New York Design Week may be over, but we're still digging through all of the fantastic designs we spotted from Manhattan to Brooklyn. This year's design exhibits showcased scores of LED-illuminated lamps, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that LED lighting is the future, and we were hard pressed to find any energy-sucking incandescent bulbs casting a shadow on the festivities. But which green lighting designs stood out amongst the bunch? Inhabitat's intrepid reporters were on the scene to scope out the best and the brightest of the next generation of green lighting. From a hanging pendant lamps exploding with LEDs to beautiful teardrop lights made from recycled Indonesian fishing baskets, check out 10 lamps that really shone bright at this year's New York Design Week!
Group-Two Design‘s elegant LED Chandelier updates the trope of the classic baroque chandelier with twenty-first century lighting technology, and sleek modern lines. Group-Two used laser cutting technology to fabricate each lamp’s five arms, which branch out from a central base and light up the night with linear LED lighting strips.
Moooi‘s beautiful Heracleum Lamps burst onto the scene at ICFF, where they captivated onlookers with delicate forms inspired by plants. Light-bearing LED “leaves”: branch out from the lamp’s central structure, which carries a low-voltage current to power the lamp without the need for individual wires. In addition to showcasing an innovative use of technology, we think you’ll agree that these LED pendant lamps make a stunning centerpiece for a modern room.
Want to live large in a small space? Look no further than Mineheart‘s King Edison XII Chandelier, which packs plenty of gilded baroque splendor into a tiny cheeky package. This awesomely fabulous low-energy lamp is lit by a dozen tiny LEDs ensconced within a clear glass shade – which make it look a bit like a giant Edison bulb, until you get up close and see the tiny chandelier inside.
Tucker Robbins‘s beautiful Teardrop Lights are made of repurposed fishing baskets handcrafted by Toraja women in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The handmade rattan baskets are lined with rice paper and give off a diffuse amber glow. Each is handmade and unique – what’s not to love?
No, you’re not staring into the fiery eye of the Dark Lord Sauron. This year David Trubridge teamed up with crystal overlords Swarovski to create a spectacular circular LED lamp that is ringed by a row of sparkling crystals.
LED technology is increasingly lighting up every facet of our lives – but we never thought we’d find these the tiny low-energy lights embedded within our walls! Mestyle showcased a sparkling series of LED wallpapers at ICFF that lend an ambient glow to any interior.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have daylit interiors with expansive windows – which is why this “Reveal” projector light by Adam Frank is so brilliant. This diminutive projector lights up any blank wall with a virtual window – complete with shadowy foliage that appears to sway with passing breezes. With the projector you receive 6 different types of windows and 6 different types of foliage, so you can mix and match to suit your mood!
These spectacular Raimond Chandeliers by Moooi look like the finale of a 4th of July fireworks display! The elegant geodesic structure carries a low-voltage (safe to the touch) current to dozens of LEDs, eliminated the need for messy wires, and providing a stunningly original overhead lighting fixture.
Bower‘s geometric Polaris Lamp is made from faceted pieces of scrap wood built around a LED light. A magnet concealed within allows these flexible lamps to stick to any magnetic surface – so they can easily be positioned for ambient flair or focused task lighting.
At BKLYN Designs Adam Frank unveiled an LED update to his Lumen nightlight, which casts the form of a towering tree upon nearby walls. This enchanting lamp shows that even small low-energy lights can have a big impact!