karim rashid creates three pieces for fontana arte 2015 lighting collection
karim rashid creates three pieces for fontana arte 2015 lighting collection karim rashid creates three pieces for fontana arte 2015 lighting collection
aug 25, 2015

karim rashid creates three pieces for fontana arte 2015 lighting collection

karim rashid creates three pieces for fontana arte 2015 lighting collection 
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the past eighty years fontana arte has been telling the story of italian design through light fixtures. for its 2015 collection, they asked famed creative guru karim rashid to create three distinctive lamps that find their application in both residential and public sectors. the three lights, – kinx, apex and flex have characteristics which lend themselves to the creation of lightweight, elegant, minimal articles. each of the understated shapes include strong colors and materials with personality. for this reason karim rashid has chosen electric blue, phosphorescent pink, black, chrome and silver.

IMG_7183FontanaArte_KINX-_Karim-Rashid_designboom_002the ‘kinx’ table lamp
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‘kinx’ table lamp is symbiotic union of design and practicality. easy to handle and adjustable the head is a loop of lumens with dimmable LEDs. each is electronically managed with a blue optical actuator and signal point. the clear molded diffuser increases the user’s visual comfort. the base of the lamp can be used to hold small things and has an built in USB port for recharging electronic devices.

IMG_7185FontanaArte_KINX-_Karim-Rashid_designboom_003the looped LED design
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IMG_7186FontanaArte_KINX-_Karim-Rashid_designboom_004the base keeps little objects organized
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IMG_7191FontanaArte_KINX-_Karim-Rashid_designboom_006table lamp has USB port for charging electronic devices
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IMG_7193FontanaArte_KINX-_Karim-Rashid_designboom_007the ‘kinx’ has a very light structure 
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_001the apex wall/ceiling lamp
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‘apex’ is a linear wall/ceiling lamp, featuring a tapered form whose central element recalls an eye shape. the functional blade of light creates a continual line that almost disappears into its surroundings. it can be installed horizontally, vertically or to form a continuous beam of light across the ceiling.

Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_002it features a lightly tapered form 
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_003they come in three distinctive colors
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_004the ‘apex’ forms an uninterrupted flow of light 
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_005the center hides all the necessary mounting details
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_006the ‘flex’ wall lamp 
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‘flex’ wall lamp is aeronautically inspired which is made in die cast aluminum. it manages to deliver character and formality at one and the same time, radiating light both upwards and downwards like a fine floating surface, just like a plane or a bird.

Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_007it is made of die cast aluminum
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_008the wall lamps are meant to look like a simple floating surface
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_009the lamp splits the light in two directions
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Karim-Rashid_FontanaArte_designboom_010the panel is thin with embedded LEDs
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research into LED technology started in 1962, 53 years ago, but the invention and development of the high-power white-light LED to use for illumination has only made it into our everyday life since 1995. we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this benchmark with the ‘happy LED life!’ competition.


GWANGJU INTERNATIONAL DESIGN BIENNALE 2015 (hosted by gwangju metropolitan city and organized by gwangju design center), in collaboration with DESIGNBOOM, present the ‘happy LED life!’ competition, which explores smart lighting ideas and products for public and private spaces. It seeks to improve our lit environment through LED technology, while raising awareness around low-energy consumption.


participation is open to applicants from every country in the world – from professionals, students, to design-enthusiasts. registration is free.


find out more about the ‘happy LED life!’ competition brief and how to entire HERE.

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