Vincent Van Duysen (opens in new tab)’s latest table lamp design for Flos combines cutting-edge lighting technology with an intuitive aesthetic and a dynamic functionality.
Originally conceived as an office lamp, Van Duysen’s ‘Oblique’ is an evolution of the classic swing-arm model. ‘The starting point for the design process was a completely new technology developed by Flos,’ comments the designer. ‘An ingenious combination of LEDs and lenses that only need a thin amount of space to produce an extremely bright and bundled beam of light that falls “obliquely” from the luminaire head onto the table. I designed this luminaire around this core.’
The minimalist, compact lamp delivers a powerful asymmetric light beam, a patented technology making it the perfect tool to illuminate a workspace, but an equally practical light elsewhere in the home. The design’s functional approach is developed through well-considered elements such as the exceptional anti-glare tool, a flat head for minimal visual impact (possible thanks to Flos’ own patented ultra-flat lens), the integrated wireless charging system and a USB-C port to charge additional devices.
Created with versatility in mind, the ‘Oblique’ lamp is available with two different fixing bases for flexibility around the home, and comes in five finishes, from minimal black and white to warm pastel sage and rust.
The lamp is the latest in a series of lighting products created by Van Duysen for Flos, including the ‘Infra-Structure’ architectural lighting system (opens in new tab), a tubular lighting network with an industrial feel, taking cues from the Bauhaus aesthetic; and the outdoor ‘Casting’ lights, inspired by lamps created by Le Corbusier for the city of Chandigarh.
With ‘Oblique’, the Belgian architect adds a versatile domestic lamp to his lighting portfolio, completing his vision of a timeless design aesthetic that encompasses architecture, interiors and products.
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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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