Lights were portable long before the invention of the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison 1879. Think of candles, torches or flashlights. However, it is only with relatively recent ubiquity of LEDs that cordless lights have not only become safe, but more practical and user-friendly, due to increased battery life and less need for bulky energy sources.
This trend is embodied in Inma Bermúdez’s ‘FollowMe’ by Marset, a small, portable cordless light with a delicate, oak veneer handle that is suited to the inside as well as the outside. The small table lamp is made out of white polycarbonate and can be recharged using a USB cable. Another friendly design is Mika Tolvanen’s ‘Koho’ cordless light for FontanaArte, a small, ribbed polyethylene container with a colourful lid and rounded edges.
Designed by Valerio Bottin and Enzo Panzeri for Panzeri, ‘Potter’ is a large, smooth, pebble-like object made from translucent polyethylene, that not only glows in the dark, but also doubles as a stool. Antonio Norero’s playful ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ for Slide is a cordless light that has a silhouette of a traditional table lamp, even though it is a sculptural block made out of colourful plastic, creating a large degree of differentiation. Additionally, this design features a handle that allows for easy carrying.
Lastly, Stephanie Forsythe’s and Tod MacAllen’s ‘hobo lantern’ is a bag with integrated LED lamps, a cordless light that combines the tactile qualities of felt with gentle glow of energy efficient, LED lighting.