Nir Meiri turns cabbage leaves into paper-like lampshades

London-based studio Nir Meiri has teamed up with designer Vaidehi Thakkar to create a series of lamps with shades made from red cabbage leaves. The delicate veins and marbled colouring of the leaves shine through when a light source is applied. This organic aesthetic is contrasted with a simple, black and golden base housing the […]

Studio Sain uses traditional hand-turning process to create products incorporating wooden ball joints

Studio Sain worked with one of Austria’s last remaining woodturners to develop this collection of hand-turned wooden products that feature moving parts or modular components. Designers Martijn Rigters and Namuun Zimmermann, who began working together as Studio Sain in 2018, developed the Bulbous project as part of Vienna Design Week‘s Passionswege 2019 programme, which pairs […]

Apparatus designs Interlude furniture for “imagined, modernist concert hall”

An embroidered floor lamp and two eel-skin clad cabinets are among the objects in a collection by US lighting studio Apparatus that took direction from musical scores. Embroidery influenced by musical motifs decorates lamps and a screen in Apparatus’ Interlude Presented at this year’s Salon Art + Design in New York, the elaborate collection Interlude […]

Klove’s Totems Over Time lights take the form of art deco-style talismans

This collection of illuminated “totems” designed by Indian lighting brand Klove embodies an unconventional blend of art deco and tribal references. Created by lighting designers Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth from Klove, the Totems Over Time collection comprises 10 ornate structures made from glass and metal. Each design makes reference to ancient tribal symbols that […]

Fjord Oslo festival illuminates the city with series of installations

Seven installations lit up Oslo‘s harbour promenade for the inaugural Fjord Oslo light festival, each showing the effect that light can have on our emotions. In celebration of Oslo as European Green Capital of the year, all projects made use of light through a variety of approaches and technologies, to help visitors see their surroundings […]

Workstead launches new lighting collection at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

New York design studio Workstead has displayed a series of light fixtures influenced by forms used by modernist architect Philip Johnson inside his Glass House in Connecticut. Archetype by Workstead was displayed inside the Glass House because its forms and textures reference the modern style of the property  The new series called Archetype presents three […]

Adjustable lamp used by Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus school revived

German light company Midgard is reproducing a lamp that was used at the Bauhaus school to coincide with its 100th anniversary. The adjustable TYP 113 lamp was first produced by Midgard, a company was founded in 1919. Hamburg entrepreneurs David Einsiedler and Joke Rasch took over Midgard’s business in 2015, and re-launched 100 of the […]

Davidpompa shows Origo lights in shipping container for Mexico City design week

Mexico City design studio Davidpompa has added a slender floor lamp and a small table lamp to its Origo collection made from volcanic rock, which it showed in a shipper container. Davidpompa launched the two additions at this year’s Design Week Mexico as part of a two-day festival called Diseño Contenido, or Design Content. The […]

Six of the best Chinese design studios and brands at Design China Beijing

Dezeen’s Benedict Hobson picks out six Chinese design studios and brands that made an impression at the Design China Beijing trade show earlier this month. Design China Beijing featured over 200 exhibitors including a host of international brands, but also a significant contingent of design studios and companies based in China. “We want Design China Beijing […]

Fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester moves into homeware with debut collection

Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester has produced her first homeware and lighting collection, which launched at Maison&Object furniture fair in Paris this week. Ann Demeulemeester – who until six years ago headed up her eponymous fashion brand –  joined forces with Belgian furniture and homeware brand Serax to launch two collections of porcelain tableware, glassware, […]

Nea Studio creates lamps from dried seaweed

Curling edges detail these hanging lamps that New York designer Nina Edwards Anker has created from dried sheets of algae. Edwards Anker, who runs Brooklyn practice Nea Studio, moulded sheets of the marine plant around objects and left them to dry to create the cylindrical pendants. “We allow the raw nature of each individual sheet […]

Layer designs pendant lamps based on silkworm cocoons for Muuto

Benjamin Hubert‘s design studio Layer has created a series of cocoon-like pendant lights for Danish furniture brand Muuto, inspired by the silkworm’s act of “self-wrapping”. The lighting collection, called Strand, comprises four simple pendant lamps made using a fibrous polymer material that is sprayed over a lightweight steel structure to form a “cocoon”. This process […]

Verpan unveils previously unrealised designs from Verner Panton archive

Dedicated Verner Panton manufacturer Verpan has released three pieces of furniture designed by Panton but never before put into production, based on the designer’s original sketches. Verpan based the previously unrealised designs for the Reflect and Hive lights, and the Flex chair, on drawings found in the Panton archive. The release marks the first time that […]

Zhekai Zhang uses waste coffee grounds to create marble effect on Coffire lamps

Designer Zhekai Zhang has developed a method of staining porcelain with used coffee grounds to mimic the texture of marble, and applied the technique to a collection of lamps called Coffire. The method, inspired by ancient Chinese pit-firing techniques, forms an “imperfect” random texture, meaning each Coffire pendant light is different. The lamps are one […]

Koskela keeps weaving traditions alive with Ngalya lamp collection

Australian design brand Koskela has collaborated with indigenous artisans to make a series of hand-woven lights using locally harvested plant materials and natural dyes. The Ngalya lighting collection was created as part of Koskela‘s Yuṯa Baḏayala project, which translates as “in a new light”. The project saw the brand work with Yolngu weavers from six […]

Teresa van Dongen’s Mud Well light uses microorganisms to create electricity

Bacteria from a boggy World War Two bomb crater generate kaleidoscopic light forms inside this telescope-like tube by Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen. The Mud Well installation is the latest iteration of Van Dongen‘s ongoing research into geobacter bacteria as an electricity source for human use. The microorganisms, which can purify water while naturally and […]

Block9 reveals “monster” IICON stage at Glastonbury 2019

Block9 co-founders Gideon Berger and Steven Gallagher explain how they built the monolithic IICON stage at Glastonbury in this exclusive video shot by Dezeen at the famous music festival. IICON is a vast sculptural stage and outdoor dance arena by London creative partnership Block9, which debuted at Glastonbury festival in Somerset, UK, last weekend. The […]

Pelle’s Incise Paintings feature glass bulbs peeking out of slits of painted canvas

New York City design studio Pelle has created lights that pop through incisions in painted canvas surfaces. Called Incise Paintings, the collection comprises a series of lights that poke through boldly coloured and framed canvases. Pelle drew influence from the works of Lucio Fontana, an early 20th-century Argentine-Italian painter and sculptor, for the series. “We […]

Konekt debuts chainmail lighting in dark-blue Manhattan showroom

Mother-and-daughter design studio Konekt has coloured the walls of its new showroom in New York City dark blue to provide a bold backdrop to its sculptural lighting and furniture designs. Konekt is run by Helena Sultan, a former photographer and documentary filmmaker, who established the studio in Philadelphia in 2015. She has recently brought on […]

JamesPlumb transforms demolition waste into collection of chandeliers and candelabra

London design studio JamesPlumb has reused twisted steel rebar and concrete rubble salvaged from demolition sites to create a series of delicate structures that hold candles. The studio headed by James Russell and Hannah Plumb was interested in repurposing materials that are usually discarded when the foundations of existing buildings are uprooted during the demolition […]

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