Pretty, portable and perfect for book-lovers, this lovely source of illumination can be folded from flat to a 360-degree cylinder for various lighting demands.
A flexible fan-like interior surface allows maximum flexibility, and diffuses the light projected from within. The portable lamp has an eight-hour battery life and built-in magnets allowing it to be hung or suspended as well as simply being set on a shelf.
Max Gunawan is an architect funding this industrious invention via Kickstarter where it is already quite successful on the funding front. Of its history, he writes: “Lumio started as an exploration to design a modular home that can fold flat and fit into a compact car. During the design development, I quickly realize that it will take a lot of capital (that I don’t have) to build working prototypes for the folding house. During this period, I’ve built a few folding architectural models that I carry around in my sketchbook.”
Form followed function as well as inspiration in this case as well: “When I decided to pivot and translate the concept into a folding lamp, it was a natural progression to use the form of the sketchbook as a way to package the lamp. That’s how Lumio was born.”
This great little gadget is powered by lithium-ion batteries and utilizes LEDs – it comes in a variety of finishes as well to fit any bookshelf.
About the designer:
“We create surprising and beautiful things. That’s been our focus since 2012, when Max Gunawan first began tinkering in his tiny San Francisco workshop. His passion for clean, minimalist everyday objects led to his first creation, Lito. What began as a crowdfunded project grew into an award-winning bestseller, found in more than 200 retailers across 30-plus countries.”
“Today, Lumio is focused on creating objects that blend forward-thinking technology with a level of craftsmanship more associated with days past. Through touch, sound, sight or scent, our creations engage your senses and leave you feeling more…human.”