When something is ‘done’ well it’s worth shouting about, a lot, and that’s why I’ve dedicated this blog to the Plumen 001! While the Plumen 001 isn’t new, it was in fact launched in September 2010 by Hulger in collaboration with designer Samuel Wilkinson, we can’t forget its significance as ‘the world’s first designer energy saving bulb’.
Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful designs and applications for this little eco- jewel since its launch and see what make its just so appealing…
When the Plumen 001 caught the world’s attention it not only raised eyebrows over its dynamic lines and smart manipulation of glass tube; it also raised the question of why shouldn’t all eco-commodity products be designed with this much care and attention to form as well as function?
The iconic form of the Plumen 001 certainly makes it stand out from other brands, but also lends itself nicely to a host of different styles becoming just as much of the lighting design, if not the feature.
Image credit: Left > Plumen 001 copper drop cap & pendant set. Right > The Pharaoh pendant light by Hulger for Lightyears
Bare bone beauty > functional details that are usually hidden away become the main feature, with material applications of copper and mirrored surfaces creating a premium look and feel. The Pharaoh Pendant lamp designed by Hulger as a commission for Danish lighting design company, Lightyears, aimed at expressing the light source. While ‘off’ the lamp shade appears as a solid mirrored surface, but when switched on the silhouette of the bulb is revealed through the metallic-like transparency of the shade creating an intriguing and dynamic light show.
Image credit: Hulger have developed a series of lamp shades designed for the Plumen 001 bulb.
Industrial chic > the fluidity of the tubular glass creates a contrast to industrial materials. Wire fame, unfinished metal surfaces and stark functionality create a backdrop to the intriguing twists and turns. We start to see a ‘decorative reversal’, with the lighting unit becoming the element of decoration in an otherwise functional setting.
Posted by Sarita
Principal – Design Insight
The last thing that inspired me: Chinese teacups from a small café in Camden Town, London - the most amazing collection of colours and textures.
My dream project: Something multi-sensorial.
My obsession: Stationery - retro inspired, Asian influenced, graphically intriguing, sensorially indulgent and the 'unique'!