9 Innovative Light Fixtures That Combine Art, Design, and Technology

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By Gabrielle Golenda / Published by Dwell
Lighting lives somewhere on the borderline between visual art, design, and technology—and is responsible for meeting both aesthetic and practical needs.

These nine lighting fixtures have unique sensibilities and functions, and are sure to optimize any space for both living and working. Take a look!

Spark of Life by Teresa van Dongen

A recent alumni of the Design Academy Eindhoven designed this "living lamp," which is powered by electrochemically-active bacteria. Inside the vessel, the special bacteria emits small electrical currents in its metabolism while cleaning the water.

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Spark of Life by Teresa van Dongen

Counterbalance by Daniel Rybakken For Luceplan

Luceplan devised a wall light that seemingly defies the laws of physics. Positioned vicariously in space, the mobility of the lamp emulates the dynamic equilibrium of a sculptural mobile. Equipped with a fluid balancing system using gear wheels, the counterweight compensates for the movements of the long arm, ensuring stability of the diffuser.

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Counterbalance by Daniel Rybakken

The Panta Rei Light Cube

Created by Italian designers Mattia Antonetti, Fabrizio Guarrasi, and Luis H. Vicencio, this piece is inspired by the Greek metaphor for "everything flows." The layered volume consists of intricate panels of wood enveloped in a magnetic wooden block, which artfully move forward and backward as a means to switch the light on and off. 

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The Panta Rei Light Cube by Mattia Antonetti, Fabrizio Guarrasi, and Luis H. Vicencio

Babylon Light From Object/Interface

Inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon, this lamp from Object/Interface is a multifunctional pendant for both plants and light. Toronto-based industrial designer Ryan Taylor created the vessel out of powder-coated aluminum and sealed the electrical components from the water reserve. Shop below!

Babylon Light
Babylon Light
We’ve all been stuck, at one point or another, in a stark urban space dreaming about being outside in nature. The Babylon Light will bring nature to you with its ingenious design that combines a pendant light and a planter in a sleek, modern design. Choose the plants, add a light bulb and you’re ready to go. Whether you prefer the small white flowers of a snowdrop plant or the cascading tendrils of English ivy, this hanging lamp will revitalize both your living space and your senses. Each light is designed and made in Canada by Object/Interface.
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CHORD by AlexAllenStudio

This Brooklyn-based studio designed a lighting pendant in the simple form of a delineated semicircle. The overall effect looks like a light that's emanating into a void, where the fixture becomes a portal—altering imagery within.

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CHORD by AlexAllenStudio

CMYK up by Studio Dennis Parren

Dennis Parren fashioned a 3D-printed pendant lamp shaped like a graphic outline—which quite fittingly, casts shadows in the color model CMYK. It projects an elusive network of lines in the primary colors of light (cyan, magenta, and yellow).

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CMYK up by Studio Dennis Parren

Container by Alex Chow

This table lamp is 3D-printed with non-GMO and 100-percent renewable corn-sourced PLA. It can be made-to-order in just six days. The design incorporates the secondary function of storage, articulating a space where people naturally tend to put items on the flat surface of a lamp. 

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Container by Alex Chow

Han by Goula/Figuera Studio For Faro Barcelona

This lamp-coat hanger designed by Alvaro Goula and Pablo Figuera was the result of the first collaboration between both Spanish studios. Designed for Faro Barcelona, the structure is composed of a LED light source and emits a soft and warm illumination—followed by four hangers.

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Han by Goula/Figuera Studio For Faro Barcelona

COVI by Senic

Senic, a Y combinator-backed hardware and software startup, released a speech-enabled interior light that doubles as a smart home hub (currently seeking funding via Kickstarter). It allows users to trigger events on their smart devices based on specific times, inputs, and commands. It's supported through services like Amazon Alexa, Nest, and Hue.

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COVI by Senic