Electric current is often perceived as something frightening, but what would it be like if low voltage would be the new normal? Would we still be afraid to touch it? How can we implement electric components as part of the design, instead of hiding them? These are just some of the questions that VANTOT used as a guiding light while designing their new collection Current Currents.

 

VANTOT based their collection on the idea that electric current is a fundamental part of our home interiors and appliances. It is often perceived as dangerous and, therefore, carefully tucked away into small boxes or thick, isolated cables. VANTOT takes a different approach by designing innovative, low voltage lighting objects that step away from the traditional concept of a lamp and a power cord. Instead, they design objects that and are fully conductive while safe to touch. Contemporary technologies, such as LED, are an important part of their design vision.

 

 

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design: Esther Jongsma & Sam van Gurp

year: 2017

text: Julie Trienekens

photo: Ronald Smits


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While it opens up a world of design opportunities, LED requires a different approach than conventional lighting. Compared to traditional fixtures, the focused and dense light of LED calls for multiple light sources instead of one. Current Currents challenges the idea of traditional lighting and rediscovers the role of light in our interior.

To find out more about Current Currents and VANTOT’s other collections - Polar play, Limpid lights and Passage -, visit the expo at Salone del Mobile 2017.