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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paper Patchwork Chandelier
by Studio Job for Moooi

Paper Pathwork Chandelier by Studio Job for Moooi

Paper Patchwork: We love this chandelier by Studio Job for Moooi is made completely from paper. Honeycomb panels, paper and cardboard are combined to form a durable composite used to construct this piece that is at once familar and unique. You can read more here

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lighting Facts: Everything you need to know about the new Lighting Facts label for light bulbs.

This article from by Craig DiLouie and the Illuminating Engineering Society tells you everything you need to know about the new Lighting Facts label for light bulbs. You will learn how to read the label, what all those terms mean and how to use the new label to make the best lights bulb choice for your needs.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hot, Cool & Green: 5 Light Fixtures That Double As Planters

One of our favorite recent green designs trends is light fixtures that double as planters. These light fixture / planters provide combine the healthful benefits of good lighting and foliage. The plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen while using the light emitted by the fixture to nurture growth. According to the International Association of Lighting Designers, new studies show the quality of light affects people in many different ways. For example, office worker satisfaction and productivity can be positively affected by well-designed illumination.  It  also contributes greatly to people's general sense of well-being.

Start spreading the good feelings with a few of these fun fixtures. Here are a few of our favorites...

The Green Lamp by Siesta

The Green Lamp by Siesta is a unique combination of lamp and flower pot, where you can plant whatever you want. It is handmade and changes as the plant grows. See it here:

The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen

The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen feature the unique energy saving Plumen bulb. Installed at Old Shoreditch Station in London, these hanging planters allow the plants to hang and mingle organically with the fixture. See more here:

The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign

The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign. This unique fixture created for Italian company TrediciDesign from metal and glass, features a bulb that projects the light down to the centerpiece. The illumination produced lights the interior space and provides lighting for the growth of the plant. Each branch of the chandelier ends in a glass pot to hold the plant of your choice. See it here:

Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco

The Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco is truly unique, even among these hybrid light / planters. First it is made from Arboform, a “liquid wood” mostly consisting of lignin (an organic polymer) that can be thermoformed, foamed, or molded into any shape. Secondly, The LED lamp is apparently driven by harnessing the energy generated by the plant during photosynthesis and requires no external power. Read more here:

Babylon by Ryan Taylor

The Babylon light fixture by Toronto based designer Ryan Taylor is designed to be a part of everyday life. "Made of aluminum with a powder coated finish, it can be used as an organic centre piece or a working herb garden over the kitchen counter." says Taylor. We think this fun fixture would work will in a variety of spaces from modern to rustic. See more here: