FLOS Collections from Ronan Bouroullec and Phillippe Malouin


Of the eight lighting designs revealed by famend Italian lighting producer Flos for Milan Design Week 2023 at Euroluce, two share an analogous strategy to illumination in each kind and performance: Philippe Malouin’s playful, adjustable desk lamp attracts inspiration from a basic French toy, whereas Ronan Bouroullec’s trio of lamps emphasize the designer’s ongoing affinity for using ceramics to attract connections between manufactured varieties and a cloth related to the organically handcrafted.

Malouin might have tapped reminiscences of yesterday’s plaything, however he notes the sunshine was conceived to enchantment and serve the existence of Millennials and Gen Z.

Bilboquet is an adjustable desk lamp dropped at life by London-based designer Philippe Malouin, his first effort for the model. The design is reasonably easy, however efficient in its execution. You could keep in mind enjoying with a bilboquet as a baby. Composed of a perforated picket ball tied with a string to the center of a stick that was pointed at one finish and outfitted with a concave plate on the different, the problem was to toss the ball upwards to aim to catch it into the saucer or exactly reseat it into the stick.

Tomato red-orange Bilboquet table lamp aimed upward with light on.

Every of the primary parts of the Bilboquet desk lamp could be disassembled if in want of restore, alternative, or disposal of separate components, together with a retrofit bulb.

Malouin’s design retains the playful nature of its eponymous inspiration. Constructed round two-colored cylinders linked by a magnetic sphere, the articulating kind permits the bulb-tipped cylinder to rotate and direct the sunshine the place wanted. This adjustable design means the Bilboquet can operate as desk lamp, activity gentle, or aimed towards a wall for oblique temper illumination.

The Bilboquet will turn out to be out there autumn 2023 from Flos in choices of sage, tomato, and linen.

Portrait photo of Philippe Malouin in black denim jacket standing near wall outdoors.

“Easy in look however stuffed with persona, Bilboquet is an adjustable desk lamp that means that you can direct gentle in a playful but exact method.” – Philippe Malouin

Three Ceramique lamps on table in Rust Red, Navy Blue, and Moss Green.

Three sections are mixed right into a ceramic physique and diffuser, that includes a lead-free crystalline lacquered end that highlights the handcrafted ceramic floor.

In comparable, however distinctly in its personal style, the Céramique assortment for Flos designed by Ronan Bouroullec is also a highlight of kind, minus the adjustable performance of the aforementioned Bilboquet – that means, every of the three designs share the identical base, stem, and a cap with ceramic physique and diffuser, however every model’s cap is ready to a particular non-adjustable angle: downward, ahead, and upward. This illuminating trilogy is described to unite “the three family members, making them the protagonists of a single story.”

three ceramic lamps lined up at an angle in three colors

“I really like ceramics, flames licking the earth and enamel flowing over to envelop the shape,” says Bouroullec. “Ceramics are about need, sensuality. I feel that my work is more and more transferring on this route; producing objects which might be useful, actually, however on the lookout for a type of class, of delight.”

Angled view of single ceramic lamp on table in rust color

angled back view of blue ceramic lamp

closeup of green ceramic lamp

Ronan Bouroullec in his Parisian studio at his table sketching.

Ronan Bouroullec Photograph: Marion Berrin

Céramique might be out there from Flos in Moss Inexperienced, Navy Blue, and Rust Pink, and features a replaceable LED bulb.

Gregory Han is the Managing Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, mountaineering, tide swimming pools, and highway journeys, a number of his adventures and musings could be discovered at gregoryhan.com.

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