Friday, April 23, 2010
Form & Function
This elegant, white lamp currently graces the display window of an interior store near my house. Isn't it the perfect marriage of form and function? I just love how the fixture incorporates the cord. What a clever idea! Note how the base circles around, creating stability before beginning its ascent. Infused with a playful spirit, the lamp consists of basic, geometric shapes -- line, circle and (truncated) cone. But these simple figures are all that is needed to articulate a lamp's essential elements. Two or three of these would definitely be welcome in our living room. But I imagine this fixture is Danish in origin (= very pricey) so we will probably have to continue living apart.
I like the black, table version as well but, let's face it, this design is less successful. The standing fixture has nicer proportions -- better ratio of height to base. The smaller model has too many twists and turns in too short a distance. I wonder if the designer could have pared down its form without compromising its function?