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De­sign­ers el­e­vat­ing func­tional sta­ples with in­no­va­tive think­ing were all about cus­tomi­sa­tion. Take a look at Ja­panese stu­dio Nendo, which de­signed Gaku for Flos, as an ex­am­ple. Made up of a se­ries of wooden frames in black var­nished or nat­u­ral ash, Gaku can be cus­tomised with ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing bowls and vases. Light­ing is in­tro­duced via an ad­justable pen­dant that hangs down in­side the frame. There’s a wire­less ver­sion too, in which the lamp can be recharged through in­duc­tion plates.

Ro­nan and Er­wan Bouroul­lec took a mo­du­lar ap­proach to their Ver­ti­cale lamp, also for Flos. It’s a se­ries of sus­pen­sion lights of vary­ing lengths that can hang alone or be linked by hor­i­zon­tal cross­pieces to cre­ate geo­met­ric con­fig­u­ra­tions. The light it­self is a blown-glass cylin­der in­side an alu­minium struc­ture. Fin­ishes in­clude gold, bronze, red and blue.

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