Designed by Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, Humanscale’s Element Disk was the first task light to use thin-film LED technology. The combination of high-intensity micro LEDs and layers of polycarbonate and optical films create a lamp with less glare and a wide footprint.
Expected to be available in the United States in 2014, Flos introduced the Light Photon Organic LED (OLED) table lamp designed by Philippe Starck. The light-emitting OLED lamp surface is the largest of any on the market.
Materials innovator 3M made its foray into the architectural lighting market with Todd Bracher’s Lightfalls, which uses a single LED and 98 percent reflective film to create the appearance of multiple LEDs.
“You could pop it into a LEED project and have it not look like Tron,” jokes Brooklyn-based industrial designer Karl Zahn of his new Sink Light pendants, which use the heat sink necessary in LED fixtures as a decorative element. The pendants are expected to debut at the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Humanscale in partnership with Peter Stathis released the 360-degree Symtra lamp earlier this year. The lamp uses optical waveguide technology on its inner panels to distribute LED light over a large surface.