Cosima Geyer’s 2014 Design Plus award winning ‘Optimist’ is a table lamp with an integrated clamp made of surprisingly thin bent wood.
“Optimist is a delicate clamp luminaire made of bent maple wood, which can be clamped to any table with a thickness ranging from 10 to 40 mm.” says the designer. “The clamp is made of a unique bending wood, which can be bent to extremes, thus creating the requisite tension without ever breaking.”
“The project focused on finding a delicate and innovative form to match the character of LEDs, and to express the respective possibilities. The luminaire is extremely thin, which is only possible through the use of LEDs (due to minimal heat absorbation, for the most part towards the back, and the small size of the LEDs). The back of the luminaire is made of aluminium, in order to enable swift heat absorbation, and thus longer-lasting LEDs.”
Optimist recently won the German Design Council’s ‘Best of’ Design Plus powered by Light+Building 2014.