Contemporary Light by Samuel Wilkinson

BEEM presents Smile and Curli, a new brand family of LED lamps

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Contemporary Light by Samuel Wilkinson
01/08/2019 - Graphic, contemporary and unlike anything else on the world’s ceilings, BEEM is a new brand family of LED lamps from award-winning product and industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson.
 
Wilkinson has an impressive track record in game-changing lighting, having given the world’s first designer low-energy bulb the Plumen 001 with Hulger in 2010, and creating crystal-festooned streetlamp sculpture and Shoreditch landmark The Ommatidium with neuroscientist Beau Lotto in 2015. Now, he’s collaborating with LED-lighting specialists Chris Stimson and Bujar Shkodra (founders of well-lit), to start another lighting revolution.
Smile

Smile

Recent advances in LED-bulb technology have opened up new possibilities in design. Previously, energy-efficient bulb concepts such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) imposed restrictions on the forms available and limited possibilities of creative expression. Now, LED tech has opened up nearendless opportunities for designers to explore hitherto-impossible forms – BEEM is launching at a watershed moment in lighting design.
 
Two years after their first meeting in a Shoreditch coffee shop, the trio have finalised the first two product ranges, and plan to introduce more in the coming years. The debut lamps – SMILE and CURLI – take advantage of the latest soft-filament LED technology, (allowing them to emit bright, warm light for up to 30 years, using minimal energy in the process), expressed through Samuel Wilkinson’s characteristic fluid modern forms, hand-made craftsmanship and devotion to detail.
Smile

Smile

SMILE is a distinct, graphic and modern glass bar of light fitted with a flexible filament attached to a ceramic base. Three shapes are available: a straight line, a U shape and a smile-like upward curve.
Curli

Curli

CURLI is a swirl of light that takes its formal inspiration from the calligraphic flourish off the curlicue to create a continuous asymmetric coil that twists up and around the bulb holder.
 
Both lamps are designed to be featured either in isolation or configured in groups – thanks to an innovative rotating mechanism hidden inside, the lamps can be easily adjusted to line up with surrounding bulbs. SMILE and CURLI work equally well in the home or in commercial spaces such as bars and cafés.
 
In a market dominated by retro-chic and vintage industrial aesthetic, Wilkinson and his collaborators identified a clear space for designs that looked to the future rather than the past, and which offered a distinct, characterful alternative to nostalgic look of most lighting products.
Curli

Curli

We consciously set out to make contemporary forms. The bulb market is saturated with retro styling – it’s good to create something different. We realised that nearly all bulbs went downwards and appeared to flow out from the from the bulb holder. Our initial reaction was to make forms that do the opposite – why not go upward and visually separate the parts? A light becomes a sculpture in the air – why do want to look at the lump of the bulb holder above it? Why not either hide it with the bulb, as in CURLI, or make it a key part of the design’s visual balance, as with the SMILE range?
 
SMILE, CURLI and the forthcoming BEEM product ranges all take this modern-minded aesthetic approach, blending the latest developments in the rapidly developing world of LED lighting technology with super-contemporary styling. More than any other brand, BEEM is rooted in the here and now.
 
All made by hand from the highest-quality components available today, BEEM lamps are manufactured to maximise sustainability and engineered for longevity. Once they’re installed, you can expect them to continue lighting up the room for decades to come.
 
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Smile

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Curli

Curli

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