Last week at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Louis Poulsen launched a new interpretation of the traditional architect lamp. The ultra-minimalist work lamp is the result of a new partnership with Japanese design company nendo, and designer Oki Sato.
All the familiar details are present: the springs, the angled shade, the rotating head and the clamp for attaching it to the table. Yet everything is very different. NJP Table is a new interpretation of the classic architect lamp, with functional qualities that have helped make it the archetypal work lamp and extremely popular in workplaces and private homes. In Oki Sato’s lamp, the glare-free light distribution, flexibility and soft reflected light have been recreated in an ultra-minimalist Japanese design.
For Oki Sato, NJP Table is a personal lamp. It is intended to serve as a key element of an individual working area, and as he himself puts it: “It is my lamp”. The light is comfortable, and the angled shade offers the same intimacy that the original architect lamp created in the work environment. The lamp retains and reinterprets the old principles of allowing the functionality to be visible in a contemporary design. The springs are an elegant detail, openly and decoratively exposed in the arm joints.
Versatility and an intuitive understanding of how the lamp is used have been key themes in Oki Sato’s work. The head is shaped to make it easy to adjust the lamp and switch it on and off using one hand. The two arms provide great movement and many stepless positioning options, allowing even large tables to be optimally illuminated.
The way in which we organise our work and workstations today has been a key factor in the lamp design. For example, it has two light settings (100% and 50%), making it easy to adapt the light to alternating work with a monitor or documents. The lamp also offers the high degree of head adjustment flexibility demanded by today’s height-adjustable desks. The highly positioned LED light source minimises and virtually eliminates glare at any height.
Oki Sato produces honest designs with a simple expression, discarding decorative elements and only highlighting the functional elements in harmonic interplay in the final product. Its architect lamp heritage gives the light an extra dimension and adds signal value – NJP Table is primarily a work light.
One elegant detail is that the shade head is open at the rear, so that reflected light from the LED light source is utilised to illuminate the top section of the arm. A decorative – and practical – detail which allows the angle of the shade head in relation to the arm to be steplessly adjusted via a ball joint. The opening also improves the thermal conditions for the LED light source, thereby helping ensure a long lifetime.
The lamp arms have two spring systems which ensure they can be steplessly adjusted to suit any work situation. The lamp’s simple functionalist design includes a groove in the arms in which the cord is visibly recessed. The arms’ design makes them appear light, as the eye is drawn to the flat top section, while the structure is reinforced using a triangular profile.
The lamp has several options for installation. It can be mounted in a traditional base with a bevelled edge, making the lamp appear to hover above the table. It is also available with a pin fitting, in two diameters, for direct attachment to the table top, and finally, with the classic table clamp.
With its ultra-minimalist design, the NJP Table work light is ideal for either solo or repetitive installations. Even in an open office environment the lamp has a discreet presence, and it interplays harmonically with the computer in a personal office.
NJP Table will be available for the project market spring 2015 and in the stores in September. It will be available in black or white.
Who is Oki Sato?
Oki Sato is Japanese. But his huge talent and distinct design touch have made him widely recognised on the international design scene. In 2012 he was announced Designer Of The Year by both Wallpaper Magazine and Elle Deco International Award.
Oki Sato as previously worked with danish design manufactures as he was the man behind the fusion collection for BoConcept – a unique design collection that wass inspired by origami and fusing different elements.
“My philosophy is to transform people’s interaction with everyday objects by creating small moments in everyday life. I always add a pinch of humour and friendliness to my designs”, Oki Sato explains.
Below you can see the lounge chair and sofa Oki Sato designed for BoConcept.
What is nendo?
In 2002 Oki Sato founded his design studio nendo at an age of just 24. The name is Japanese for modeling clay and it’s very descriptive for the nendo design philosophy: To transform people’s interaction with everyday objects by creating ‘small moments’ in everyday life. You can see this in each nendo design in the minimal yet characteristic form, with a pinch of humor and friendliness. Today nendo has offices around the world and can display an impressive list of awards, exhibitions and great designs.