Aiming at the desktop lamp market segment, a new, high quality, Siteco desktop lamp was to be developed. Based on Siteco‘s registered „measurement tape-rods“ design, the low-voltage lamp was intended as a flagship product. The delicateness and airiness of its design was the most important parameter for the assessment of its design‘s quality.
Seen in the right context, the development of a desktop lamp is much more sophisticated than the development of a lighting concept for a whole building. In a building‘s lighting concept, the difference between daylight and artificial light, questions of the general look and eco-balance matter. For a desktop lamp, however, the good old candle must be seen as a bench mark, at least for psychological impact.
Even after centuries of improvement, the general principle of a candle remains unchanged. The beauty and positive effects of its light are archetypal features and evoke pleasant emotions in the beholder. On the other hand, candles cannot meet the high demands placed on modern desktop lighting. Nevertheless, people‘s reactions to and evaluations of light, and lighting objects, have remained much the same.
In older times, people were more used to darkness. Today, however, bright lights and the omnipresence of artificial lighting give us the feeling that our needs are only met in the most general and centralised way. For this reason, people love desktop lamps at work: Not only do these offer a more „cosy“ light, but also the lighting can be changed in various ways.
As a general approach to the design of METERr, a functional and good-looking lamp was to be developed -- which, however, had to amount to more than just an reflection of its function coupled with some attempted design. The aim was to develop a fascinating, simple and casual design on the basis of the given spring support system of the lamp. The appearance of the lamp reflects no design platitudes, but aims at minimalist design, in which the beauty of details reflects the complexity of the synergetically simplified whole.
It is presumptuous to believe that a desktop lamp could exemplify all of this as a design object. On the contrary, it is the big ideas that make a product unmistakable.
1. It is the suspense of the construction‘s principles that allows the relaxing effects of its outer appearance.
2. It is only in simplicity that the logic and correctness of simplification become apparent, as well as the efforts that go into this process.
When appearance and function are unambiguous, the human beholder needs an equivalent that touches his or her senses and sensibility. This has been accommodated in the design of the base. The base is like a beloved object, that finds itself on the desktop together with other beloved and valuable odds and ends, but furthermore has a function, too.
ILLUSTRATION I INGRID FLOHRY, DÜSSELDORF