Make it your own
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.