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A homage to the light bulb #2: Lampadina by Achille Castiglioni for Flos

Flos LAMPADINA table light Achille Castiglioni Actually, people have been paying homage to the light bulb for many years: this is Lampadina by Achille Castiglioni. he designed it for Flos  in 1972.

This is because the semantics of the light bulb shape have always been understood, consciously or subconsciously. Achille Castiglioni used it for this light that is designed to celebrate light, in the form of the opening  the Flos showroom in Turin.

But it is not just the light bulb shape!

The playful base echoes a spool of cine film or audio tape, another shape that is full of meaning (almost literally if one considers the film or tape it could contain). But it is also practical: the cable can be wound around it and the plug held by the groove -- this is a light designed to be carried around. For it is not big:

Flos Achille Castiglioni Lampadina table light

You can see clearly in the photo above the frosted area of the bulb: turn that towards you and there will be no glare.

No wonder it is still in production 40 years later! It currently comes in orange and black:

Flos Lampadina table light Achille Castiglioni orange and black

Flos Lampadina table light Achille Castiglioni

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A homage to the light bulb #1: Edi son from Davide Groppi

Davide Groppi Edison table light 1 The light that we see is the part of the spectrum of energy that is produced by something burning -- the sun, a candle, a fire. It is therefore  part of the energy that gives us -- and every living thing on the planet -- life. Most of the spectrum is invisible to us, but it all affects us.

An incandescent lamp produces the full spectrum, including visible light, by heating its filament.

Fluorescent light sources, which include LEDs, use fluorescing phosphors and filters to produce spikes of light at particular points in the visible spectrum. Since the complete spectrum is not being produced, we don't like the light and colours are not faithfully rendered. But it worse than that: we are not benefiting from the parts of the spectrum that are invisible to us.

The result is that modern people, who live most of their lives in artificial light, will be unhappy.

However, another by-product of the enforced change-over from incandescent lamps is a nostalgia for the lamp we all know and understand. This is partly conscious and partly subconscious. It is leading to good decorative luminaire makers creating homages to the light bulb.

This is Edi son from Davide Groppi:

Davide Groppi Edison table light set 3

For Christmas, they have made a short (42 seconds) , elegiac video of it. If you have any soul, you also will be surprised by how moving you find it:

Here are the technical details:

Davide Groppi Edison table light tech info 1

Davide Groppi Edison table light tech info 2

Davide Groppi Edison table light 4

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The wooden lamp that really lights up...

wooden light bulb_01 The affection for the soon-to-be-killed-off incandescent lamp is being reflected in various ways. For some, it is the quality of the light, but for others it is the shape, the form of the GLS A-type lamp that they mourn.

Here's one made from wood, like a coffin. It does actually light up -- just a bit, as rigor mortis takes hold:

wooden light bulb_03

It is by Ryosuke Fukusada. The light sources are LEDs. The wood is shaved back until it is thin enough to be semi-translucent.

Thank you, Design Milk.

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