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Product Design
Published: 27 Oct 2014

Dutch Design Week 2014: Glowing Lanterns by Ontwerpduo

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Leona Lanterns by Ontwerpduo

Launched during last week's Dutch Design Week (18-26 October), the Leona Lanterns by Eindhoven-based Ontwerpduo continue to glow long after being turned off.

The cream paper lightshades are screen-printed with geometric designs in a special ink that absorbs the light, allowing it to produce an ambient blue glow when the light has been switched off. Just five minutes of being turned on can charge the shade with enough energy to glow for around eight hours, making it an excellent choice for a child's nightlight that is far more sophisticated than many conventional options. (For more on refined design for children, see Children's Homeware Comes of Age.)

Products that play with light for illusionary and ethereal effects provided key inspiration for our S/S 2016 Design Direction, Trace. Look particularly to the Material & Finish section that depicts how light is used as a material. For further inspiration see Colour Spectrum S/S 2015, Play of Light

Look out for more coverage from Dutch Design Week coming soon. In the meantime, see our other highlights from the event via the hashtag #stylusDDW14 on Instagram and Twitter.

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