Gallery: World’s First OLED Lamp from Ingo Maurer

Osram OLED lamp panels by Ingo Maurer
Osram OLED lamp panels by Ingo Maurer

It’s an exciting time for OLED technology as it finally begins to integrate into the home and designers start to realize its potential for efficient and inexpensive lighting solutions in a variety of stunning new applications. Resembling a tiny tree blossoming with lucent leaves, Ingo Maurer‘s Early Future lamp is the world’s first to pack energy efficient OLED lighting into a tabletop form factor.

Organic light emitting diodes are incredibly energy efficient, long lasting, and can be produced on the cheap as evinced by GE’s recently rolled out OLED printing system. The two-dimensional panels emit broad swathes of diffuse light that is perfect for interior lighting applications, and they can even be rendered in a flexible format.

Ingo Maurer states: “They have a totally different look than traditional light sources. They neither require reflectors directing the light into the right direction nor large sockets. Their lightness allows the realisation of long-standing visions of mine”

The Early Future lamp is the crowning achievement of Maurer’s artistic innovation and Osram’s team of 50 research engineers dedicated to the development of OLED technology. It features an elegant array of ten small (132 x 33 mm) OLED panels, and Maurer states that it “represents an important stage in the transition from abstract object to functional designer lighting”. The designer’s name and artistic acclaim are bringing to bear a hefty price tag for the lamp, but it’s a striking proof of concept that will hopefully light the way towards future innovations.

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Photo source: Ingo Maurer/OSRAM



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  1. brianb June 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I would like to see larger lamps.

  2. old gun March 7, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    this looks good

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  4. steamer July 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    How many watts is this light? What is the light output?

  5. filepromptdotcom April 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    It’s just too fiddly, not useful, all those vanes to move around

    We need it to be more conventional

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