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New to our Light Finder: GRAYPANTS

GRAYPANTS Scraplights Ausi pendant light Lights made out of cardboard and corrugated paper. It shouldn't work, but it does -- spectacularly well, as graypants Scraplights© prove.

Two things happen:

1.       the lamp casts the warmest, cosiest light

graypants scraplights cardboard corrugated paper detai

2.       the simple pattern of the corrugated paper creates fascinating and varied patterns when the circular shape cuts across it:

graypants scraplights disc pendant lightLovely singly, they work particularly well in multiples. Here they are hung at random heights...

graypants scraplights moon pendant lights are these ones over a bar:

graypants scraplights discs in a bar

Whereas these, also over a bar, are hung more formally:

graypants scraplights ausi pendant lights over a bar

So who is behind graypants? The name makes sense when you discover that it is a design studio set up in America, in Seattle, by best friends Jonathan Junker and Seth Grizzle. Here they are:

jon junker and seth grizzle of graypants

Not all the scraplights are pendants. Here is a cute Tilt table light, for example (note how well scraplights work in wood-dominated interiors!):

graypants scraplights tilt able light

Nor are the scraplights all that graypants do. In Milan, Jon showed me a prototype of their new line, the steplights, made of metal. When we have prices and know they are available, we'll post about them.

So, you really want to specify them now, but you have two concerns.

The first is that, because graypants' scraplights orginate in America, probably only UL versions are being made, and so they can't be used anywhere else in the world. Fortunately, this is not a problem. Like one or two other small American studios, they want to export and have therefore engineered international versions of their lights. Not only do they have certificates of conformity to CE standards, but they also now have an operation in the Netherlands.

Obviously, your second concern about cardboard lights is how durable they are. Are they going to fall to pieces?

They are clearly very well made, by graypants themselves, and they assure me that there have been scraplights hanging in commercial premises for several years now, with no problems. After all, once they are up, they will not be handled very much.

However, it would probably be wise not to put them in direct sunlight, and one should follow the maker's own guidance (as with any product). So lets' finish by seeing what graypants themselves say about the quality and care of the scraplights:

graypants scraplights quality


They care about the lights they make and want their owners to be happy, so they are not going to wash their hands of them. As you saw, if there is a problem with a scraplight, they are asking you to get in touch with them.

graypants scraplight Arcturus pendant light

Personally, I am reassured, which is why we are including these super lights in our LIGHT FINDER.

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Milan 2013: Quasar go from strength to strength

Quasar stand at Euroluce 2013 1 c 560 Quasar don't really need to change to meet the new economic environment. They have their own way of doing things and they regularly launch designs that most other manufacturers would regard as too risky.

In the end, though, it is about making lights so beautiful, so stunning that they are irresistible -- no-one thinks about how they got there.  Unfortunately, many of the world's most spectacular lights do not always photograph well, so above is an amateur picture taken of Quasar's stand at Euroluce, dominated by the two Universe Squares with glass rods, that drew people onto the stand as soon as they caught sight of it -- resistance was futile. Here they are from a different angle:

Quasar stand at Euroluce 2013 2 c 560

You see that person on the left gazing up at it? He is doing this because it is as fascinating close up -- beautiful, but also a puzzle: how exactly does it do what it does...? Cleverly, is this answer -- this is one of a series by Jan Pauwels, who can do clever things.

For example, he realized that the Universe Square is big (100cm x 1000cm) but that people in humble dwellings might like their own Universe. So Orion was launched at Euroluce:

Quasar Orion chandelier Jan Pauwels

It is only 175x30x30cm so it would go over a rectangular table. Recognizing that merely scaling down would not provide such an interesting object, Orion is not symmetrical -- some of its dimensions seem to have greater energy than others. It would make a good starship. Again, good pictures are difficult to find, but here it is on the Quasar stand anyway, partly reflected in a mirror:

Quasar Orion pendant light at Euroluce 560

This is M-Light, designed by the silversmiths,  Rob and Jaap Thalen:

Quasar M light pendant light 560

It is a fascinating object -- seemingly a simple ball made up of repeated identical shapes, but the pattern is not consistent -- you can see above the gashes that periodically puncture the surface. This one is Ø45cm -- or it could be M-light D.150, which is identical except that it is Ø150cm. There is also another colourway:

Quasar M Light pendant light red

This next light, Spica was notable not so much for itself as for the LEDs in it, that have a CRI of 95! Yes, 95!! Spica is quite large, so it evenly the surface of the table under it, towards which people were unconsciously drawn. It was always occupied, so this picture was taken when the fair was not open:

Quasar Spica at Euroluce 2013 560

Spica comes in white or black and is Ø120cm:

Quasar Spica pendant light set

Finally, Sparks.

Quasar sparks system on a wall

I have already posted about this light here. Suffice it to say now, therefore, that Euroluce gave us a chance to have a really good discussion about Sparks, with its designer, Daniel Becker, whilst standing in front of a largish Sparks installation. Not only did he turn out to be a really nice guy, but I also now know a lot more about how this modular system works. So when you are ready to specify one, give us a call.


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The Sparks system by Daniel Becker for Quasar

Sparks modular lighting system from Quasar in a all

Quasar will be showing in Milan their new Sparks system, designed for them by Daniel Becker. It is absolutely on trend, being a collection of components that can be plugged together to make installations of any size.

From the data sheet, you can see that only three shapes are needed....

Quasar Sparks lighting system data sheet

The connexion pieces have ball joints in order to maximize the range of possible angles. To these are added one of two lighting modules:

Quasar Sparks lighting modules

All the wiring is hidden and, since they plug into one another, only one electrical feed is required for most installations. Here is a close-up:

Sparks lighting system from Quasar detail

Each module has to be attached to the wall or ceiling, of course.

So, what can you do with it? Well, the world's your lobster, really. Here it is providing a light and airy differentiation between two spaces in a bank headquarters (Citibank in Singapore).

Quasar Sparks lighting installation Citibank, Singapore

You can put it over the reception desk in a hotel foyer -- here, the Adagio Hotel in Cologne:

Quasar Sparks lighting installation Adagio Hotel, Cologne

It can occupy that awkward space over a double flight of stairs (good quality LEDs mean that access for relamping is not an issue):

Quasar Sparks lighting installation over a stairwell

Though is fills quite a large space, it does it  without appearing to be too heavy -- and it does it economically! Such modular systems (the most extensive collection is from Vibia) are inexpensive ways to ornament large spaces.

You can put the Sparks system on a wall;

Quasar lighting installation on a wall

It can even go round corners...

Quasar Sparks lighting installation over two walls, round a corner

...which means that you can apply it where the surfaces are not flat. If you look at the picture at the top of this post, you'll see a beam running across the ceiling, but it is not interrupting the Sparks installation.

So, the German designer Daniel Becker has designed a very versatile, easy to use, economical, on-trend system capable of adding interest in a wide range of spaces, and of covering large areas.

Each light is one 6W 2700K Citizen LED.

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A LED lamp that can blow 3,000,000 bubbles in 50,000 hours

Surface Tension Lamp pendant light by Front for Booo Our mission to keep you up-to-date with all the important developments in fine lighting, so if someone invented a light that also blew bubbles -- not just one or two bubbles, but 3,000,000 --  you'd expect us to tell you about it, wouldn't you. Even if it takes 50,000 hours to blow them.

So that's what we're doing. It has been created by the Swedish design consultancy Front (who need no introduction) for Booo, home of unusual lamps (who may). It is the Surface Tension Lamp.

In fact, I'm not just going to tell you about it, I'm also going to show you a film of it...

...from which you can see that the name is a pun. Surface tension, obviously because that is what makes the bubble possible, but also the tension that comes from waiting for the bubble to burst. Hours of nail-biting fun.

It is basically a bubble-blowing machine with a LED in it. It is being shown during Design Miami, at Design On/Site. The gallery "challenged three of the  most cutting-edge design studios to reinvent, in absolute freedom, the concept of a light bulb by investigating unconventional materials and technologies."

Booo surface tension pendant light by front

Surface Tension Lamp by Front for Booo

This may be the only bubble-blowing lamp that we ever show you, so do make the most of it.

Booo Surface tension light

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Crystal Galaxy from Quasar now available in copper!

Quasar Crystal Galaxy chandelier in nickel Crystal Galaxy, another great design from Jan Pauwels, is produced by Quasar in nickel -- see above -- and very lovely it is too.

But we are nevertheless thrilled that they have now introduced a copper version:

Quasar Crystal Galaxy chandelier 40 in copper

Copper is such a wonderful, warm finish, yet light makers stubbornly refuse to make copper lights -- in spite of all the hints we drop. Imagine!

Quasar are doing brass Crystal Galaxies too:

Quasar Crystal Galaxy 40 in brass

This is a wonderful design, with all the beauty of a chandelier but any potential for pomposity is undercut by its informality. Here's a detail:

Quasar Crystal Galaxy chandelier detail

You can see the optional spotlight which provides additional downlighting.

The versions of Crystal Galaxy that are available in these new finishes are Ø40cm, Ø60cm, Ø80cm and Ø100cm, with either the cute 2W krypton lamps or 0.3W LEDs There is an upcharge of 25%.

Don't want a Crystal Galaxy? That's OK! There are versions of Universe that are also available in the new finishes, with the same upcharge:

Quasar Universe chandelier




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