kyouei design: dish of light kyouei design: dish of light
oct 16, 2012

kyouei design: dish of light

dish of light C, 2012 material: iron. copper plating size: W260mm x D215mm x H350mm weight: 1.8kg

the two dimensional geometric elements which are used to create each lamp which comprise kyouei design studio‘s ‘dish of light’ collection, offer an abstract aesthetic to what at first might not seem like a lighting object. the group of four pieces unambiguously named A,B,C and D are each composed of similar components – central circular shapes which are arranged in combination with more quadrilateral sections – resulting in minimalist sculptural designs. the disc-like shades of each light rotate, allowing the user to control the intensity of the luminescence.

the disc-like elements rotate to reflect light

the two dishes placed perpendicularly to one another in ‘dish of light C’ in order to reflect and/or shade light off of a rectangular board which is placed directly in front of it. this piece maintains a balance to the overall form of the lamp, the disc-like shade portion rotating and changing direction freely.

when illuminated the copper tones in combination with the lighting element emit a warm glow

dish of light A, 2012 material: iron, 24k gold plating. size: W550mm x D220mm x H220mm weight: 1.0kg

  the linear formation of ‘dish of light A’, extends horizontally and is balanced at one end by two plate elements which offer shading.

plate details

the form extends horizontally balanced by circular elements at one end

dish of light B, 2012 material: iron size: W340mm x D150mm x H236mm weight: 1.0kg

the light source of ‘dish of light B’, is hung from a horizontal element which continues upwards into a ‘C’ shape in which the plate, which acts as the lamp shade features a uniform curve so that it can fit precisely within.

view of the lighting element in relation to the shade

dish of light D, 2012 material: iron, trivalent chromel plating size: W780mm x D215mm x H35mm weight: 2.4kg

the overall balance of ‘dish of light D’ is maintained by a board which is placed off centre between the two identical lamp shade components.  

a rectangular board offers balance between the circular elements of the lamp

  • very lovely until the electrical cord appears – I think I would rather see the light source provided by an internally fueled flame

    dbkii says:
  • OMG that cord was not considered in the design process…..

    The hollowed bar at the base partially conceals the cord without any thought of how the cord spans from the bulb source to the base of the lamp. This only accentuates how amateur the objects are because they thought of the problem, just didnt resolve it totally or even at all in some iterations.

    yes, I completely agree with dbkii, lets just view these as oversized tealight candle holders since the designer didnt think about its function as a plug-in lamp.

    just sayin says:
  • these lights are BEAUTIFUL!

    ... says:
  • I’m also ‘just sayin’…nice tealights. Just goes to show what you can do with investment capital…
    Remember when life gives you lemonade, make lemons

    Pasha says:
  • Functionality fail.

    Isaac Grant says:

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