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New Goldman from Flos zooms straight into the LED desk lights Top 10!

Flos goldman desk light brass green  

Ron Gilad's Goldman for Flos is witty, practical and beautiful.

Witty, because it draws on the iconography of the classic bankers' light. So, from this...

classic bankers' desk light this:

Flos Goldman desk light from filmPractical, because there is a good beam spread,  and your eyes are protected from glare by the green diffuser:

flos goldman desk light on old desk

And beautiful: well, that is thanks to an excellent designer, Ron Gilad, at the top of his game -- the dimensions, the curves, the lines, the proportions....

Green has been traditionally used in this context because it was deemed the colour most restful to the eyes. But if you would prefer more subdued finishes in these recessionary times, Flos also do a cool version in black chrome with a fumé diffuser:

flos goldman desk light in black nickel and fume by window

Instead of the chain traditionally used, there is an optical switch on the base, dimmable with "Soft Touch" technology -- so even the act of turning Goldman on and off is quietly satisfying.

And you don't only have to use it on your desk! Here is a couple of Goldmans lighting a display of expensive phones:

Goldman desk light from Flos with Virtu phonesBut this light is not itself expensive, though. For example, in the UK, Flos are only asking £303.13, inc. VAT!

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Milan 2013: Penta -- a sure-footed collection that just get better the closer you look!

PENTA JULIETTE floor and table lights set By the end of one's last day at Euroluce, one is tired and unresponsive. I was lucky therefore that I finished on a high note, being shown the Penta display by the charming and efficient Mariarosa. It was that rare thing -- a stand with no duds!

We'll post separately about two designs, Tic Toc and Glo Mini, later this week.

The first light featured in this post, and shown above, is Juliette by Carlo Colombo. At first glance, it is  a simple, unfussy 21st century design reminiscent of the mid 20th century, the 1930s -- Félix Aublet,  for example. The closer look reveals excellent proportions, neatly patterned electrical cable, and a marble base.

There are three sizes -- a floor-standing light, H1700mm:

PENTA JULIETTE floor light carlo colombo

and two sizes of table light, H550mm and H300mm:


in black nickel, or white or light blue or red. The bases are in white carrara marble or black marquinia marble. The weight of the marble allows the bases to be crisply cut discs, in proportion to the rest of the design.

Klint, by Penta's art director, Umberto Asnago, is an unusual glass table light, in two sizes, Ø300 H300mm, and Ø150mm H280mm:


There are two separately switched LED light sources in the base -- one in the centre and one around the outside, allowing different amounts and intensity of light. The result is a choice of two elegant glass sculptures that also happen to be sources of adjustable ambient light:

PENTA KLINT table lights set

Finally, designed for Penta by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri of the design studio Something, there is Labo, so called because the inspiration was laboratory glassware (an extremely specialized field, demanding bespoke work of astonishing accuracy, as practised by ASO Glassblowers [01235 834477]  who are next door to our warehouse):

PENTA LABO concept by Something


Like Juliette, there is a floor version, total height 1,490mm:

PENTA LABO floor light

and two sizes of table version, H550mm and H330mm, in clear, blue or smoked glass:

PENTA LABO table lights

That link to specialist glass working is justified because the complex shape of these lights is apparently made with no seams. The result is very pure -- no joints, springs &c.:

PENTA LABO table light floor light detail

Yes, you see the cable going up through the centre to the lamp, but that now becomes an attractive detail. Again, as you look closer, you see that they have thought about the cable -- it is plaited and in a choice of colours, yellow or black.

Penta's collection is very varied -- there is no "typical" Penta light, which is a strength but also a problem at the simple level of remembering what they do. Sadly, they are not on Architonic yet, so they are not in our LIGHT FINDER, meaning that your search results won't show their lights, however relevant they may be. Therefore, it behoves one to get their catalogue down and to go through it periodically. Of course, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting staff will draw lights by this excellent company to your attention whenever they suit your brief.

penta labo drawing



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Stockholm: Talk from Örsjö

Orsjo Talk applique white recessed You think you know a collection....

We were delighted by what we were seeing in Malmstenbutiken in Stockholm last Friday, and were particularly struck by a neat, elegant table light. We asked Jerk about it and he said that it was by Örsjö. Well, we are meant to know about lights, we know the Örsjö collection, and we had spent plenty of time on their stand at the Fair just the day before. But we did not recognize this light -- and one would definitely remember it. So, although we did not contradict Jerk out loud....

He was right, of course. It was Talk, by Marge Architects for Örsjö. There are four versions -- floor, table and wall (recessed and surface-mounted).

The recessed wall version is shown above because this image shows the detail most clearly. There is a metal body, enamelled in matt white or matt black. Both have a smart stitched brown leather ring. Even the light it casts is good, from a 12V halogen lamp.

The table version...

Orsjo Talk table light black

...and the floor version...

Orsjo Talk floor light

...have simple forms that could not be improved upon.

So, what can we learn from this experience? It is that there is never any substitute for seeing a light in the flesh, as it were. We had only seen pictures of Talk, so we had not grasped its quality -- how good it looks and how well made it is.

Here is the surface-mounted wall version:

Orsjo Talk wall light surface mounted


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Tree of Life LED desk light by Victor Vetterlein

tree-of-life-by-victor-vetterlein 1Working in an office (as we do) we can road test LED task lights on our desks. Few stay for longer than a couple of days, because they don't work very well as lights. But they can be great sculptures, as designers take advantage of the unique properties of LEDs.

In this case, the light, by New York-based Victor Vetterlein is functional -- and cute. It is made out of copper in order that the five lights can be bent to spread the light where it is required.

tree-of-life-by-victor-vetterlein 2He is doing some very interesting lights at the moment. Most prominent recently has been his egg-box-like Trash Me (which is bigger than it looks in pictures!) for the Danish company &Tradition.

See also our posts on his United pendant and Sprig Lamp pendant.

Clearly one to watch!

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Otto Watt desk light from Luceplan

Luceplan otto watt LED desk light One of the most elegant of all the new generation LED desk lights is Otto Watt for Luceplan by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto.

There are two finishes: a polished mirror aluminium (above), and a black soft touch:

Luceplan otto watt task light black

Here is a panel from Luceplan explaining its clever points, besides its being dimmable...

Luceplan Otto Watt desk light attributes

And here is a video that demonstrates the elegance and sophistication of this design:

This picture shows the light distribution:

Luceplan Otto Watt desk light at night

One looks good, but more look better!

Luceplan otto watt task lights set

This is what you look like when you are using it:

Luceplan Otto Watt desk light

The name? It consumes just 8W (not only in Italy).


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