November 26, 2012

Goodbye Edison

The original incandescent light bulb as patented by Thomas Edison was a thing of beauty – obviously its function was game changing, but its form also stood the test of time.

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Sadly, with the change to CFL bulbs, we are losing the design of light that was created when Edison realized that a vacuum of glass would better allow his filament to burn brightly for any length of time longer than a few seconds.   Which is perhaps why I am so intrigued by the lighting designs of FX Balléry for the French company, Goodbye Edison.

Each light is beautifully constructed to allow the light that it emanates to be the focus – the form of the pieces taking up little space other than to either offer a frame to its surroundings or to complement the area with a minimilist design.

 

In lieu of hoarding all of the Edison style light bulbs the world has to offer, I would definitely consider these to be a much more beautiful, and practical, option.

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(all photos via Goodbye Edison)

One Response to “Goodbye Edison”

  1. Week 43 | design insight site Says:
    November 27th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    [...] For years the form of lighting has been held captive by the shape of the bulb. Now with LED options that is all being challenged…the ripple effect of innovation unlocking the shackles. Found at one of my favorite blogs by FLOR…Musings. [...]