Ingenious Lighting design at this years ICFF in New York

The Plumen 001 lightbulb by Hulger

There is always plenty of innovation to go around in the design world at the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City and this year was no exception. This past week, tens of thousands of design aficionados made the pilgrimage to North America’s formost contemporary design event, the ICFF. Inside the doors at the Javits Center, in a seemingly dazzling and somewhat disorienting sea of newness, some products at this years ICFF found a way to shine a little brighter than the competition.

Fresh off being named the Brit Insurance “Design of the Year” the Plumen light bulb made it’s North American debut, with it’s newly minted celebrity status still well in tact.

“The Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer energy saving light bulb” says Hulger, the team behind the development of the Plumen. With the considerable attention it has received at the ICFF, it seems as if the world has been waiting eagerly for it’s first designer energy saving lightbulb! It looks like the famed Italian accessory brand Alessi thinks so too.

The Seed Lamp by Nervous System

And the ever innovative Nervous System, who have made a name for themselves with their nature inspired, computer generated jewellery, have added to their new homeware collection with the Seed Lamp. This beautifully organic shaped lamp is available as a pendant or table version and is manufactured via 3D printing, an additive production process which facilitates the realization of previously unimaginable forms by ‘printing’ thin slices of plastic layer by layer to form the whole.

hobo lantern by molo design

Lastly, Vancouver’s molo design helped illuminate the streets of design week with their portable luminary bag, the hobo lantern. Lit from within with LEDs, and made from a durable and waterproof non-woven textile, the hobo lantern can be plugged into a wall or battery powered for an evening stroll (or a cocktail at the MoMA’s garden if you’re so inclined).

heartfelt lantern for Japan by molo design

And what better way to wrap this ICFF 2011 post up, then with a shameless humanitarian plug? If you would like one of your own hobo lanterns, molo has released a special “heartfelt lantern for Japan” version with all proceeds going to Architecture for Humanity‘s Japanese reconstruction efforts.

Nathan