Friday, May 29, 2009

Funky Hand Blown Light Bulbs by Pieke Bergmans

Light Blubs Special Editions by Pieke Bergmans
Ai yi yi! So much going on. Apologies for not updating as frequently as I might like. First of all, I wanted to mention that tomorrow is the last day to use that nice coupon code that my sponsor CSN Lighting generously allowed me to use on my blog this past month. Save 10% on your order by entering the code 'TRENDS10' at checkout.

While checking out Dezeen today, I found this funky collection of hand blown light bulbs, lit with energy efficient LEDs. Light Blubs Special Editions comes to us from Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans as part of her Design Virus project. I love how these pendant lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps and table lamps look paired up with that old office furniture. It actually looks kind of eerie...sort of like they were all that survived in an office fire. Interesting indeed. They were on display last month in Milan. Lights out until next time!

Light Blubs Special Editions by Pieke BergmansLight Blubs Special Editions by Pieke BergmansLight Blubs Special Editions by Pieke Bergmans
Photos from Dezeen

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy these posts:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Protest Through Design: Ingo Maurer's "Euro Condom"

Euro Condom by Ingo Maurer
This is interesting. As of September 1st, it will be illegal for manufacturers to sell frosted incandescent bulbs to retailers anywhere in the EU, followed by the banning of all incandescent clear bulbs in September of 2010. According to a report in the UK's Daily Mail, "the Government says frosted bulbs were in the first wave of the ban because they were 'the least efficient of all incandescent bulbs'."

This move is sparking some criticism from retailers who claim that "alternative low energy bulbs are inadequate and expensive." The modern design community is also reacting to this new ban. German lighting designer Ingo Maurer launched something he calls "Euro Condom," in protest against the new European guidelines.

According to Dezeen, "the opaque condoms fit over clear incandescent bulbs - which are not affected by the guidelines - to give a similar effect to the banned bulbs."

Euro Condom by Ingo Maurer
Directly from Maurer himself - "The Euro Condom consists of a thin, heat-resistant silicone cover that turns a clear bulb into a frosted one. Frosted bulbs will be banned by the new EU guideline on light sources beginning September 2009, because they are said give off less light than clear bulbs."

Euro Condom by Ingo Maurer
I admire the designer's willingness and ability to take such a public stance, however I think it's good that more countries are moving away from incandescent bulbs in favor of more eco-friendly varieties. I agree though that we need more affordable and better quality options. Lights out until next time!

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy these posts:

Friday, May 8, 2009

Making Light out of Recycled Signage

Character Recycled Letter Lights
First off, I wanted to let you all know that the sale on my sponsor site, CSN Lighting has been extended until May 30th. 10% off anything on the store, just enter in the special code 'TRENDS10' at checkout!

Moving on...I love corporate signage. Driving down a highway at night, I love looking at all the illuminated Billboards. While they may or may not influence me to purchase the products, they are super cool to look at. In Boston we have the famous Citgo Chicago, where I'm from we have a flashy/animated Budweiser billboard.

Character Recycled Letter LightsCharacter Recycled Letter Lights
Character is a Finnish design company that takes old signage and recycles it, turning them into bright little sculptures. After dismantling the signs, Character cleans up the individual letters, adds a new transformer, eco-friendly LED lights and a power cord and then reassembles them. They are also made weather-proof for outdoor use and have a life span of 30,000 hours (thanks to the newly installed LEDs). They have been tested to meet the European electricity standards. Pretty innovative!

Character Recycled Letter Lights
Designed by Aleksi Hautamäki, they are only available in Finland for the time being. Bummer. The cheapest one I found was a lower case "e" for 120 Euro which is a little over $160. Lights out until next time! - Inspiration & Photos via Yanko Design
If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy these posts:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ten Percent Off All Orders at CSN Lighting!

I'm very excited to announce a limited-time-only coupon code from my sponsor, CSN Lighting! The generous people over at CSN Lighting have given you, my readers, a special 10% coupon code to use on all of your orders over at CSN Lighting!

This is the first time I've done anything like this, so I'm pretty jazzed about it. Simply browse CSN Lighting's huge selection of bathroom lights, pendant lights, floor lamps, outdoor lighting, ceiling fans and more, and at checkout enter in the code 'TRENDS10' to receive 10% off of your order. You have until [EDIT] May 30th to use this coupon code, so do some shopping and take advantage. Happy Spring and lights out until next time.

Handmade Paper Lanterns from the HiiH Gallery

HiiH Paper LanternsSpring fever has officially hit me. I love walking around Boston and seeing the little flowers poking their heads out of the dirt and the little green buds on all of the trees. The bitter cold has made way for milder temperatures and the Swan Boats are out in full force, floating around their home in the Public Garden.

In honor of spring I thought I'd share these really cool paper lanterns that I found while perusing Apartment Therapy this morning. They come to us from the Portland-based HiiH (pronounced "Hi Hi") Gallery and they are all handmade! Exquisite! Made from all natural materials, including beeswax and walnut dye, these gems are also inspired by nature - mostly marine and plant life.

HiiH Paper LanternsHiiH Paper LanternsThe collection includes both indoor and outdoor lighting, the latter you can even rent for special events. Custom pieces can also be commissioned. Visit the HiiH Gallery for specifications and rates.

HiiH Paper Lanterns HiiH Paper Lanterns

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy the following posts: