One of the reasons I love architecture is that it is an interesting mix of art and science. It’s easy to talk about the science side of it, but I find it really hard to talk about the art side of it. Generally, I am of the opinion that good design speaks for itself. Now, I know that isn’t entirely true. I’ve listened to artists and architects talk about their work and my experience has been enhanced. On the other hand, I’ve also listened to endless prattle about design that makes me want to hurl. It’s that second thing that has kept me quiet, I really don’t want to be one of THOSE architects.
What It’s All About
First and foremost, modern house plans is about design. Design is the avenue that brought me to architecture and the thing that keeps me engaged in it. I love the technical side too, which is the stuff I’ve been posting about, but I realize that since I am such a nut about design it would be good to mix in some design related posts this year.
Talking about design
The tough part is that I really do find it hard to just wax on about design. What to say?
I want talk about design without sending your BS meter through the roof and I’m afraid a lot of design talk often veers into ‘are you kidding me’ territory. Of course, I don’t want to go there, I’m a little too practical for that. I’m more interested in being useful.
Just this week I realized that I can be useful and easily talk about design in relation to examples of good design. I suppose this is painfully obvious, it just took me a while to realize this. My big idea is to share examples of things that I find interesting and appealing from a design point of view and talk about them. So, without further ado…
Thing #1 is a Light Bulb
The plumen 002 is not just any light bulb, it turns the idea of light bulb upside down and spins it around. It is billed as the designers light bulb, but I think it might appeal to non-designers as well.
The reason is that it solves a lot of the light bulb problems in an elegant way.
- It uses very little energy
- It has a soft warm glow
- It is a beautiful piece of sculpture
This light bulb looks great and not surprisingly, it performs. It’s a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL), but at 7 W it performs like an energy saving LED. Right there it won big points with me.
The light quality is described as warm and cozy and comparable to the light level of a 30W incandescent bulb. Lower the light level and you lower the wattage. Personally I think this is an improvement over the 60W or 75W lamps that are commonly used. Softening the light levels is a very civilized thing in a hyggelig kind of way.
This isn’t task lighting, it is mood lighting. If you are looking for a good looking task light, they make that too. Check out the plumen 001.
The plumen 002 is gorgeous. It stands on its own, with no need for a lampshade to hide it or to improve the light quality. In one stroke they’ve simplified lighting. That’s the mark of good design.
Where can you get it?
It’s not in production yet. I think that it should be available later in the year and will let you know when it is. You can click here to go to their website.
I don’t think it will be as “cheap” as a CFL or even some newer LED’s. That said, if you think about it as the fixture, without need for a lampshade, then it does become affordable.
What do you think?
I’m curious to know what you think of this bulb, leave me a comment below to let me know your thoughts. Even if you don’t like it, please let me know. I’ll respond to any and all comments and fill in any blanks that need filling.