This interesting article by the people at Luceplan just arrived in my mailbox this morning, and since it fits so well with my other posts of the last few days, I’ll include the total content.
“Saving resources is a demand that cannot be put off. For companies that produce lighting fixtures it’s an important issue. It entails not only the use of energy saving bulbs but also the design of lamps that make effective use of all types of energy sources and the improvement of standard performance levels. Design also needs to focus on the use of recyclable parts; assembly has to be rationalized to reduce packaging to a minimum; highly efficient new sources of light need to be studied and new types of energy and formal languages need to be explored, without neglecting people’s need to be surrounded by beautiful yet practical objects that enhance the quality of life.
Luceplan has forever committed its efforts to developing innovative solutions to reduce environmental impact.
In 1999 Ross Lovegrove designed the outdoor lamp with photovoltaic cells ‘Solar Bud’.
Next year, Luceplan’s focus on the environment continued in cooperation with Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto. The duo -in advance of our times- introduced LEDs for domestic use by launching the lamp ‘Starled‘. In 2002, Luceplan funded a research project of two students on the use of natural light in internal spaces: the result was the lamp ‘Zeno’ by Diego Rossi and Raffaele Tedesco – a large luminous disk designed to mix multiple light sources, including sunlight. Technology improved and Luceplan continued to invest: in 2005, the duo Meda and Rizzatto returned their focus on LEDs to create ‘Mix’, a sophisticated and elegant reading lamp that was nominated by Legambiente for the Enviro-Friendly Innovation Award (Innovazione Amica dell’Ambiente). Two new eco-sustainable products were then launched at this year’s Salone del Mobile fair: the outdoor lighting system ‘Sky’ designed by Alfredo Häberli and the desk lamp ‘Berenice LED’ designed by Meda and Rizzatto. This latter creation was chosen for the architect Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building.”

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