There was certainly no shortage of green lighting brightening up this year's New York Design Week, but if you were one of the unlucky few who found themselves cooped up inside working under less inspiring light, don't let that daily grind cast a shadow on your days. Our intrepid team of Inhabitants were on the scene scooping up the brightest energy-efficient lighting designs across the city, and we've rounded up our top green finds! Click through our gallery ahead to check out which lamps shed light on sustainability during this year's New York City Design Week!
Designed by Aqua Creations, each 96 Molecules lamp is crafted by folding a single sheet of paper without any other manipulations. The process emphasizes craftsmanship and creates a unique product that is not mass-produced – it takes a single person a full day to fold two pieces!
Pacific Northwest-based Perhacs Studio unveiled a striking series of flat pack cardboard pendant lamps at the Model Citizens exhibition. The modular lamps are assembled from laser-cut cardboard shapes that come in a variety of forms ranging from simple soft geometries to complex branch-like designs.
Aqua Creation’s mesmerizing Gail Collection is a series of beautiful suspended mobiles made using hand-dyed and treated crushed silk. The delicate material is drawn over black metal frames and illuminated from within with an energy-efficient CFL bulb.
Frances Ranno‘s funny and fun “Sneaks” sneaker lamp made their debut at the Pratt Student Show during NY Design Week’s. Meshing a symbol of urban culture with energy efficient lighting, the fixture incorporates a compact fluorescent bulb for long lasting life.
The Skip Light by Takeshi Miyakawa is an otherworldly illuminative block that features LED bulbs. If you’re looking for a way to modernize your space, these are probably you best bet.
A group of Philadelphia University industrial design students worked with Plyboo to showcase innovative new applications for the sustainable material. Shown here are two beautiful pendant lamps by Michael C. Shannon (left) and Jordan Haynes (right).
An Inhabitat favorite, we got a first hand glimpse of Hulger’s stunning sculptural lightbulb the Plumen. The Plumen consumes up to 80% less electricity that incandescent bulbs and lasts eight times as long.
These stunning Coral Reef lamps from QisDesign light up with a just a quick flick of the wrist.The lamps feature three overlapping disc-shaped LED lights that can be individually “switched on” when users pivot them on their hinges.
Pierre Ospina’s forest of luminous “trees” feature several innovative re-purposed materials, as well as low energy LED bulbs. The series of lamps created a much needed micro-sanctuary within the ICFF convention center.