The design of the こうふく (ko-hu-ku) lamp draws its inspiration from the interplay of light and shadow, space and object, and the contrasting properties of basic materials. To emphasize the simplicity of forms, all elements of the lamp have been incorporated into its basic shapes. The touch-activated dimmer is accessible by tapping and pressing one’s finger against the side of the box, which is marked by a laser-engraved universal power symbol. The integrated induction charger sits below the top surface of the box, allowing the surface to serve both as a charging station and resting place for a cellular device.
The more random and chaotic stainless steel tubes, which elevate the fully integrated LED lighting, stand in contrast to the more stoic geometric form of the solid walnut base. While this quiet geometry is adorned with wood grains that are best described as random and expressive with a warm brown hue, the sporadic arrangement of the steel stands in opposition to the base with its highly polished “cold” surface. The placement of the LED within the steel columns aims to both distill the overall form of the lamp to its bare elements and celebrate the dynamic contrast between its column and base.
This conscious juxtaposition of form, texture, colour, and effect emphasizes the qualities of each respective component. Simultaneously, it contributes towards an object that can be felt as a whole, where each piece finds meaning in relation to the others. The entire lamp sits 1/8″ above the table surface to give the overall form a sense of weightlessness.
nature & technology
Natural and man-made materials combined with contemporary advancements in electronics. A built-in wireless induction charger, dimmable LEDs, and a sensor based switch are all integrated into the design.
The angled steel tubes provide both hard and soft task lighting.
The holes have been micro-machined to line up exactly with the LED components on the strip. Each hole has also been chamfered to create a softened element to the design.