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  • Modern Design + Form + Function: Koncept Lighting

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    modern floor lamp

    We had a chat with the innovative designers at Koncept and we want to share it with you! We discussed modern design, the importance of form + function, as well as future ideas for Koncept. It all started a couple months ago when we attended the Dwell on Design event. At the event, we ran into Kenneth Ng (President) and Edmund Ng (Vice President) from Koncept and we promised each other we would schedule a longer chat at a later date. Well, we did....

    ESL: Are you led by aesthetics or function when you design?

    Koncept: Both are equally important. Ultimately it depends on project. For the Zbar / Equo both were equally important. Sometimes, it can even change throughout the process of designing any given project. The Equo was a little more aesthetic when it first came out and was not as functional as it has become over time.

    Tono floor lamp

    Tono Floor Lamp

    ESL: Where do you go for inspiration?

    K: We maintain a very free creative process, finding inspiration everywhere including magazines, architecture, open houses. New materials inspire as well. LEDs inspired us to jump in and design Zbar. If we find a good material, we are able to create an exciting design around it.

    ESL: Since you mentioned architecture, do you have any favorite architects?

    K: Frank Gehry, especially his residential building in Hong Kong. He inspires us to do something special that no one else is doing.

    Equo task lamp

    Equo Task Lamp 

    ESL: How do you select materials?

    K: Mostly market availability, need, and pure inspiration become the factors in our material selection process. For example, organic LED is a new material we are starting to work with. It's made with organic materials and consists of a thin sheet of material that glows strongly. They aren't cost effective yet so that's where need comes in. So far, it only last 10k hours vs. 50k of regular LEDs. It's jut not efficient enough yet.

    Z Bar task lamp

    Z Bar Task Lamp

    ESL: Why LED? What is all the hype? And what are the negatives, if any?

    K: LEDs lasts a long time and they are better for our environment. If we switch to LEDs for general lighting, we’ll have less impact on the environment in the long run. Even though the technology is more expensive, consumers need to see that they last 1000s of hrs longer. Consumers will come out on top by lowering their electricity bill and helping the environment at the same time.

    The good news is, the cost is coming down. There have been so many advancements lately. We predict  the demand for old bulbs will fade out and the cost will continue coming down.

    Mosso task lamp

    Mosso Task Lamp

    ESL:  What's in the future for Koncept?

    K: Well, most of our current products are for small areas, like desk tops. We want to expand into other categories and do more residential lighting fixtures, possibly large scale modern chandeliers and pendants. We also want to do ambient lighting as well, impacting an entire space with light rather than just a desk top.

    Of course we also want to continue monitoring the development of organic LEDs.

    Thanks Koncept!

    I think we can all agree that there is excitement for what Koncept does next and there's no doubt we will bring it to you as it happens!

    Images: Koncept

  • Desk Lamp Trend: Get the Look

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    Desk Lamp Trend

    Please join us in welcoming Caitlin Flemming from Sacramento Street as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Caitlin...

    At the moment, I’m obsessed with desk lighting – it’s probably because I’m one of those designers that would rather have good table lighting on than an overhead light during the day. Let’s say goodbye fluorescent lighting, shall we? There are tons of desk lamp styles to choose from – industrial, modern, contemporary, traditional, the list could go on and on. I’ve chosen two of my current favorite desk lamps to highlight in this “get the look” feature.

    There are a lot of things to love about this workspace (above) – my favorite is a pharmacy-style desk lamp. I’ve got to say that if you want to get this look, the Bruno desk lamp (below) is an honorable take on a 1933 design manufactured by the Kaiser Company in Germany.

    Pharmacy Desk Lamp

    Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Pharmacy Desk Lamp

    The rich bronze finish makes it a stand out piece. Having this light on your desk is bound to get your creativity going.

    Mid Century Desk Lamp

    Want a more modern and iconic desk lamp? The Draper is perfect for you. This mid-century retro and classic style (above) is one lamp that I find a lot of clients and friends looking for – it’s luckily sold right here.

    Mid-Century Desk Lamp

    Draper Black Mid-Century Desk Lamp

    What I love even more about this version (above) is that it has two lights, which can illuminate your desk with either one or both lights one. It’s a must have if this is your style.

    What kind of desk lamp are you coveting for your workspace?

    Images: From The Right Bank, Emmas Design Blog

  • Cool + Collected 1.10

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    Pantone

    +Pantone announced their color of the year this week. Emerald Green will be the color focus of the year throughout the design industry so keep your eye out!

    +Legendary architect, Oscar Niemeyer passed away at the age of 104 on Wednesday. He's known for designing beautiful architecture around the world and his brilliance will be missed.

    +Speaking of great architecture, Kate Arends from Wit + Delight has a great post on Louis Kahn and is famous Norman Fisher House.

    +They are the coolest city lights you'll ever see... L.A. Times Photography posted satelite images of earth at night on-line and they are spectacular. Frame-worthy for sure!

    +If you're a new designer starting out or you just have some questions about working in the design industry, graphic designer Shauna Haider has a great advice column on her blog Nubby Twiglet.

    Image: Pantone

  • Geometric Architecture Is A Work of Modern Art

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     Geometric Architecture

    We love geometric art and of course modern architecture so when the two of them are combined you get stunning results.Technology has allowed architects to create work way beyond the standard box that many associate modern architecture with.The BiCentennial Civic Center (above) is constructed from faceted prisms made out of concrete.This creates a very unique play of light and shadow. 

    Colored Glass Windows

    We were just talking about light and shadow, right? Now add color! Not only does architecture look like modern art, but it creates art on these white walls.  

    A crystal geometric ceiling light will create amazing play on light and shadow in your interior. Its like an expolosion in the sky!

     Modern Ceiling Light

    Inertia Crystal 24" Wide Corbett Flushmount Ceiling Light

    Modern Archtiecture

    The bold black and white triangular facade wrapped around this dome structure creates a strong and dynamic backdrop to this urban Tokyo setting.

    Modern pendant lighting can create this same dynamic feeling in your setting. This black and white geometric pendant (below) would be perfect!

     Geometric Pendant Light

    Tetra Tiffany Style 7-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier

    Wood Geometric Architecture

    Traditional Japanese wood construction has morphed with modern day technology to create a stunning facade that looks more like a sculpture than a place to conduct business. 

    If you aren't lucky enough to live or work in one of these geometric architectural works of modern art then you can always bring geometric home decor into your modern interior.

    Images: ArchDaily, Pinterest, Giant Ginkgo, Coolhunter

  • Interior Architecture: Modern Warehouse Conversion

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    Modern Warehouse Conversion

    The pure attention to the details of interior architecture is why the work of Fearon Hay Architects captivates me.This minimal design of this 1960's fabric warehouse conversion in Auckland, New Zealand is functional and straight-forward. My eyes gloss over at the sight of the detailing of those rosewood framed doors.

    Interior Architecture

    The gorgeous fabrics rolls spread out over the space make a bold statement while the architecture accentuates the beauty of each piece without trying to fight it.

    Pivot Doors

    The form of each of the chairs and table (above) adds a sculptural element within the space. Raw, concrete floors, white walls, and modern accent chairs will help you achieve the modern and industrial look like the space above.

    Modern Lounge Chair

    ZUO WALTZ WHITE LEATHERETTE LOUNGE CHAIR AND OTTOMAN

    Abstract Artwork

    Oxblood leather chairs and soft artwork cozy up the conference room. A modern office chair is not only practical and comfortable, but is a great way to bring modern elements into your office space.

    Modern Office Chair

    TANNER TERRA COTTA FAUX LEATHER LOWBACK DESK CHAIR

    Glass Doors

    Of course you know we love lighting, and if I could add just one element to this design it would be a simple modern pendant light.

    Mason Jar Pendant

    LBL MASON BROWN AND SATIN NICKEL PENDANT LIGHT

    Modern Door Detail

    The rosewood framed doors are able to separate the room physically, but not visually. Now this is what design is all about; the thin rosewood frame, sleek handle, and the most beautiful part of it all, the brass detailing. It's these elements that separate the men from the boys when it comes to good design. 

    Images: Yellowtrace

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