Young Mexican-born, Barcelona-based designer Christian Vivanco has recently developed this lamp - an exercise that reflects his intense research about our interaction with an object and where it's configuration answers to an invitation to touch, experiment and play.
Called 'Rem' (which means 'brake' in Dutch) it's based on components used in bicycles but actually, this wasn't the starting point for the development of the product; the real beginning emerged trying to find a pretext for the binding of two functional items that had never faced each other before,
"It is two systems that work without any problems in their environment and were able to carry a fluid conversation within this new space. The handle used on bicycles since its inception came to my mind as a classic example of a component that works; without going beyond functionality, and stayed in people´s memory like an iconic and silent element.
The classic cylindrical shade used for standing lamps was the perfect canvas to express this new interaction. So many details, such as dimensions, diameters, textures and materials used in the existing elements promote a faster and easier interpretation, where the user can read the object in a straightforward way, without deception or possible misinterpretations. At the end of the exercise we found a balanced outcome where the lamp remains as a lamp without a change in silhouette, user-centered and focused to generate emotions."
And M.E. likes the result. Two iconic objects melded into one have made for a great lighting design that is as playful as it is functional.