The essentials of balance
Furniture and product designer Jasper Morrison thinks more things require balance. As he speaks with Flosshe assimilates balance to the natural, the freedom to give objects the possibility of forming their forms as they wish. Morrisson Notes ‘the balance between visibility and discretion; the balance of elements within an object, the balance of one or certain finishes with an object, the balance of the atmospheric effect an object has on its surroundings; and the balance between cost and perceived value of an object.‘ With his latest lighting design for Flos titled “Oplight”, the brutality of balance and light finds solace in aesthetics and design.
At first glance, the wall sconce looks like a small round-shaped mirror on the dressing table or a shower head with hidden nozzles in a luxurious penthouse bathroom. As he continues the conversation with Flos, Morrison admits that the shape is perhaps the most notable feature of his design. ‘It’s like an even more flattened outline of Glo-ball. Hopefully this looks like the most obvious and definitive shape a wall sconce can have. The light source is an LED panel covered with a clear but ridged panel that deflects the light at an angle away from the wall,‘ he shares.
images courtesy of Flos
Shedding light from above
The light emitted by ‘Oplight’ rises from the top rather than the conventional light scatter directed down to the ground. Its shell is made of die-cast aluminum and its color consists of a powder coating, two elements that make the wall lamp easy to recycle and have a lower overall environmental impact since the coating does not require any solvents.
Oplight’s LED source radiates with a long lifespan and has a lifespan of over 50,000 hours. ‘In the event of a malfunction, or later when more efficient light sources are available, the board can be replaced without having to throw away the rest of the lamp, with significant savings in terms of resources,‘ writes Paolo Brambilla, Design curator of Flos. ‘This is possible because the LED board is not glued to the heatsink as usual, and its replacement does not require sophisticated equipment. On the contrary, it can be done by a regular electrician without taking the lamp to the store for upgrading.’
During the design phase, Morrison thought about the environment in which the wall lamp would be placed, the atmosphere considered to be the heart of why his design would exist. For the designer, the design must give a light and original aura to the space he inhabits.It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many products have a negative effect. Whether the light is on or off, it should feel natural in the context of the space it is in,’ he said to Flos.
furniture and product designer Jasper Morrison
Create an atmosphere
For Oplight, he imagines his design inside an old country house for the small variant and in a high-ceilinged house for the larger one as well as in the hallway of an office. Crossing the gangway at night with Oplight to escort footsteps invoke the memory of a lighthouse guiding ships and sailors safely to shore.
While one can think of the ease given to the design, Morrison admits to facing challenges in creating the lighting plan. ‘As the physical presence of the design is only one part of the quality of a lighting product and the other part is something intangible and quite unpredictable, it is very difficult to focus on the end result, whereas when designing a chair, form automatically relates to product performance,‘ he said to Flos. With ‘Oplight’, obstacles appear uninvited thanks to the simplicity and functionality of the design.
Jasper Morrison creates symmetry, simplicity and functionality with Flos for Oplight
symmetry, simplicity and functionality with Oplight
Oplight bottom view
designate: Jasper Morrison
Matthew Burgos | design boom
07 April 2022