Gallery: INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Guna...

We recently reported on the Lumio lamp, an innovative LED lighting fixture that folds out of a portable and stylish wood hard-bound book. The Lumio was designed by Max Gunawan, a San Francisco-based designer with a penchant for multi-faceted, multi-functional products. To jumpstart the production of his Lumio lamp, Gunawan recently launched a Kickstarter campaign. In just two weeks, Gunawan has already been met with success, pulling in over $330,000 — nearly six times his target goal. Just last week, we visited the designer at his studio where he spoke to us about the inspiration for his design, his efforts to bring his idea to market, and his future plans.

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  1. Heiko von Debschitz January 26, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I am not sure if at the time of the interview Marc Carter was aware that a lot of Kickstarter backers still have not received their Lumios. I am one of them. We backed the project and subsequently paid via Kickstarter in March last year and were originally promised delivery in September. The last public word coming from Max was his project update in Mid-October when he mentioned October 28 as the planned shipping date. Since then I and many others have been waiting patiently for our Lumios to arrive, or at least for some form of explanation why our products are not shipped to us. At the same time Max has gladly been accepting (and apparently even fulfilling!) orders from new customers worldwide through his company’s website. I am writing this on January 26. I find it difficult to read an article about Lumio’s success and Max praising his Kickstarter support without feeling very upset at the way so many of the project’s original backers are quite literally left in the dark!
    (Consult the Lumio project page on to read over 1000 comments from backers and Max’s responses — or lack thereof.)

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