At last – the perfect glass bubble!

The German product designer Sebastian Scherer, founder of Neo/Craft,  has created the perfect soap-bubble-like glass pendant light. It looks truly amazing — check it out!

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Blackbody's I.rain: new finishes

blackbody vast OLED i.rain lighting installation

In my opinion, the most successful design in Blackbody’s collection is the I.rain. Since they are the only people seriously offering decorative OLED solutions for interiors, this makes I.rain very significant.

It has to be considered whenever something rare and unique is required, whether the client would appreciate having something from lighting’s cutting-edge, or not.

I.rain installations are made up from what they call “pixels”. They can be any shape or size. Above is a really big one, and and here’s a much smaller one, made up of sixty one pixels:

blackbody lighting installation 61 pixels

You can see above what the classic pixel looks like. The excitement at Maison et Objet in January 2016 was Blackbody’s introduction of more decorative pixels.

There are four beautiful polished metal finishes: black nickel, brass, copper and chrome…

Blackbody i.rain pixel metal finishes

…plus a glass option!

Blackbody i.rain pixels in glass

These new versions cost about 42% more than the classic white pixel.

In fact, I.rain is priced more reasonably than you might think.

And, as we normally point out when an installation is made up of a lot of small pendants, one can adjust the total cost by adjusting the number of pendants. Fortunately, even when I.rain’s pixels are spaced far apart, they still create a great effect:

blackbody i.rain OLED light installation dowbn a stairwell

An important point for stairwells is that they look good from any angle: here the pixels are seen from above (there are 137 of them in total):

Blackbody i.rain OLED installation down a stairwell from above

Plus, I.rain is easier to specify than you might think. This is because they have a dedicated office that will work with you until you have the arrangement that is exactly right for your space, client and budget.

If, by their pricing and support, you think that they seem to be bending over backwards to help you, then – yes – you are right! This is new technology, and they want to make it as easy as possible for you.

This is what Cara Delevingne discovered: for her installation on Bali, it was agreed that she only needed two pixels, at slightly different heights...

Cara Delevigne in Bali with Blackbody pixels
blackbody OLED pixels from below
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OLED installation by Simon Brünner at Qubique Berlin

OLED Supernova by Simon Bruenner at Qubique.02Simon Brünner, the brilliant young artist and experimenter with light who runs neuesLicht, has created an Qube, an OLED installation (i.e. "organic light") for the new Qubique fair at Berlin's old Tempelhof airport. OLED Supernova by Simon Bruenner at Qubique.02These are CGIs --  we are looking forward to seeing photos of the real thing. In the meantime, there is this great short video about it:


It is clear that there is groundbreaking work going on here. It takes a while for designers to find a way to create pieces which incorporate a completely new light source, like an OLED, without their being merely a celebration of the existence of this new, exciting thing.

OLEDs by Simon Bruenner at Qubique.01The installation is a walk-through space, 12m x 12m, which makes it the largest of its kind in the world. It uses more than 1,300 OLEDs. At this very early stage in the technology's commercialization, they are very expensive. The project has been made possible by Osram's enlightened funding of labme, "an open source design platform for the creative usage of OLEDs." Simon is acting as its creative director.

OLED Supernova by Sion Bruenner at Qubique.01

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