Automata Design

Automata Design with the basic mission to design a range of high impact contemporary light shades that are accessible and affordable. This model is called the “Novalite” and is one of the more complex pieces. It’s constructed of 72 interlocking pieces. It’s inspired by snowflakes, sea urchins, and complex forest seeds–it shines a kaleidoscope type pattern. The lights are all shipped flat and you assemble …

Hot Choz

French designer David L'Hôte seems to be just as fed up with wires as I am. Centfils (translating to something like 100 wires) is a series of design concepts that address the increasingly problematic proliferation of electrical wires. From left to right: Octave goes under the desk for all those computer peripherals, Odile on top of the desk for the mobile devices and Oscar in …

Living in a Box

Last year, German design firm Transalpin conceived a way to pass electricity through wood and named it Wood.e. The 12V current doesn't actually pass though the wood; there's conductive material layered in to the plywood. This year, they created Living In a Box (above) as an example of how this innovative material could be applied. Normally separate pieces, chairs, tables, lamps and shelves, are integrated …