bina baitel: skins for nextlevel galerie
bina baitel: skins for nextlevel galerie bina baitel: skins for nextlevel galerie
nov 10, 2010

bina baitel: skins for nextlevel galerie

mutant rug lamp

french-israeli-swedish architect-designer bina baitel’s lighting transcends the interaction between light and material, combining technological innovation with french handcraft. her newest collection of lighting objects is commissioned and produced by nextlevel galerie in paris.


with bina baitel‘s mutant lights, a lamp becomes a rug – the rug lamp, ‘snug’ – or an open surface – the side lamp, ‘pad’. a ‘skin’ makes this hybridization between light source and flat surface possible. here the skin is no longer just an envelope, but the essence of the object itself. these leather parts thus bestow a territory that gives a luminous trajectory.

the rug lamp

‘harebell’ lamps

the exterior leather epidermis of ‘harebell’ lamps is a luminous skin made up of micro-perforated optical fibers connected to LEDs, passing trough a layer of translucent silicon. the amps are a result of a fusion between traditional savoir-faire, the saddle-switch technique with the collaboration of serge amoruso, and the diffusion of light through the micro-perforations of optical fibers in the silicon. ‘harebell’ can act as both a ceiling and side lamp.



baitel’s previously designed ‘pull-over’ tactile luminaire is now also being produced by nextlevel gallery. the skin of the design is a variable luminous source thanks to its flexible nature – the light bulb, dimmer and lampshade are one. the skin can be unrolled over and over again through a simple movement to vary the light’s atmosphere. to achieve this, micro-perforated optical fibers and translucent silicone one the interior are combined with an external silicon layer that ensures the light’s opaqueness, and also provides strength to the cone.




‘aurelie’ is a smaller version of the floor-standing ‘pull-over’ lamp.



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