Light & Shade

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Published: Sep 13, 2012 06:50:16 AM IST
Updated: Sep 6, 2012 02:14:25 PM IST



Folded Lamp
This Art Lamp from the Italian furniture company Horm has been designed by Mario Bellini and Steven Holl. The lamps are made of a laser-etched 2 mm slab of wood, which is folded in an origami-like fashion through a complex technology patented by Horm.  The LED light shines through the holes when the lamp is switched on, creating a play of light and shadow. The ceiling lamps in the collection can be mounted with steel plates and adjustable steel wires.


Light and Salty
Would you like some salt with your lamp? You could get some, with designer Daniel MacDonald’s ‘shio’ lights. Inspired by the Yellowstone National Park in the US, he uses the physics behind mineral formations around hot springs to ‘grow’ the lamp’s skin. Salt water flows over a translucent plastic and fabric skeleton, forming crystals that attach to each other.

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Wireless Wonder
This wireless subwoofer—resembling a shocked emoticon—is the Sub, which links up with other Sonos products, including the Play:3 powered speaker. It has a one-button configuration and can be controlled from your PC, Mac or Android or iOS mobile device. It works equally well standing up or lying down, even under a sofa, with dual speakers pounding the funk into your solar plexus.


One-in-all Router
This is the Swiss Army knife among routers. The D-Link DIR-505 is the best buddy for your wireless devices and works as a normal Wi-Fi router and an access point for linking different wireless devices together. It has a hot spot mode for sharing a single Wi-Fi network between multiple clients, and a repeater mode for extending range. Its USB port can also charge your gadgets.

Tough Pad
Think of it as a bomb shelter for your iPad. The G-Form iPad Extreme Sleeve 2 uses patented Reactive Protection technology to safeguard your slate from bumps and drops. It has a blend of PORON XRD and proprietary G-Form materials, which make it flexible, lightweight, and water- and abrasion-resistant. It also boasts of consistent, repeated impact absorption.

Light and Salty, Folded Lamps, courtesy Better Interiors; Wireless Wonder, Tough Pad, One-in-all Router courtesy T3 (This material is reproduced from T3 magazine and is the copyright of or licensed to Future Publishing Limited, a Future plc group company, UK2010. Used under licence. All rights reserved.)

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