Now that spring has officially sprung, we’ve got a buffet of seasonal treats for you. We’re talking vibrant new colourways of iconic lighting products, including not just one but two lamps from seminal midcentury designer Verner Panton. With more and more restaurants pivoting to al fresco dining, we’ve also thrown in a number of portable, outdoor lanterns courtesy of Hay, Marset and more.
La Lampe Frechin by Jean-Louis Frechin for DCW Editions
Somewhere between a sculpture and a table lamp, this design from Jean-Louis Frechin looks just as beautiful off as it does on. A rippled, borosilicate glass tube is held aloft by an elegant metal framework, allowing La Lampe Frechin to be propped upright or tilted downward to provide task lighting. Using a touch switch in the black marble base, the light, which is manufactured by DCW éditions, can be set to three different intensities.
Bellhop Floor Lamp by Barber Osgerby for Flos
For this year, London design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby has reimagined its Bellhop table lamp from 2018 as a floor light for Flos. Its distinctive mushroom shape is elongated, contrasting a tall, aluminium stem with a petit glass top. The design subverts expectations by foregoing a proportional shade in favour of a more minimal silhouette, rendered in glossy white, red, black or green.
Panthella Table 320 by Verner Panton and Louis Poulsen
Few lighting designs have a silhouette as iconic and immediately recognisable as Verner Panton’s Panthella. Now, to mark its 50th anniversary, Louis Poulsen has released the light in a new medium size with a diameter of 32 centimetres. As was Panton’s original intention, both the white interior of the shade and its trumpet-shaped stand serve as reflectors, creating a soft indirect light. This effect is amplified through the addition of high lustre finishes in brass or silvery chrome.
Chispa by Joan Gaspar for Marset
Waterproof, portable and battery-powered, the Chispa light from Marset is suited to both outdoor environments and interiors with a more industrial feel. The versatile lamp can be set to three different brightness levels to suit different moods and can be carried like a torch, propped up as a table light or hung like a pendant using a metal hoop at the base. Its gridded polycarbonate frame comes in a range of dark, muted colours as well as a bright orange.
Kizu Table Lamp by Lars Tornøe for New Works
Norwegian designer Lars Tornøe, who set up his studio in the historic city of Stavanger, has unveiled a new version of the bestselling Kizu lamp. Originally rendered in classic black or white marble, the lamp’s oblong base is now available in a warm grey Gris du Marais. The stone’s light, delicate veining ties in with the bright white of the hemispherical shade and mirrors its soft light. Kizu, which is manufactured by New Works, is available in two sizes to suit both public and private settings.
Pantop ø23 by Verpan
Verpan has reintroduced the original, 23-centimetre version of the Pantop light, designed by its founder Verner Panton in 1980. The design with its hallmark bell-shaped shade is rendered in a palette of eight new shades, carefully curated for the different moods they create. Where mustard yellow is vibrant and energising, forest green has a grounding quality and ballet slipper pink creates a sense of serenity.
PC Portable Table Light by Pierre Charpin for Hay
Hay has released a selection of joyous new colour-block finishes for its classic PC Portable lamp by French designer Pierre Charpin. Cast in hardwearing plastic, the scratch- and water-resistant luminaire now comes with a bright, sky blue base and contrasting, terracotta-coloured top, as well as with a teal base and yellow top. A more nautical version combines red, blue and white for that seaside feeling.
In Vitro Unplugged by Philippe Starck for Flos
The In Vitro light by Flos is modelled on a traditional outdoor lantern, though no visible light source dangles inside of its handmade, borosilicate glass shade. Instead, a circular LED panel is integrated into the aluminium frame, emitting a warm, atmospheric glow. Created by Philippe Starck, one of the most prolific and well-known figures in contemporary design, the light comes in various formats including this mobile, battery-powered version with a top handle.
Luna Take Away by Oçilunam for In.es art design
As its name suggests, the Luna Take Away light from in-es.artdesign was designed to resemble a miniature, portable moon. The luminescent orb is made from a unique material called Nebulite, which sees fibres mixed with resin to create an irregular, crater-like surface. A contrasting metal handle, available in a rainbow of colours from magenta to turquoise, allows the rechargeable light to be carried around, creating a romantic, candlelit atmosphere on the go.
Type 75 Mini Table Lamp by Kenneth Grange for Anglepoise
Kenneth Grange – longtime design director of Anglepoise and the man behind iconic British designs like the Kenwood stand mixer and London’s updated black cab – has created a more compact version of his classic Type 75 light. Designed with smaller spaces in mind, the Mini features a greater range of movement and a broader colour palette including taupe and turmeric yellow. Unlike its forebearer, the lamp also has a large, ergonomic switch embedded into its cast-iron base.