An interesting product by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] featured at the Milano Fair earlier this month.

Their lamp, EVOLUTION, went on display at Handmade during the fair.

Photo: Tommy Voeten, 1212-Studio

The product was inspired by the growth in plants. It was designed to emulate the structural principles of nature such as cells and leaves in order to be more efficient - lighter, stronger, and ‘ultimately more beautiful’.

The company was chosen by Wallpaper magazine to create a light in collaboration with Philips.

Chris Bosse, Asia Pacific Director of LAVA says: “The challenge was to re-imagine an object that everybody knows, to break up preconceived ideas. The playful reinterpretation of a sculptural table lamp resembles a plant rather than a desk light.”

Rogier van der Heide, Chief Design Officer at Philips Lighting, comments: “With the EVOLUTION desk light, Chris Bosse of LAVA has created a new design language in luminaire design.

“The desk light is also a great representation of Philips’ people-focused approach to lighting: a friendly product, based on a humanistic design concept while delivering state of the art LED technology, all of this in a very attractive way.

“The design posed many technical challenges such as thermal management and a complex double curved shape - however, close collaboration between LAVA and Philips has ensured that the EVOLUTION lamp exceeded our expectations in terms of design and engineering.”

The Handmade show at the Brioni Palazzo celebrated collaboration with leading international designers, manufacturers and craftsmen creating a unique collection - cape suits, jet seats, bottled books, a very modern makeup kit, a pop-up barbers shop and a lunch box.