What would you do with a cup of water and two spoons of salt?
Let me tell you a high end answer: I will make it light emitted. That is salt water light—SALt.
RUIDesign team has considered that it is difficult for people in very remote and poor areas in China to live electrified lives. Therefore, they designed this water and salt-powered LED light. It can be used for not only lighting but also power charging. Seawater applies to this light as well.
The lampshade is made of high-quality ground glass, and the handle is made of textured stainless steel. Combine traditional candle in memory and modern safe and energy-saving LED, this hand lamp can create perfect life atmosphere. It adopts the wireless charging method, and can be charged when user put it down.
The lampshade is made of high-quality ground glass, and the base is made of ABS dull polish. Users only need to put it upside down and then put it right to light it up. Perfect user experience and sparkling candlelight effect add a romantic atmosphere to your dining-table or bedside. One short time charge will make the light bright all night.
If you get up in the night, the harsh lights may affect your or your roomate’s following sleep. The big screen of your mobile phone won’t be the best choice either. Just take the Travelamp! It can be installed on the mobile phone’s camera, and the its light is so soft that it will makes the user feel very comfortable.
LIGHT is the latest creation from studio in Tokyo. It is creative and full of design elements. The lampshade projected on the wall makes the light distinctive. There is another advantage is that you can stare at the light without others’ judgements.
This is a brilliant idea. Place the open mouthed bottle under the specialized water faucet, the bottle will full of light, and light up the dark space. After running of the light, all you need is to put the bottle under the faucet to “fill”.
Note: the picture from the network
More and more designers begin to focus on usage of solar energy. 84 has introduced a curtain which collect solar energy in daytime and drive LED to light in evening. Blight is a more effective design which is more likely to be achieved.
The solar electrooptical device of this curtain is a solar energy silicon panel. Solar energy collected in daytime are transformed into electrical energy and stored in the battery on the top. When the night comes, the electroluminescent materials on the window shades will give out light. The energy collected in the daytime can support the window shade keep lighting for serval hours.
It is a standing out design. The LED light source is installed at the bottom of the cylindric. There is a mirror on the metal shelf, and reverse the mirror you can shine everywhere you want to. Combine with retroreflector’s characteristics of “convex” and “concave”, you can avoid from affecting others when using the light.
It is a scene loved by most of people that sunlight come in through the window. Unfortunately, not every has a big south-facing french window.
This LED wall light fits into the wall very well. When the LED array is not lighting, nobody will notice it is behind the wall. When the LED array is lighting, the parallelogram-type luminous surface shines like the sunlight comes through the window.
By the way,the more amazing thing is that if you use make half of the LED array warm light LED, you can switch between white light and yellow light.
Luna Piedra looks like slippy cobble which is ubiquitous in streams. Unlike the slient cobbles, there are wholes in this high-tech cobbles. When putting them in the water, the water flow would drive the nanogenerator to produce power, and the built-in OLED would give out light. Comparing with traditional water landscape lamp, these manmade cobbles give out light without extra power supplying and pollytion. It also do not need installation. – – !!!
Light blossom is a special conceptual streetlight named by Philips. Its appearance in the night is an ordinary light gives out light . Its specialty is it blossoms in the daytime to collect solar energy. It can also change directions follow the sun, like sunflowers. When the wind comes, it shrinks slowly and turns with the wind. When the evening comes, the petals come back together like a flower bud. Proper light comes from the LED inside the flower bud, and changes according the movement of pedestrian.
It is a concept put forward by Philips in 2008. They said that “You may see it on the street in few years”. Unfortunately, we still have not seen it in our life years later.
Different degrees of light are needed in different times. Normally we would choose lamps with dimming switch. This smart table lamp could dim the light in a more convenient way: one can touch the panel with his finger, and scribe a length. LED inside the lamp will shine the degree as the length he scribes. Scribe on the panel rapidly can turn off the lamp.
This is a design in the bookshelf. It looks as ordinary bookshelf in the daytime, and when the evening comes, the LED behind the lattice will give out light, and light upon the profile of things put on the shelf.
Young British Designer Paul Cocksedge
“What Professior Arad has influenced me most is that he encouraged us to design for more than one specific area. As long as you got an idea and no matter what it is about, you can achieve it according to your thought. He keeps designing transboundry and communicating with us. His spirit really inspires us.”
Bulb is one of Paul’s major works. This work has become a vase lamp named Life 01 developed by Luminaire Design Brand Flos. Veins of plants is used as a electrical conductor because there is water in them. When you fill the vase with water and put a flower in it, the vase will become a bright lamp. There is no secret components inside the vase, and the life of plants is the resource of the lamp. So if the plant withers and have no water inside its body, the lamp goes out.You will need another flower to light it up.
Kiss is Paul’s first work brought to Shanghai. “Design is people-oriented”is the princeple Paul has insisted on and developed. The prototype of Kiss is created in 2009 when Paul designed this lighting interactive fixture. Interaction between people become a part of this work. When people stand on the platform of this device and kiss, the moment when two person’s lips touching others, those two person become a part of the electric current, and the whole lighting devices in the dome of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Kiss was shown as the mistletoe and Christmas tree at the Govent Garden Plaza in London in 2010 and Xintiandi in Shanghai in 2013. It is said that Kiss in 2015 will be a tree floating in the air, and their won’t be trunk in the tree. People will kiss under the tree in the air, and light up the tree and sky surround.
Paul’s work Kiss in London in 2009. Couples kiss with holding mistletoe, and the Christmas tree is lighted up.
Thoughts on Visiting Euroluce of Milan Furniture Fair in 2015
After having seen most of products displayed in Euroluce of Milan Furniture, I have known the distance between our and western designers and where to aim. Out of a sense of responsibility to Chinese luminary design industrt, I wrote this article to share some of my thoughts on Chinese designers’ ways of developing with luminary entrepreneurs and designers who were unable to attend the fair.
A perfect light should has a good story to build emotional connection between customer and itself. Emotional connections are especially important for consumer lights. This is a detail which has been paid close attention by European brands while ignored by Chinese enterprises. Chinese designers are used to make “good looking products”or “expensive looking products”instead of exploring how to build emotional connections between products and customers. Take products from Euroluce as examples:
On the fair, Italian brand Foscarini has invited designers from different countries and developed a series of lamps on the theme of “memory”. The texture of kites (pic 1), the rotating of bike’s hub under the setting sun (pic 2), the foggy riverway (pic 3) can all be themes of memory. In order to arousing consumer’s feeling, they made fancy videos of those products, and the products’ concepts are presented more vividly. Who doesn’t have a childhood? And who doesn’t have memories? Could the product be successful or not? It depends on if the consumers can be touched by designer’s memory.
Here is another product from Foscarini: this concept is lines formed on a liquid surface when sound wave vibrates. This rhythmical lines have been used on lights, and brought special emotional experience.
The name of a product is the most intuitive reflect of its concept. The famous SK4 record player named “Coffin of Snow White”designed by the German industrial designer Dieter Rams for Braun 60 years ago. This name is so attractive that make people want to realize the player’s charm. Both a good story and a good name will cause consumer’s good connection in the mind. There are hardly any lights have stories, and that is what should draw Chinese designer’s attention. What designers should do is to not only give out the appearance but also shape the soul. A good designer should also consider from the marketing angle to give an overall plan to package the design scheme.
Almost every brand on the fair has its own positioning and feature. Besides big brands like Artemide, most of luminary brands has precise positionings and simplified product lines. They prefer to make one or two products perfect than develop lots of products. What has impressed me most is a brand named Album. Its products are designed around the theme of universe, and the demonstration is also ingenious. When I walked into the demonstrating gallery through a small door, it seemed like an album was slowly opened, and lights came to us in the form of pictures. All those works were about the niverse, and I felt I had enterred a magical world. This demonstrating style was not only adopted in their exhibition room but also in their promotion materials, website and so on.
Another Itallian brand Artemide is also a good story teller. A light named “Danseuses”looked like a girl in a swirling dress has attracted lots of audiences. Another gesture-controlled modular light named “Scrittura”was also very charming through the illustration of video. I thought that, in China, when manufactures introducing a gesture-controlled light, instead of vivid videos, they might only add few words in product description.
Delightful displayed its wall lights in a dreamlike way; Exenia displayed its track light in a polychrome way through the products’ rich colors and booth design; Vibia buried its product into earth to show its concept of bamboo; Fontana Arte prepared several wooden boxes, and painted the inwalls with their brand colors and then light interferences would not happen inside the boxes. All these compositions and overall arrangements are narrative.
Then I went to a booth of a designer brand. The designer Kate Yorks introduced her products to me friendly. She said that her brand identy was jus like a pet of hers. Her works emphasize on modular and environmental ideas. She made wooden modules into table lights, panel lights and wall lights. Products she designed are equipped with woven bags, cushioning foam and wooden packaging boxes. All those things are with a unitive style. In the end, Kate has given me a miniature table light as a little gift. She told me that she had spent weeks on this little stuff, but when she thought it might impress others, she became very excited and satisfied. I tell her that there are hardly any exhibitor prepares gifts for visitors so carefully. Kate also told me to follow her on twitter. After seeing her twitter pages, I found many inspiring introductions include her concepts, developing processes, and mass producting processes.
In fact, coming up with creative ideas is simple. What is dfifferent from Chinese designers, many foreign designers excute their ideas after figuring them out.
After coming back from Milan, I have held several sharing sessions with the themes of product naming, product story, product design, exhibition design, packaging design and animation design. Those design contents come down in one continious line, and that’s what we lack. Both entrepreneurs and designers are lack of integrated awareness and mentality of making high quality products. RUI Design has been providing luminary design service for domestic enterprises. The economy of China is developing so fast that there are so many opportunities for our luminary enterprises, and they are least likely to develop one fixture really well. I hope to see as many Chinese designers and luminary developers as possible to go to cities like Milan, Tokyo and Frankfort to visit and learn. We need to learn how designers there design, how they tell stories, and how do they develop one fixture really well.