Amidst the colorful swarm of furniture design at last Saturday's ICFF during New York Design Week stood a miniature forest of luminous "trees" that lit up Pierre Ospina's booth. The native French designer was showing off his latest creations, known as "Blossom Bulbs," which 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 festival itself where this young, gregarious designer explained his vision.
Ospina used the rubber linings of tires to wrap each lamp’s pillar-like base in a black, semi-glossy covering. Staggered along each lamp are a series of leaf-shaped cut outs that cradle spherical LED globes. The designer adapted the commercially available LED bulbs by outfitting them with glass globes, giving the lamps a much softer look. Because of the wide availability of discarded tire linings, this particular design holds a lot of potential for an economically viable and inherently “green” commercial product. The lamp itself is an excellent example of the new creative freedom made possible by LED bulbs’ low-temperature light. Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs’ high temperatures could create a potential fire hazard because of the design’s close contact between the bulb and rubber encasing.
Each lamp comes in a wide array of different sizes, and can be used as table, or floor lighting. While the lamps could be used individually, the artist stressed the importance of creating a “landscape to wander” by organically spacing multiple pieces. Ospina’s work is an instance where tasteful design meets technological innovation, and adaptive re-use of materials. We hope to see his lamps available to the public in the near future.