daniel libeskind structures paragon table lamp for artemide
daniel libeskind structures paragon table lamp for artemide daniel libeskind structures paragon table lamp for artemide
apr 09, 2013

daniel libeskind structures paragon table lamp for artemide

daniel libeskind structures paragon table lamp for artemideportrait © designboom




the ‘paragon’ table lamp offers a broad variety of movements which are made possible by four independent segments. in designing the piece for artemide, daniel libeskind took cues from his architectural practice, conceiving a light which draws its formal elements from that of a skyscraper. the first segment performs a 360 degree rotation on a vertical axis, while the other three parts perform a 0 to 90 degree rotation on the horizontal axis. the joints direct light to the top of the unit and across space with great flexibility. each one is made from an anodized aluminium bod, with a steel base covered with a thermoplastic finish, and is illuminated by LEDs which are recessed into the head, ensuring a 90% yield without glare.


daniel libeskind explains the concept behind ‘paragon’ to designboom
video © designboom


‘paragon’ table lampimage © designboom




‘like a miniature skyscraper when standing perpendicular, the ‘paragon’ consists of four segments so that the lamp can be playfully bent at three joints to create a myriad of interesting geometric shapes; sometimes it can be made to look like a perched bird, at other times it resembles a rocket poised for launch. a lamp head fitted with the latest LED technology tops the vertical extrusion which acts as a paragon for all the other potential forms derived therefrom.’ – daniel libeskind


‘paragon’ is being presented at the artemide show room during milan design week 2013.

 detail of the light’s moving mechanismsimage © designboom


the lamp draws its formal cues from that of a skyscraper which can be bent into different configurationsimage © designboom


image courtesy of artemide


when perpendicular the lamp has a maximum height of 1151mmimage courtesy of artemide

  • nice work! Im surprised that I like something from this guy

    ... says:
  • It’s refreshing to see Libeskind branch out of his comfort zone and use pointy, shardy shapes … you know, for a creative change of vision.

    Mariah L says:

    J-Ray says:
  • Love the guy, hate his lamp…

    Piero says:
  • The product looks great as a skyscraper. But as a lighting fixture, well… it looks like there was an earthquake. The form doesn’t relate to anything resembling what it does. What is it that compells designers to get inspired by something unrelated (that is where innovation begins) and then make the object look exactly like the inspiration?!

    faftaichi says:
  • The 1151 mm height symbolizes the year of the liberation of the Italian penninsula from bad lighting designers. 🙂

    Wide Boy says:
  • Seems like Libeskind is rehashing his one wedge / shard idea and transposing it to a light fixture. If it keeps him away from building, that’s fine by me.

    Willem says:
  • Another fractured, hostile and aggressive pointy shardy thingy from Libeskind’s interminable poke-your-eyes-out phase. Can someone please give him a decent idea to work with?

    Ricardo says:
  • Essentially, it’s a crude and very inelegant version of the traditional anglepoise lamp. Libeskind dilutes, weakens and diminishes any idea he borrows.

    P. Nyro says:
  • Yawn. More pointed trapezoids from Libeskind …. I swear, if he was asked to design toilet paper, it would be sharp, abrasive and ugly. That’s all he knows.

    OhNo says:
  • You guys are mean! It’s a a nice lamp, no? Doesn’t take up much space on the desk.

    Daniel says:
  • It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s a skyscaper ….. it’s SUPER UGLY!!!

    Clark Kent says:
  • mechanical catastrophe. looks like it doesn’t straighten out completely due to tension in the wires. Perhaps a small 737 as switch would be apt about 1/3 the way down. He’s a very sympathetic chap but please leave architects to do architecture and product designers to do products.

    Dr. Design says:
  • Je fus le promotteur d’ ARTEMIDE depuis 1979 ,à l’époque distribué en France par MOBILIER INTERNATIONAL, Ernesto GISMONDI éditait aussi du mobilier en plastique injecté de grande qualité; tables “stadio”, chaises “selene” dont je me suis fait une petite collection en vert – 40 ans d’àge – resistant aux intemperies et en rouge…! Quant aux luminaires dont je posséde des NESSO blanches , j’ai connu la naissance de la TIZIO qui reste un monument insurpassable dans le DESIGN – le vrais – tout en saluant la naissance de la ” PARAGON”.

    ATELIER ART TOTAL [email protected] says:

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