Seven examples of LED-powered lights taken to new levels of art and elegance.
LEDs have given designers of lamps, chandeliers, sconces and flashlights a new world to explore.
Although the technology has been in the marketplace since the early 1960s, only recently have LEDs — light-emitting diodes — emitted the pure white color necessary for use in domestic lighting.
LEDs can dazzle with winking hues that you control with a smartphone, and they are cool enough to be combined with almost any material. Here are seven examples of LED-powered lights that go to new levels of art and elegance.
DCW Biny Bedside (available in the U.S. later this year for about $325 at dcw-editions.fr). This sleek light’s LED spotlight allows you to read in bed without disturbing your partner. The light can be concentrated to illuminate a tiny area or opened up to brighten a room, and a USB port lets you charge your cellphone.
Daniel Rybakken Amisol ($2,100 at luceplan.com). This ceiling fixture evokes a billowing sail. An LED-filled cylinder projects light onto a large, almost weightless disc. The discs are available in translucent white film or a metalized mirror membrane, allowing you to choose to diffuse or reflect the light beam. Thin rods connect the two elements, and by adjusting them, the disc can be set at any angle.
Ikea Solvinden Collection ($5–$60). This collection of outdoor solar-power lights includes a 17-inch-tall triangular version, which can stay lit with a rechargeable and replaceable AAA battery for up to 12 hours. The solar panel is under the shade, and the lamp has a built-in LED light source.
Davide Groppi Calvino (available later this year at davidegroppi.com). The Italian lighting designer’s table lamp contrasts two flat metal planes, creating an ode to pure minimalism. The slim top is faced with a mirror that hides the LEDs behind it. This lid tips to any angle — even rises vertically — to spotlight a book or light the corner of a room.
Andrea Anastasio Filo ($783 at foscarini.com). This playful table lamp now has wall, ceiling and floor versions. The lamp flaunts a conical porcelain lampshade and a bauble-bedecked cord, which is held in place by a metal hook. With the wall version, the plug, positioned in front, is another design element.
Artemide Huara (available later this year at artemide.net). Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect, and his firm, Elemental, worked with Artemide on this touch-enabled electronic globe in which each of the multiple segments can be lit independently with the tip of a finger. “Huara” means “star” in Aymara, the Andean language, and Aravena says he aimed to create a celestial sphere. To many, the 12-inch- diameter lamp more closely resembles a soccer ball.
Raw-Edges Horah (around $6,000 to $10,755 at wonderglass.com). The design office of Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay named their new lamp after the Israeli folk dance. The piece, which has curving, acid-etched glass leaves slotted into a central light-emitting core, whirls in a circle. Horah comes in five heights, in white, green, brown or gray. Separate switches activate the light and control the motion.