- Created on Sunday, 13 November 2011 17:39
- Written by Planet Fashion TV
- Category: Things
Your Levitron Revolution makes for a fun levitating display piece. After a while, though, you want bigger stuff in the house to float on air, too. While the Light-Light Floating Lamps don't completely levitate quite yet, the top half of the shade does. And it looks awesome.
Designed by Angela Jansen, the lamps make use of the same technology they use in those magnetic levitating toys. Except instead of toys, they integrated it into an actually useful home furnishing, making for one fancy piece that's guaranteed to get any guest talking.
The Light-Light Floating Lamps come in two models: the Silhouette and the Eclipse. Both employ the same levitating tricks that allow the top end of the shades to stay suspended in mid air. Of course, you'll need to turn the levitation hardware on the whole time to keep the thing looking so awesome, consuming an estimated 3W of power throughout (15W with the 300-lux lights switched on). Light flows out through mirrored openings under the shade. The Silhoutte features a handcrafted wooden base and a cone-shaped shade that's decked in matte black fabric and a pearl white finish for the visible interior walls. The Eclipse, on the other hand, is built for more modernist households, featuring a drum-like shade in either matte black or reflective silver. Base is made from transparent glass for a stylish touch, leaving the fabric-covered cord that runs inside fully visible. Love it? I'm sure you do. Being unique and stylish don't come cheap, though, as the Light-Light Floating Lamps are listed at €980 each
Sofas are generally designed for two types of positions: sitting upright and lying down when the wife kicks you out of the bedroom. The Cay Sofa changes all that, allowing you to be comfortable regardless of what position you want to take.
How? By being rigged to shape-shift automatically when you move. Parts of it fold-in, fold-out, rise up or fall at an incline, depending on what could best serve your sitting position.
The brainchild of Alexander Rehn, the Cay Sofa is an unusually shaped furniture that looks more like an uncomfortable bed at first sight. Throw your body on there, though, and the thing will adjust based on where you drop your weight using a clever mechanical system that you can also adjust manually to your liking -- a tug here and a push there should let you customize it to serve you best.
There's no fancy electronic brain in the thing either. Instead, it just a series of carefully designed planks (with soft padding, of course) connected by strategically-placed hinges, all standing on angled legs. Having little facility for actual mechanical engineering principles, I don't exactly understand how it manages the magical shape-shifting, but it seems to do so beautifully.
Of course, the fact that the Cay Sofa is a chair for one single-person use kind of sucks. If you have the space for a rigged-out La-Z-Boy, though, this could make for a more conversation-worthy alternative. The real downside, actually, is it's a one-off for now, but I definitely would like to see something similar offered commercially down the line.