliding wires stocked with counting beads. Taking inspiration from the ancient mathematical tool, designer Pranjal Uday developed Abaculux, a modular light fixture that takes the same shape as an abacus, allowing users to add and subtract light bulbs however they choose.

The Abaculux is a minimalist light fixture, rising as a single standing rod with a collection of golden light bulbs lining it up and down. Outfitted with a flared trumpet base, Abaculux is bottom-heavy with a steady build that manages to carry multiple light bulbs at once. Uday created Abaculux in part to make the energy consumption of light more apparent by revealing to users how much light they use in a visual presentation they can actually count.

When users want to add a bulb to the electrical rod, they can be slid down and onto the dock where they light up once connected to the pole’s conduction terminals. Following the same method, users can add or subtract however many light bulbs necessary for their preferred lighting. The lightbulbs can also be configured in varying layouts, allowing users to bunch the bulbs at the bottom or appear more spread out over the pole.

Designed for users to witness how much energy they consume when using light fixtures like lamps and LEDs, Pranjal Uday’s Abaculux is a clever reinterpretation of the ancient counting tool we’ve relied on for accurate measurement for centuries. Inspired by the abacus’s shape and design, Abaculux is familiar in appearance but unconventional in design, enhancing its ergonomic build and savvy look.

Designer: Pranjal Uday

Users can either let the light bulbs bunch up at the pole’s bottom or leave them to spread out. 

The conduction terminal gives light to each bulb when connected.

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These immersive lamps are designed to show us exactly how bad light-pollution can be for cities

Can you remember the last time you looked up at the city sky and saw the stars? Chances are if you live in a metropolitan city, you’ll barely be able to see any stars in the sky because of how bright your surroundings are. It’s a phenomenon referred to as light pollution, or the presence of so many artificial lights that it results in ‘wasted energy’ in the form of light particles that ‘litter’ our skies. Unlike noise and dust pollution (which have pretty noticeable effects on our wellbeing), light pollution’s negative impact isn’t noticeably adverse, although it’s known to mess with our circadian rhythms, our mood, visibility, and the environment.

For billions of years, most of the earth has been used to a pretty fixed cycle of having the sun out for half the day, and darkness for the other half. Most plants and animals rely on this consistent pattern of day and night, but urban setups interfere with this cycle because cities are constantly artificially lit during the night. Notably, plants bloom open during the day and shut during the night – a process made rather difficult around streetlights or in indoor settings. Nocturnal animals find living in cities exceptionally difficult too, since years of evolution have equipped them with the ability to see and forage/hunt in pitch darkness, and well-illuminated cities often making hunting difficult with their bright lights, loud sounds, and fast-moving cars. The ill-effects of light pollution aren’t immediately apparent to us, but they affect our environments – something that designers Hao-Mei Wang and Pei-Tzu Ku are bringing to the forefront with their series – Trapped In Light.

Trapped In Light is a series of immersive experiences that tap into our empathetic side by allowing us to understand how nocturnal creatures feel in light-polluted cities. The lamps are positioned at eye-level, and require you to stand with your face inside the lampshade. The inner surface of the lampshade comes painted with cityscape artwork that is illuminated by the lamp’s bulb. Switch the bulb off, and you’d expect things to go dark, but the lamp begins glowing thanks to a coating of phosphorescent paint. You’re never in pitch darkness because the ‘city is always glowing’, and while humans are diurnal in nature, it’s easy to understand how difficult it can be for animals that need the dark to survive – either to navigate environments, to hunt, or to avoid being hunted.

The lamps, which were exhibited at the Taiwan Tech University, have an eerie appeal to them. You immediately feel a sense of being trapped because there’s no escaping the city. Even in the darkness, lingering lights from buildings, windows, roadsides, mobile screens, somehow find their way to you. Even the sky gets so illuminated by the stray photons of light that you can’t see the stars up above… a price that seems pretty small for humans, but goes against the very process of nature for some animals and plants.

Designers: Hao-Mei Wang and Pei-Tzu Ku

Gantri’s latest 3D-printed light is a modern reinterpretation of the quintessential vintage kerosene lamp

Named after its inspiration, the Kero from Gantri is a lamp that’s equal parts retro and modern. The origins of its design come from the antique kerosene-based lamps used popularly in the 1800s, while its modern element is ostensibly its minimal design (created by Elvin Chu of studio noun), and the fact that the lamp runs on modern LEDs instead of burning kerosene. Manufactured by Gantri, the lamp’s body is 3D printed too (out of the proprietary Gantri Plant Polymers) and comes in either black, sand, or the iconic red.

The Kero is one of Gantri’s larger lights, measuring 15.75″ in height. Like its oil-powered predecessors, Kero features a prominent handle that beautifully frames the light. While it’s designed to be carried around, the Kero (like all of Gantri’s lights) comes with a cord running through the back along with a built-in dimmer switch.

Made to move throughout the home, the Kero Table Light is perfect for adding supportive lighting at your work desk during the day, to an ambient glow for al fresco dinners on your patio.

Designer: Elvin Chu (noun studio) for Gantri

This minimal desk organizer comes with a unique switch-free mechanism to turn the light on and off!

Award-winning industrial designer, Yohan Lansard, has once again given us a design that we are adding to our “major need!” list. Desk Tidy is both a lamp and a sleek desk organizer (also called desk tidy) for the miscellaneous items that usually cause clutter. The lighting concept is made with machined wood, anodized aluminum, and a diffusing tube.

Both a lamp and a desk tidy, the light turns on when the lightbox is positioned vertically and turns off horizontally – simple, neat, and effective. How the lamp turns on and off is very intuitive as well as the paper-clip-inspired shape makes it even more perfect for your desk. The CMF is minimal and durable, the style would work in any desk or office setup without being distracting.

“Both a lamp and a desk tidy, the light turns on when the lightbox is positioned vertically and turns off horizontally. Available in several forms, this concept makes it possible to respond to different types of objects.” Would be even cooler if the designer could integrate a wireless charging mechanism to provide a distinct differentiation from the metallic charges we see in the market.

The French designer continues to explore this concept which was created for Artemide, an Italian design studio known for its innovative lighting.

Designer: Yohan Lansard

Is this an ambient lamp that also tells the time? Or is it a clock that doubles as a mood light?

Light and time have a pretty old bond. In science, light and time are collectively used to determine the ‘light year’, a unit of measurement used to describe the distance between intergalactic objects. The speed of light is also a universal constant, and a physical barrier that Einstein says is impossible to break… but the scientific connotations aside, light was used to tell the time back before clocks were invented. The sundial is perhaps one of the oldest man-made time-telling instruments there are – and they relied on the sun’s shadow to give one a rough estimate of the time of the day (in fact, that’s where the phrase is believed to have originated from, since we couldn’t really tell the ‘time of the night’).

Now that we’ve got that history lesson out of the way, let’s look at the Helix lamp, an aesthetic and modern reinterpretation of light’s association with time. The Helix Lamp uses shafts of light to tell the time. Rather than relying on the conventional hands-pointing-at-numbers approach, Helix uses slightly offset (or helical) discs that project a channel of light. At night, the channel of light acts as a visual indicator of a clock-hand, and in the day, the disc’s offset casts a shadow, acting as a hand (quite like a sundial).

The Helix Lamp uses two such rotating discs to display the hours and minutes. It works as a clock throughout the day, but a small switch on the top allows you to toggle its lighting function. Hit the button and the hands light up, while the back of the lamp casts a halo of diffused light against the wall behind it, allowing the Helix’s minimal silhouette to show. Simple, yet incredibly sophisticated.

Designer: Josh Connor

This incredible floor-lamp design surrounds your armchair with a ring, giving you a sliding, adjustable halo of light

The Ring Light is quite unlike any lamp I’ve ever seen. Sure, the name ‘Ring Light’ might ring a bell to some photographers (I couldn’t resist that pun), but this one isn’t a light that’s shaped like a circle… Instead, it comes mounted on a ring-shaped stand that fits around your seating.

The stand plays a few pretty interesting roles – Firstly, it really just acts as a wonderful accent to your furniture. The way the circular stand ‘outlines’ your favorite reading chair is just beautiful to look at, and brings visual emphasis to your seating in a powerful way. Secondly, the circular ring serves as a sliding rail for the Ring Light. The light sits on the rail and can be moved around anywhere, giving you a controllable directional light-source instead of a boring stationary one. You can adjust the light’s angle and direction simply by sliding it around, either for being able to read better, or for selfies with dramatic lighting! Finally, a nifty little side-table on the left of the ring lets you rest your books, phone, or cup of coffee/tea on it. Pretty neat, eh?

Designer: Richard Malachowski

The light works on its own too (you don’t NEED to add furniture to it), but it brings on a new meaning the minute you introduce seating to the mix. Given its size, it can only fit a single-seater within it, and really works with any sort of furniture-style, from an armchair to an ottoman, to even a beanbag if you choose. My only bit of advice is to watch your head when you get up!

These Bauhaus-inspired chandeliers and wall-lamps add a touch of modernism to your interiors!

Titled the Moonrise collection, these lighting designs are a Bauhaus-inspired interpretation of the different phases of the moon. Designed by Lara Bohinc for Brooklyn-based design outfit Roll & Hill, the Moonrise comes in 3 styles – two wall sconces, and one chandelier, available in either brushed brass or black anodized aluminum.

The collection makes use of straight lines intermingled with circles and half-round shapes, creating different stages of the moon ranging from a full to a half and even a crescent moon. The lighting elements sit within artistically detailed aluminum frames that end up looking like sculptural pieces when the lights are off. Switch the lights on, however, and they attract the eye even more!

The Moonrise’s playfully geometric design manages to stay true to its lunar inspiration in a beautifully abstract way. The design manages to be bold yet light, geometric yet fluid, and echoes the moon’s feminine qualities wonderfully through its almost jewel-like design.

“Lighting is like jewelry for the room – it brings sparkle, life, and joy to any space. Lights are accents that determine the mood. The room is never complete without lighting,” says Lara Bohinc, the designer behind the collection.

Designer: Lara Bohinc for Roll & Hill

This “Lava lamp on steroids” can light up your space in any color or gradient you can imagine!

It might look like a glow-stick, but the Moonside lamp is capable of producing colors and gradients that no glow-stick can ever match up to. Underneath its translucent outer body sits a matrix of RGB LEDs that can be custom-programmed to light up in a variety of patterns… like a psychedelic lava lamp that fills your room with an absolute ocean of hues.

Designer: Akai Zi

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Hundreds of Dynamic Lighting Effects from Moonside App

Quite aptly called the Moonside Neon Lighthouse, this cylindrical little baton of light has about 90 RGB LEDs on the inside that can reproduce 16 million colors each. That’s more gradients/combinations than my mind can even come up with. Its vertical cylindrical shape pays homage to its long-time ancestor, the candle, and comes with similar proportions and a frosted, waxy-white exterior that, however, instead of lighting from the top (like a candle), lights up from the inside instead.

Sort of like a multi-color standalone tubelight, the Moonside Lighthouse can be used in a whole variety of ways. Pre-program it to light up your room in your favorite colors, or sync it to the colors of your favorite team when there’s a match on. Alternatively, you could connect it to your music app and turn your home into a makeshift discotheque, or even use the Moonside as a lighting prop for your photography projects.

The LEDs cover the entire body of the lamp, shining light in 360° with up to 800 lumens of brightness (which means you can use the Moonside as a portable flashlight too). The lamp is supplied power via a USB-C port, and can either be controlled via a smart controller remote, via the Moonside app, or even your smart home assistant.

You can build your own integrations via IFTTT too (creating custom themes to suit each Spotify playlist, or doing odd things like programming the light to go green when the price of Bitcoin goes up, or red when it drops).

Easily the sleekest, smartest, most vibrant little lamp ever, the Moonside comes in 4 variants (where you get to choose the color of the lamp’s metal base) and begins shipping this month (August 2021).

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This concrete restaurant merges brutalist architecture with a vertical garden design for an inviting green vibe!

Walking into the Loop Design Studio’s Playground Restaurant, patrons will feel transported to some whimsical greenhouse somewhere in the middle of their concrete city.

When a new restaurant opens up, it has the potential to change the entire vibe of your neighborhood. Restaurants have to make sense of the neighborhood they come into and contribute something new to it. The new Playground Restaurant in the commercial hub of Chandigarh, India tries to do just that by incorporating familiar brutalist and modernist interior design elements and blending those with blooming plant life to give the recognizable concrete look playful, green energy.

A cinder block wall forms an irregular building pattern and merges a concrete look with a vertical garden of potted plants. Overhead, a translucent glass ceiling disperses soft light, and the surrounding walls, plotted with concrete planters and greenery, aerate the restaurant’s open-air space. While markings of the city’s modernist origins appear throughout the restaurant, those are juxtaposed with key biophilic design elements.

The industrial ceiling is softened with vintage hanging lamps and surrounding greenery. Even the walls, made from protruding cinder blocks, are bustling with vines and plant life. The cinder blocks assemble an irregular pattern, stacked on top of one another at varied orientations. Loop Design Studio filled the blocks’ exposed cores with vintage glass Edison light bulbs that emanate warm, golden light and the blocks that jut out from the wall with potted plants.

The wall between Playground Restuarant’s cinder block walls is lined with audio cassette tapes. A woodfire oven sets the stage for the restaurant’s elevated, cozier corner that features terracotta flooring with polished cobalt blue tiles.

Rustic, mismatched wooden tables fill the interior of the Playground, enhancing its cozy appeal. Flanking both sides of a wall lined with audio cassette tapes, the cinder block walls create a sort of shelf system which Loop Design Studio filled up with warm lighting fixtures and plenty of different potted plants, like dracaena and evergreen vines.

The restaurant’s lounge area features webbed woodwork and brass accents to evoke a darker, more romantic mood. By tapping into Chandigarh’s brutalist cityscape while embracing the natural playfulness of biophilic design, Loop Design Studio established a restaurant that feels familiar and sheds new light on the city’s ingrained concrete personality.

Designer: Loop Design Studio