Ikea‘s new Solvinden lamp translates from Swedish as “Sun Wind,” as those are the two elements that power it. The cordless LED lamp is charged by a combination of the lampshade, which rotates in a breeze, and the sun’s rays hitting the solar panel on the top. The solar panel contains a sensor that swiches the lights on when it’s dark outside. Retail price $29.99.
Polaboys are enlarged Polaroids to a scale of 10:1 (to 88x107cm) and backlit. They are 20 mm thick and use energy-saving LED area lights. The frame is wooden and they are made in Germany. The photographs can be changed at any time and you can even send in your own custom image when buying a Polaboy! We think giant Polaroids are super cool, and far better than those horrible digital photo frames!
For two years German product designer and master craftsman Jirko Bannas, creative director and photobook publisher Oliver Seltmann worked intensively on the idea of the light picture. None of the existing standard products measured up to their vision of an ultra-flat, bright and uniformly illuminated lightwall.
During that period they developed products which would meet the highest technical, aesthetic and artistic demands the LIGHTBOYS LIGHTWALL®, the roof top lights® and the POLABOY®. You can view their other amazing products via their Lightboys website
Shintaro Ohata was born in 1975 in 1975 in Hiroshima, Japan and is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy days and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of a 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture.
Bocci is a contemporary design and manufacturing house based in Vancouver, Canada, with a satellite company based in Berlin, Germany. Unlike typical corporate structures, Bocci operates unconventionally as a co-operative community of designers, architects, craftspeople, technicians, agents, governance bodies, testing facilities, raw materials suppliers and fine shops. Their aim is to build a healthy, flexible and stable network united under the goal of creating practical but striking consumer goods of the highest quality.
The trend in contemporary manufacturing is to outsource production. In contrast, Bocci is committed to manufacturing at their Vancouver factory. They have a fully equipped glass blowing studio in the same building as their offices, warehouse and design studio, and off site locations for glass casting, ceramics and metal sand casting. Bocci designers, technicians and salespeople walk through the factory floor to get to their desks, and thus have an intimate and profound connection to work. All these activities take place around a central courtyard with a very large tree, carved into the 5th floor of a renovated art deco former printing press building located close to Vancouver’s downtown, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Even though their pieces focus on the more emotional, irrational and romantic shades of the contemporary design spectrum, they are deeply committed to rigorous and intelligent execution. Bocci are not afraid of technical complexity, and are constantly searching for technical innovation. When they came to the conclusion that commercially available lamps did not meet their rigorous quality standards, they developed and are now manufacturing their own proprietary Xenon and LED lamps, which have longer lamp lives and lower failure rates than any available alternative. Their thirst for innovation translates into everything they do, ranging from the process of making the sculptural chandelier shades, to the design of the components that hold them together, to the lamps that are used to light them, and to the packaging that contains them.
These vintage books have been up cycled by Philip Hansen of San Diego’s Typewriter BoneYard into a perfect reading light for any age. The book is aged beautifully, and the art / style on the cover and binding is beautiful. Looks great on any bedside table, coffee table, shelf, desk etc. The socket takes candelabra sized bulbs, and is controlled by a dimmer switch.
They also do Chandeliers, and Pendant Lamps.