Black Hole Lamp
Dario Narvaez, Anthony Baxter

Concept Statement:
A popular depiction of a black hole is an unseen force of nature drawing light down to a single point in space. Using this analogy, the ‘Black Hole Lamp’ controls the intensity of the light being emitted by creating a funnel from which the light cannot escape. In the ‘on’ position the reflective disc of material is fully illuminated, but as the flexible disc is drawn back towards the center of the black hole, the light gets dimmer until it eventually disappears. The ‘Black Hole Lamp’ is effectively dimming the light as it changes shape, in the same way a black hole draws in light and matter by altering the fabric of space.
The design of the lamp features a silicone disc which is deformed by pulling it (angle and length are changed), decreasing the travel of the light rays and its area of contact.

Project Specs:
Dimensions: Height: 1400mm Base width: 600mm Base length: 500mm Shade diameter: 500mm Materials: Stainless Steel rod ½” – 3/8”, Silicone disc, Stainless steel frame, Rings of LED’s. Manufacturing Processes: Metal tube bending, Welding, Stretched silicone sheet, Metal cutting, Metal brake forming.

Company: CurveID
Designers: Dario Narvaez: Senior Industrial Designer. His work ranges in the field of consumer products, automotive design, and digital painting.  Clients such Colgate, John Deere, Panasonic, Harley Davidson, OXO are featured in his portfolio.
Tony Baxter: Curve ID Partner and director of diverse projects for well known clients including Nike, John Deere and Colgate. Tony has been awarded internationally recognized design awards including an Industrial Designers Society of America.


Place of Origin:
New York City, NY

Aaron Colfer

Concept Statement:
The project was developed through trying to find an alternative method to position an adjustable lamp. I developed a playful way to secure the desired position by placing a pin into the turning elements on the lamp. The design is based around conflicting geometry, the internal workings of the turning parts had to be designed in a way to prevent the lamp falling quickly under its own weight once a pin was removed. Internal rubber bushings we included to create a soft action and prevent this from happening.
Under the Cosmic theme, natural, elemental materials we're chosen. A solid stone base contrasts with the glossy copper shade. A dark lacquered finish was chosen for the frame to add contrast to the solid brass pins. On profile the polished pins align and reflect surrounding light to imitate the constellation of Orion.

Project Specs:
With a total height of 620mm and with a solid base measurement of 200mmx100mmx50mm, the frame is constructed of routed dark stained ash, with a spun copper shade and the base routed marble. Contrasting machined copper is used to detail the chord exits and cable management.The parts are designed to come apart if necessary with mainly push fixings needed.

Product designer now working within commercial interiors, many of my interior projects include bespoke elements that include lighting, accessories and furniture. A hobbyist, designing and creating products and furniture in my spare time.

Place of Origin:
Bristol, UK

Jax Lighting System
Mark Kinsley

Concept Statement:
"And in that blackest moment, a guiding force pulsed through the remnant, lighting the last city over the dark horizon."

Jax lives in that familiar and yet unplaceable future past, the one imagined and reimagined time and again in and out of the pages or frames of science fiction. This fragment of prose hints at a timeless, perhaps intergalactic, story which Jax brings to life, light in boundless darkness.

A modern, star-shaped hub powers the prisms, connecting light like constellations with each crystal throwing its own starburst. The final futuristic form of each system nods to a dreamt up intersection of architecture, light, power, time, and space.

Project Specs:
Jax poetically juxtaposes the machined with the handcrafted, reinterpreting the traditional crystal chandelier for a different time and place. The body is made from high-precision aluminum, extruded or machined, and satin anodized. High-powered LEDs and hand-polished crystals form light sources. A subtle chamfer crosses both materials, nodding to the archetypal cuts of chandelier prisms. Comprised of three elements, Jax becomes a never-ending, tailored network of modular, sculptural ceiling and wall fixtures.

Born in Chicago, Lake + Wells Studio brings stories to life in artisan-made furniture, lighting, and objects. Marrying age-old, living materials and hand-crafted methodologies with modern elements and technology, the husband-and-wife studio’s principle desire is to discerningly bring forth fresh, evocative designs in timeless form.


Place of Origin:
Chicago, IL

Diaphanous *
Matthew Kennedy

Concept Statement:
Diaphanous lights the night hours with starlight.

The ancients believed a firmament separated the heavens from the earth, a hemisphere from where the stars shone down to lighten our darkest hours.

Diaphanous recreates this cosmic order, a luminaire fashioned with an LED waveguide dome, floating above, with light extractors fashioned by custom laser etching to represent the multitude of stars and nebulae of the cosmos. 

Diaphanous is a map to the stars, recreating the actual patterns of the night sky from any point of view on earth, shown here as the night sky of the Northern hemisphere.

The minimal parts and innovative, screw-free assembly makes Diaphanous sustainable and cost effective, comprised of a waveguide, a circular LED array, a central ring-shaped heatsink and conductive support cables, capable of creating intense or dimmed light at a staggeringly energy-efficient 130 lumens per Watt with superior CRI 92 colour rendering.

Project Specs:
Diaphanous is an LED waveguide luminaire measuring 180mm tall by ø900.

A circular LED array mounted to a machined aluminum heatsink surrounding the central hole directs light into an acrylic waveguide fashioned by injection molding or thermoforming, supported by two conductive power cables that connect with the driver in the canopy. Extractors on the interior surface of the waveguide permit the light to radiate, fashioned by custom laser etching or from the injection moulding process. *Patent Pending

I love lighting. There’s something magical about it.

I’m passionate about solid state lighting, and have been working on personal projects designing and developing new archetypes in LED waveguide lighting. Recently, I incorporated a new venture, Loom™, to bring innovative lighting solutions to market. Loom Inc. is a Top 15 Round_3 finalist in the 2016 New Ventures BC technology business competition.

I live and work near Vancouver, Canada.

Matthew Kennedy


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Little Zig
Eve Fineman & Henri Preiss

Concept Statement:
Little Zig refers to the Ziggurat formation of the shade, a shape that references objects both ancient and futuristic. The origin of the shade was inspired by a recurring visual element in the paintings of one of the collaborators, whose work also references traces of time from past to present to future. Translated into a table-top lamp, the shade appears to have landed like an unknown craft onto the earthy, concrete base. The COSMIC reference here is visually undeniable, as the addition of glow to the form reinforces its spaceship-like appearance.

This piece is the second in a collaborative series, both exploring the transformation of this ziggurat form. The use of digital fabrication technology is an intentional move to enable local, simple production. The concrete base is cast in-house, serving as a contrast to the glowing acrylic shade. The materiality and processes allow for minimal waste and straightforward production.

Project Specs:
Dimensions: 9"H x 9.5"W x 9.5"D
Materials: acrylic, concrete, LED light
Processes: Laser cut acrylic sheet, cast concrete form. Shade is removable.

Henri Preiss is a visual artist, whose paintings combine archetypal imagery (motifs, compositions, color schemes and symbolism) in complex ways to produce pieces that are exotic yet somehow recognizable. Henri teaches drawing in the Theater School at DePaul University.

Eve Fineman is trained as an architect and teaches interior architecture and product design at Columbia College Chicago. Eve designs furniture and custom interiors for projects ranging from residences to restaurants and yachts.


Place of Origin:
Chicago, IL USA

Synodic Sconce
Neal Aronowitz

Concept Statement:
Nightlight brings mankind in touch with the mysteries of space and the farther reaches of the universe. The moon, traditionally our principal source of nightlight, can evoke strong emotions- from fear and terror to peace and calm.
The celestial movements of earth, sun, and moon govern the lunar or synodic month, with the familiar shifting moon phases.
Synodic Sconce is a representation of these moon phases and an expression of this beguiling celestial dance. Twenty eight blown glass globes are arranged in a vertical arcing pathway over Black Galaxy Granite. The broncite scales within the granite glitter like the night sky. The glass globes, internally illuminated with LED bulbs, are hand painted black to evoke the gradual waxing and waning of the moon cycle. Mirror polished stainless steel borders the sconce.
Resonant with cosmic mystery, Synodic Sconce is familiar and enchanting, an illuminated sculptural light source and object of contemplation.

Project Specs:
Hand blown glass globes.
Black Galaxy Granite.
Mirror polished stainless steel.
LED bulbs.
Dimensions: 68" tall x 6" wide x 2" deep.
172 cm tall x 15 cm wide x 5 cm deep.

Neal Aronowitz, a Brooklyn, NY native has been living and working in Portland, Oregon since 1995. After studying art and architecture in NY and Massachusetts he founded a successful construction company, while building furniture on the side.

Neal recently made the irrevocable decision to dust off and crack open those piles of sketchbooks and foray into the more experimental, riskier pieces that have been unrealized dreams.

Inspiration abounds and there is no turning back now!


Place of Origin:
Portland, Oregon, USA

Alex Brown - Rakumba Lighting

Concept Statement:
Conceived as an interlinking constellation of lights, Ramus is a system of independent luminaire modules that interconnect to form vast looping networks in planar or 3-dimensional space.

The extraordinarily compact junction nodes are configured to have up to 5 branch arms, and a choice of single or bi-directional LED illumination. In a unique departure from branching lighting vernacular, the Ramus branch division occurs at every light node, resulting in an unprecedented level of freedom to create personalised bespoke sculptural installations. An unconventional ability to link the structure back onto itself gives these arrangements the opportunity to form intermolecular style bonds that maintain strength across large arrays – resulting in a system that’s infinitely expanding, just like its cosmic inspiration.

The intent is to provoke a shared creative collaboration between the designer and client.

Project Specs:
Modules: 80Øx60mm. 
Arms: max. 2 metres between modules.

Light source:
dimmable integrated Tridonic LED, 3000K.
Single-sided module: 3W, 350 lm (module), ~250 lm (TTL)
Bi-directional module: 6w, 700 lm (module) ~500 lm (TTL)

Materials and finish:
Module body: die-cast aluminium, powdercoated, polished or custom plated
Arms: extruded aluminium, powdercoated, polished or custom plated
Diffuser: machined acrylic, sandblasted

Rakumba started making beauty in 1968.  Our team of Industrial Designers is Australian-based and internationally present.  Our inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere – our passions span far and wide.  The intersection between design and craft is important to us. Our attention to detail and pursuit for perfection is what matters. We care about what we create. It’s not a philosophy, it’s pride.


Place of Origin:
Melbourne, Australia

"Brighten up" (Sun behind clouds)
Tomas Schats

Concept Statement:
This is an wall sculpture functioning as a night-light,
it is a very broad interpretation of the theme cosmic, but I felt like sending it in,

Through my opinion it has a link with the cosmic theme, staring up the sky seeing clouds, the nature and also the appearance of
the sun (which is located in space).

It is made in response to all the terrific news nowadays; the war in syrie, the threath of russia, the refugees,
terroristic attacks, etc...
I felt like making an object which in the first place offered me some comfort and consolation.
But I also wanted to share this object with a broader audience, to offer them happiness and also when needed hope.

Project Specs:
Link video-documentation:
Title: "Brighten up" (sun behind cloud)
night-light which has to be hung on a flat and smooth wall so that the beams of the light will shine on the wall

Material: Translucent synthetic material, led-lights, Arduino chip
, phone adapter, usb cable (2 mtr)
Size: width: 21 cm, height: 11 cm, depth: 1,2 cm
 (the size is adjustable)

Tomas Schats (Eindhoven, The Netherlands 1976)
Study: Academy of Fine Arts, Den Bosch 1997-2001

Tomas Schats makes objects/animations/drawings from which everything superfluous has been omitted.
The narratives he tells are layered and occasionally take unexpected turns.
The objects/drawings/animations are based on reality, light-footed but transcend it is a subtle manner.
They tell stories about humankind, with all its possibilities and limitations.


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Bow Shock Pendant
Tom Purdy and Linda O’Gwynn

Concept Statement:
bow shock
noun \bau̇-shock
1.  The parabolic shock wave formed by the collision of a stellar wind with another medium (as the magnetosphere of a planet or the heliosphere of a star).

Since the beginning of time, depictions of our prevailing cosmology in everyday things have imparted meaning to our lives on earth.  This pendant, born in a furnace and cooled to represent the movement of matter through time and space, continues that tradition.
During the day, the mirrored surfaces are convex to the light source, expanding and capturing the room like a van Eyck painting.
At night, the mirrors are concave to the source, focusing, reflecting, and converging the light in ways that change with the point of view – much like the bent universe we observe through telescopes.
As matter sails through the cosmos, the bow shocks merge, converge, and land on unimaginably distant shores.

Project Specs:
This is a low voltage pendant with an LED or halogen light source (halogen pictured).  The fixture is comprised of two mirrored shades.  The inner shade is spherical clear blown glass with white flecks and the outer shade is clear parabolic blown glass.  Both shades are mirrored on the inside surface.  The outer shade attaches to the low voltage cable with an adjustable stainless steel bushing.  The inner shade is supported by a spring clip.

Tom Purdy and Linda O’Gwynn have practiced architectural design for 30 years as a way of finding home-on-earth. Tom loves the materiality of architecture and finding conceptual relationships between the whole and the detail.  Linda is drawn to the spatial aspect of architecture and focuses on the fit between use and the character of space. They’ve launched Purdy O’Gwynn Product Design (POPD) as an exploration of the same themes on a smaller, more personal scale.


Place of Origin:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bekir Kelceoglu

Concept Statement:
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe…” said Carl Sagan, who is perhaps one of the most popular astrophysicists of the modern history. Understanding the meaning behind his words, I synthesized my own quote: “If you want to design a light fixture, then I need to invent the light first…”  Then I traveled to the point at which all had started, the Big Bang, and found my inspiration there.
Stellar represents the origin and the birth of our universe.  Like everything else, light was born in there and ever so expanding to every direction.  Hard geometric angles and diverging lines enforces the great explosion image.
Stellar was designed as two separate pieces, so the user can carry his/her universe anywhere he/she wishes.  Smart processor inside the light globe provides many customization options, such as color, intensity, and/or sensor integration.

Project Specs:
Stellar’s crown and its pedestal are made out of highly polished chrome rods.  They are attached together with point-welding.  The feet and the neck of the pedestal are solid iron providing necessary stability.  Actual light fixture is a Bluetooth controlled RGB-LED system, which has rechargeable battery.  Detached crown can provide 2-4 hours of continuous light at the highest intensity.  The crown can be placed at any corner to recharge it back again. (18”x18”x58”)

Bekir Kelceoglu is a professor and a designer.  Passionate about design and emerging technology, he has been actively teaching, researching, and designing architectural products for more than 10 years.  Originally from Turkey, he has bachelor’s degree in interior architecture from Anadolu University, Turkey; and, master of fine arts degree in industrial design development from the Ohio State University.  He lives and designs in New Jersey, USA.


Place of Origin:
New Jersey, USA