Remember when most of the lightbulbs on store shelves were energy-sucking incandescents? Lighting technology advances by leaps and bounds - and designers are constantly exploring new materials, forms and concepts to brighten our lives. From Edison-style LED bulbs to spectacular chandeliers that shower the room with light, hit the jump to see the state of the art in lighting design.
We’ve covered Foldability‘s gorgeous origami lanterns since 2013, so we were thrilled to see designer Kyla McCallum unveil several brand new lamps at the London Design Festival. Her Toby pendant is made from 30 sheets of hand-folded Italian parchment paper, while the Audrey lamp is made from 115 squares of parchment.
Blackbody‘s spectacular Fire Ring chandelier is made from hundreds of low-energy OLED lamps. Although Fire Ring is a custom installation, the lighting company has opened a showroom in New York City and it’s prepared to launch its beautiful lights in stores and online.
LED Edison bulbs are sweeping the market for good reason – they cast the same lovely glow as their energy-sucking incandescent counterparts, and they last up to 15 times longer. Tala‘s beautiful Voronoi bulbs are sculpted to resemble the patterns formed by forest canopies, and the company plants 10 trees for every 200 bulbs it sells.
What if you could capture the light from a spectacular sunset and replay it at home? That’s the idea behind Olive Lab’s Sun Memories Lamp, which allows you to record lighting conditions throughout the day with a portable sensor. When you get home, synch the sensor to the clock and it will replay the color and intensity of light that you captured.
Vita is taking its lighting collection on the road – by creating a living room on wheels! The Vita On Tour project transformed an everyday truck into a glazed greenhouse decked out with lamps and modern decor.
These lovely little desk lamps pair an energy-efficient LED bulb with a sculptural base made from asbestos-free certified cement. Each light is 100% handmade by Korea-based BMIX Studio.
London-based lighting artist Min Sang Cho explores the potential of flexible OLEDs with his mind-bending Ribbon lamp. The hand-crafted light is made from 3D-printed materials, and it’s set in a stunning mirrored enclosure that multiplies its twisting form.
Glasgow-based Kate Colin was inspired by her mathematician father’s handmade polyhedra models, and she developed an innovative technique for creating hand-scored, folded paper lanterns. Her Hibiscus Globe light is made from FSC-certified, acid-free paper, and it’s available in a range of colors.
Yellow Broom strives to use locally-sourced, traceable timber to create zero-waste products. We love the graceful curves of their YB13.5 Lamp, which projects a luminous halo when it’s switched on.
Nir Meiri uses natural materials to create exceptional lights and furnishings. His Desert Storm Lamps are made almost entirely from molded sand, and they’re fitted with LED bulbs that cast a warm glow.
Paper Origami Lamp by Zhang Qian
Ross Lovegrove’s Manta lamps look like graceful sea creatures flying overhead. The lamps are lit entirely with low-energy LEDs, and they bathe their surroundings in soft, diffused light.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat