OK, so it is not exactly a design piece that can be purchased. As a matter of fact, it hasn’t even been produced yet.
Nonetheless, this prototype by Wellington design student Josh Bruderer ticks so many boxes that we couldn’t help admire it. There is an inherent balance in its forms, carefully-considered materiality, and its interactive element gives it an edge.
To turn the io Lamp on, the removable, circular LED ring must be balanced on the stem; to turn it off, you just take it off and hang it back on its stand. There are also plans to make it dimmable by moving one’s finger over its circular surface.
Bruderer, who was inspired by Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken and design studio Odd Matter’s Node lamp, says: “I like the idea that light can mean more than function or aesthetics – that there are really strong psychological and metaphorical links to creating and interacting with light.”
For an interview with the designer, see here.