This year’s latest table lamps accentuate the poetry of light, exploring original expressive forms. From the reinterpretation of more classic volumes to bizarre solutions that weave industrial design with a more artistic creativity, small lamps continue to evolve with a sculptural spirit. Designers then look to produce luminous objects with a bold decorative impact that, even when switched off, plays a fundamental role in any atmosphere.
Perched atop a side table or resting on a desk, the latest lamps from industry leaders — not only those specializing in light design — stay true to their original function: to illuminate the surrounding space with precision. Alongside more traditional plug-in models we find cordless variants void of electrical chains, whose nomadic light becomes a response to fluid living styles. The new solutions studied to be positioned at the center of tables, bookcases and consoles bring light both inside and out, from residential interiors to the dehors of bars and restaurants.
FontanaArte - Tropico
Continuing the adventure begun back in 2017 with the presentation of the Equatore family of lamps, Gabriele and Oscar Buratti give new form to the expressivity of light, designing Tropico for FontanaArte. The project revolves around a spheric cap in opaline glass that's fixed by a large stud in reflective metal, emanating a discreet and enveloping light. Just as it occurs in nature, where the Tropics are the only place that light shines perpendicularly during solstices, the lamp also catalyzes attention on itself. The family is complete with a sconce/ceiling lamp and table lamp, both of which are available in three different sizes.
Qeeboo - Paris M
Paris M is a lamp for interiors designed for Qeeboo by Job Smeets. For this bizarre yet functional piece, the designer was inspired by the years in which, as a young “bohemian”, he lived in Paris. It was in that period that the Eiffel Tower became a reassuring presence in his life. The most famous iron giant in the world, curving and climbing, becomes the support stem of a brass diffusor in both a table and floor version. As an added feature, the dome in aluminum can also be directed as desired.
Martinelli Luce - Boleto
Essential, light and, most importantly, wireless. It’s called Boleto and it's the latest table lamp designed by Emiliana Martinelli for Martinelli Luce. Featuring a rechargeable battery, the indoor version of the similar solution for exteriors is distinguished by its compact dimensions: the luminous body, much like a little mushroom, rests above a slender stem. Studied for restaurants, it flaunts a structure in painted aluminum and is available in white, black and corten.
Artemide - Gople Portable
Its elementary form, which in the mother design exalts the beauty of hand-worked glass according to an ancient Venetian technique fading white glass into crystal glass, gives body and volume to the new portable articulation in plastic. Gople Portable from BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, is a nomadic light from Artemide with a battery lasting between 8 to 26 hours, emanating a soft, diffuse and adjustable light with three intensities making it perfect for bars and restaurants.
Axolight - Float
“With Float, Axolight and I focused on style and rationality to achieve the arduous task of building a functional emotion,” says Mario Alessiani of the new Float lamp designed together with Axolight. Inspired by the beach floats for kids — from which it takes its name — the piece can be positioned on any object, on the table or floor, suspended from the ceiling or on a wall. Complete with a soft touch system to adjust the light, Float is also rechargeable thanks to a normal and interchangeable USB charger.
Riflessi - Nubola
Among the new additions of 2020, Riflessi presents Nubola, a series of lamps that evolves around irregular forms in blown glass recalling fluttering, celestial, and luminous clouds. Realized by expert Venetian artisans, the luminous body is installed — in the table version — on a cylindrical point-like base that recalls the finish of blown glass. Metallic colors, meanwhile, along with chromed nuances embellish the round forms of the entire volume.
Seletti - Rio Lamp
Signed off by designer-maker Marcantonio, Rio Lamp by Seletti is the democratic version of 5 Minutes Alone…, a creation from the handmade collection by the Romagnolo designer. The star of these sculptural lights is Rio, the Jack Russell of Stefano Seletti. The four-legged friend is added to the designer’s bestiary including the Monkey Lamp, holding the brass arm of an antique chandelier between its teeth, which, as the torn electric cable would suggest, seems to have been secretly stolen.
Oluce - Siro
Among the latest new additions, Oluce presented several projects from young and emerging designers at Rome’s IED - European Institute of Design for Milano Design City 2020, including Siro from Marta Perla. The spheric light with a frontal disk frees a soft light from within, flaunting an ultra-thin LED source (also pictured in opening). Seen straight-on, the piece appears to blur into a two-dimensional screen in line with the surface behind it. “It takes its name from the necessity, so typical of man, to search in celestial movements, possible links between one’s own past and cosmic phenomena. Hence Siro, deriving from Sirius, the brightest white star in the night sky.”