Each year, the international Red Dot Award recognizes excellence in product design from companies both large and small, highlighting some of the most innovative, aesthetically pleasing and otherwise cool products from across 19 categories. One of the winners of that coveted red dot that caught our eye recently hails from the category of Lighting and Lamps – the Coral Reef LED Floor Light from Qisda Corporation of Taiwan.
One of many lighting designs inspired by the shapes of coral developed by QisDesign, Qisda’s in-house design group, this unique, thee-part floor lamp makes use of energy-efficient, cool-to-the-touch LEDs, inviting the user to twist and adjust its three tiers as needed for task or ambient lighting. The competition’s judges — which include distinguished international designers, as well as some up and coming talents — were impressed by they way the Coral Reef LED Floor Light merges an innovative use of LED technology with an organic language of form, designating it one of the “best of the best” of its 2011 winners in this category.
Apparently, coral reefs that look like fans or pads are often bathed in a fascinating underwater scene of light and shade, due to the way that sunlight hits them from above. Designers took that concept and ran with it, creating a language of form for this product inspired by coral reef lighting effects and re-created by three overlapping yet independently adjustable luminous elements, each of which can be rotated over a radius of 120 degrees, allowing it to be adapted easily to illuminate three different areas.
The lamp make of several small, energy-saving LEDs — which, of course, produce hardly any heat, inviting users to touch the luminous elements. This, according to the judges, creates a “symbiotic design appearance” that moves the lamp beyond its merely utilitarian functions, creating an emotional connection with the user.
Lighting designs that incorporate LED bulbs into aesthetically pleasing products have the potential to to cut U.S. lighting energy use by one-fourth by 2030, providing $120 billion in energy savings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Lighting Association, and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, which recently put some collective muscle into recognizing such fine LED lighting design with its eighth annual Lighting for Tomorrow Competition.
Designs such as the Coral Reef LED Floor Light are also significant in that they exploit, rather than attempt to hide, the ways that LED bulbs are different from both traditional incandescents and CFLs — namely, the fact that they’re smaller, and produce a different type of light, which tends to work best in aggregate. Side by side with the Flo Lamp, or the Philips LED Jump system (which also won the Red Dot Award in 2011), Qisda’s Coral Reef design looks decidedly more warm, inviting, and suited to the modern home.
As a winner of the Red Dot Award, Qisda Corporation is now entitled to display the Coral Reef LED Floor Light with the Red Dot logo, and to exhibit the product in an online exhibition, as well as in a museum exhibition in either Germany or Singapore. More information is available online.