During Stockholm Furniture Fair, the result of a progressive collaboration between Swedish lighting company Wästberg and British design office Industrial Facility will be introduced. The Industrial Facility w152 lamp is an electronic lamp that provides intelligent, universal power from three USB outlets, detecting charging requirements and managing them at their fastest rate.
Here is what the designers say about the lamp
“For a long time, lamps have been an electrical experience – the light being evidence of electrical current passed through a filament. But now modern lighting has become unrecognisable, no longer the subject of electricity, but of electronics. Printed circuit boards, micro-chips, diodes and interfaces are now the staple ingredients, giving us greater control, conserving energy and providing longer lifespans. This transformation is a chance to establish new possibilities for the meeting point between light and electronics.
This is not a story about gadgetry (regardless technical achievements), but rather an affirmation about how we live – that wherever light is supplied, power is often also required to charge our burgeoning electronic devices. Industrial Facility w152 is an electronic lamp that provides intelligent universal power from three USB outlets, detecting charging requirements and managing them at their fastest rate, however many variable devices are plugged in. It provides up to 3 Amps of power – enough to charge the latest generation of laptop computers. It can be supplied either as a freestanding or wall-mountable lamp, or built-in to a surface. The w152 illuminates and powers the office, the workshop, the library, the living room and the bedside table.” Sam Hecht & Kim Colin.
Features and technical information
Charge 3 USB devices at the fastest rate – Each USB socket can provide 3A, which allows fast-charging of all devices plugged in at the same time.
Power management and device detection – Detects what power is required to charge a device, and adjusts to ensure the fastest recommended charge.
Programmable micro switch – Click for on/off; hold down button to set brightness level; release for on/off brightness setting.
Energy efficiency – Uses energy efficient, high quality, warm white, LED illumination.
Ambient or Directable illumination – Two versions are available – an ambient lamp and a directable lamp.
360 degrees rotation – Can be rotated for glare control and light direction.
Forged and milled aluminium body – Made with durable, forged and milled aluminium. Tough, anodised finish available in black or natural aluminium.
USB Base – The USB Base can be used free-standing or wall-mounted.
Integrated version – Can be supplied as an integrated, built-in unit for desks, cabinets and tables.
Lamp specification – Light source: Energy-efficient, high quality, 6 W LED (included),Colour temperature: 2700 K, CRI: >90, Lumen: 550, Lumen/W: 88, LED Life-time: 50,000 h, Dimensions: L: 155 mm / W: 65 mm / H: 230mm, Weight: 2 Kg.
Partners Sam Hecht and Kim Colin formed London design office Industrial Facility to explore the junction between industrial design and the world around us. In its first thirteen years, it has emerged as one of the most progressive and creative design offices. Through their clear and resolute approach to design, familiar objects are investigated so that their potential for progress is revealed.
Areas of design have included furniture, electronics, consumer products, cultural institutions, transportation and clothing. Industrial Facility has received many design awards, including in 2014, its fifth iF Hannover Gold Award and the IDEA Gold Award. Sam Hecht is a Royal Designer for Industry and was nominated for the Prince Philip Designer‘s Prize in 2008.
Their work is included in the permanent collections of major museums including MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; State Museum of Applied Arts, Munich; The Design Museum, London; and The Art Institute, Chicago. In 2015, Hecht and Colin curate an exhibition entitled‚ Beauty as Unfinished Business’ for the Biennial International Design St-Étienne.
Wästberg launched its premier collection in 2008 and although this newcomer appears to have come out of nowhere – nothing could be further from the truth. Its founder, Magnus Wästberg, was born into the lighting trade and had through experience gained an understanding for the need to fuse aesthetic sensibility with Swedish engineering mentality.
Today Wästberg has a growing catalogue developed in close collaboration with some of the World’s most renowned architects and designers. Including David Chipperfield, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Ilse Crawford, Industrial Facility, James Irvine, Jonas Lindvall, Jean-Marie Massaud, Nendo, Inga Sempé, Maarten Van Severen and Dirk Winkel. Only with designers like them could Wästberg’s ideas be turned into successful products.
The lamps have been honoured with more than 50 awards for design excellence, including 9 Good Design Awards, 5 Reddot awards, Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, Elle Interior Design Prize, the Swedish Design Award, Wallpaper Design Award and Designs of the Year. Wästberg is based in Helsingborg, in the southernmost region of Sweden, Skåne.Designer: Wästberg & Industrial Facility