A Light and Suspended Lampshade: the New Lodes Collection

The Hover lamps series by YOY Studio creates the illusion that the light source floats in the air, like a balloon

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22/09/2022 - A light and apparently suspended lamp shade: this is the concept of the new Hover lamps collection by Lodes designed by the Japanese YOY Studio.
The Hover table and floor lamps feature a lamp shade that looks as if it is detached from the base, connected seamlessly by a single cable that runs through the stem and comes out of the other end. The end result creates an illusion that the light source is almost weightless and floating in the air, like a balloon.
YOY comments: “The Hover series includes a table lamp and floor lamp where the lampshades appear to be magically hovering in the air. A part of the electric cord is actually made of a metal pipe that joins the shade and the pole, creating the illusion that the shade is floating. The lamps have been designed with the theme of fictionality – we design products in the same way as writing a novel. In a novel, reality is within fiction. On the contrary, what we do is to bring fiction within reality.”
Lodes’ contribution during the design process was to make the technical development possible; the cable runs through the inside of the stem and then emerges from it, ensuring a continuity that gently supports the shade.
Hover lamps collection features a dimmer controlled by a power switch on the upper end of the stem, users can simply touch the top of the stem to modulate the intensity of the light. All typically external technical functions have been carefully incorporated within the lamp’s internal structure. Additionally, the power supply comes in the form of a USB cable.
The shade comprises a sheet made from a special compound of paper and polymer film, further emphasising the lightness of the design language while extending its durability. The sheet is laid out in especially flat designed packaging to avoid excess waste, allowing for the lowest possible environmental footprint. The shade can then be easily assembled by the customer thanks to a plastic film that allows the two ends to be joined together.
Available as a table or floor lamp, Hover is available as a table lamp at 51.5cm tall or a floor lamp at 149.2cm. The series suits different uses such as on a desk, side table or next to a sofa. The floor lamp could also be used for public spaces including an airport lounge, a hotel room or lobby.
Hover is completed in a matte white finish over the whole lamp, offering a minimalistic touch that complements several environments or moods. With its re-interpretation of a lighting archetype, Hover represents another step in Lodes’ ongoing exploration of the relationship between lighting, space and the ways in which the individual interacts with these elements.


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