Asian design is one of the most promising in the world today. Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea – Asian lamps combine elegance, rigor, technology, and at the same time commitment to local traditions and crafts. Ten inventions from young and famous designers that will allow you to take a different look at modern lighting.
Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira wanted to create a lamp that combined elements of industrial design and craftsmanship. The inspiration came from a simple wicker basket. The designers spent a long time observing the process of weaving bamboo baskets in villages, and then developed a lampshade for their Gabbia lamp. It combines a combination of bamboo fibers with light and bright PVC. According to the creators, this is what a visual representation of traditional and modern style might look like. The model is produced by Industry+ .
The Line series of lamps is inspired by the cellophane lanterns that are commonly hung throughout mid-autumn festivals. The feeling of “floating” of the lamps is achieved with the help of thin metal supports. The lampshade from Aureole Design has a frame of rods offset from the center – this allows you to unfold it in different directions, depending on the interior.
This graphic silhouette with retro elements is the result of a slim design: the base provides stability, while the curved metal tube that holds the light source also serves as a connecting element to the table. This piece from Living Divani is the perfect spot of light next to your bed or sofa. The lamp will highlight the lines of any object located next to it.
Chinese designer Zhekai Zhang’s Coffire lamps are made from coffee waste. Zhang developed a method of staining porcelain using coffee grounds to imitate the texture of marble, and applied the technique to pendant lamps. Inspired by the ancient Chinese pit firing technique, this method creates a random texture, meaning each pendant light is unique. The project for Studio Kae was born almost by accident: the Chinese designer first participated in a commercial commission to promote a coffee drink, which prompted him to conduct further research into ceramic firing techniques. He used a gas kiln instead of a traditional sand pit so that the lamps could be mass-produced while avoiding the large amounts of waste associated with shaft firing.
Kepler pendant lamps were designed by Japanese designer Arihiro Miyake. The model is available in two sizes – large and small. The structure is a painted aluminum profile whose continuous line is created through a three-dimensional machining process developed by Nemo and based on the geometric principle of the “Möbius strip”. Available in up and down light versions in matte white, black and gold.
The simple shape of Kimu’s New Old Light lampshade is inspired by the traditional Chinese paper lantern. However, the designers cleverly combined industrial style and soft forms, Eastern and Western styles, ancient and modern aesthetics. New Old Light lampshades can be adjusted in a variety of ways to achieve different lighting effects by simply pulling down on the lampshade to switch from a direct spotlight to a soft light effect. The flexibility of the lantern design allows you to change the length of the lampshade according to your preferences. New Old World aims to combine cultural differences into one that balances both aspects and create more opportunities to suit your lifestyle.
The Half Dome collection of floor lamps designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Kettal offers endless variations for all occasions. Its functions can change depending on the color of the sky, ambient light, and even seasonal characteristics. The brightness of the floor lamp and the tone of the light correspond to the quality of moonlight – and the design itself allows you to imagine that the moon is directly above you.
Modular portable Gaku lamp by Oki Sato, Nendo for Flos is a new type of induction battery lamp. The body is made of solid ash with two types of finishing – natural or black. The lamp and diffuser are made of cast polycarbonate. The push-button dimmer switch on the lighting fixture has four brightness levels. The declared battery life at maximum brightness is 6 hours. The battery charge indicator is built into the light switch. The induction charger is integrated into the load-bearing base of the wooden lamp body.
South Korean designer Sangyoon Kim draws ideas from the surrounding nature. This table lamp is inspired by the wind in the willows. The pattern of thin intertwining branches became the basis for the lampshade. The materials used in the lamp are metal, brass, plastic and PMMA. Light source – LEDs.
The Lueur lamp is a pendant light crafted from hand-finished maple wood pieces and hand-folded paper shades. The lamp is inspired by organic materials – it has a distinct playful accent. The Lueur model produces Desinere in 5 color options.