Designer Lamp Shades by Middlesex University Students
During the past couple of weeks, we have been sharing a series of amazing concept shades created by Product Design students of Middlesex University. We talked to students and teachers involved in the process to see what they felt about the experience.
Plumen at London Design Festival 2013
Between the 14th and 22nd of September, London Design Festival returned displaying some of the finest British and international designers’ work all over the city. It was such an exciting week for all design lovers in London.
Plumen light bulbs featured in many exhibits of the festival. Below are some quick snaps of Plumen we ran across during the week. If you have spotted any not featured here, please send them over.
We spotted Plumens at 100% Design in the press and bloggers lounge, featured as a huge lighting installation. 95 pendant bulbs were hanging inside the press office while still being visible for general audience through a tinted, translucent curtain, creating continuity between the two spaces.
Hulger are developing a number of lighting related projects and we’re on the hunt for great freelance designers to help shape new Hulger / Plumen products. Ideally they would be UK based but we would consider those further afield (especially if they’re very good!). Industrial experience is essential. If you or someone you know fits the bill please email ID@hulger.com and we’ll get back to you if there’s a good fit for what we need.
PLUMEN’S CAMEO ROLE
Plumen makes a cameo appearance in the new Honda Civic Hybrid advertising film “Things Can Always Be Better”. Read more…
The Pharaoh Pendant by Hulger for Lightyears
Pharaoh is a unique pendant light created specifically for the Plumen 001 light bulb. Pharaoh’s aim has been to gently frame and enhance the expression of the Plumen light source, preventing glare, whilst ensuring optimum luminous efficiency. When the lamp is switched off, the shade appears to be mirror-like, reflective and robust. And yet, the moment the lamp is switched on, the shade takes on a metallic transparency, thereby making the bulb silhouette clearly visible.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING
Plumen is a gift that keeps on giving! If you give one of our bulbs as a present and the receiver uses it to replace an incandescent one, they’ll be saving money and cutting CO2 emissions from day one. Plumen bulbs more than pay for themselves over their lifetime (if replacing a conventional bulb) so why not pass these savings, as well as a beautiful design product onto someone you love?
Orders will be sendable right up until 19th December.
NEW DROP CAP COLOURS
Here are Plumen’s new Drop Cap colours: White and a very sumptuous Copper (available initially in 220V countries, with 110V to follow shortly).You can see them in the shop.
We’re also very happy to tell you that we have new lower prices on the Drop Cap. The Black, White and Red are RRP £24.95 (previously £34.95) / €29,95 (previously €39,95) and the Copper Drop Cap is RRP £34.95 / €39,95.
The Baby Plumen 001, (already for sale in 220V countries) also fits the Drop Cap snugly (as you can see below), giving the buyer some fresh options for clusters and other interesting arrangements that use the effect of mirrored forms at different scales.
We’re really looking forward to seeing the wonderful Copper Drop Cap ideas people come up with. If you’ve created something with any Plumen products that you want to show off then please send them in and if we think they’re great we’ll share them on our Facebook page. The very best customer pictures of the year also feature on the Plumen box.
YEAR OF THE CHANDELIER
Two years after the launch of the Original Plumen 001 and two weeks after we first saw the Baby Plumen 001, these Plumen Chandeliers could be seen all across The 2012 London Design Festival. Seeing the bulbs in series draws out interesting echoes and effects from the repeating forms. Add to that other elements, materials and arrangements and each one tells a very different story.
First we have the stunning Vessel Chandelier. The Vessel was the first shade to be made specifically with the proportion, form and use of the Plumen in mind. Designed by Samuel Wilkinson for Decode, the shade has been refined over the two years since it launched. Nearly 50 shades clustered together with tints darkening in a soft gradient moving towards the center. The piece was dazzling yet subtle and warm.
The Hollywood Chandelier (below) was by contrast shiny, brash and glamorous. Rows of regimented Baby Plumen 001 bulbs glittered in the cathedral-like space in which it hung.
Ever since we saw the first Boskke Skyplanter we wanted to see Plumen and these inverted flora together. The Plumen X Boskke Chandelier is stunning in the flesh. The light draws out the most intensely saturated green from the leaves and vivid hues from the colourful flowers.
At the Dezeen Super Store, a popup store in London’s Covent Garden we installed The Hive Chandelier. The hexagonal forms of the combs allow for modular arrangements of each unit and the different coloured comb interiors create very interesting reflections and colour effects. We’d love to try the Hive on a grander scale now we’ve seen it in action.
At 100% Design this year a conference area was created for their Eco, Design and Build programme. Raised above the seating was this Plumen Chandelier, designed by Thomas Matthews.
We’re hoping that these Chandelier ideas might inspire you to see how the unique form of the bulbs works well when brought together in series and in combinations with other elements.