We're here in New York this week to attend the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (think CES for the furniture industry) and we got a special early preview of some new high efficiency, high design offerings from JOBY this morning. Primarily known for their GorillaPod tripods and lights, we admit we were surprised with the whole new design direction of this duo of new lighting options, the Trapeze and Obus. Both exhibit a noticeably different design language from the rest of the JOBY product line, thanks to the design vision of industrial designer, Peter Stathis...
The Trapeze LED Table Light: Utilizing an ultra-thin flat panel LED with a horizontal array of 102 LEDs inside, the light creates an extremely uniform output, free of glare (a perfect companion next to a computer display), dimmable down to 18 lumens, up to 380. Sipping just 8 watts when turned on and rated for up to 25 years of use, both the smaller 1-joint Trapeze and its larger 2-joint brother, work well as either task light or ambient living room lamp.
But as impressive as the specs and LED technology all are, it's really Peter Stathis' delicate joint-driven design which will sell these lamps. In person, the Trapeze are beautifully sculptural, almost like avian bones in appearance. It definitely doesn't look like the more utilitarian photography and lighting products offered by JOBY, which have always been more function over form. Here, we find a design where both form and function are nicely represented. The Trapeze will be available in 6 colours and for $300 for the smaller model, $350 for the larger table light.
Obus: Some of you might remember the Candela rechargeable lantern from a few years back; the Obus is a similar indoor/outdoor ambient light, but with the additional feature of a flashlight-mode when lifted from its charging base. A molded handle permits easy use as a bulbous flashlight, and in hand we were surprised how light it was due to the acrylic glass PMMA construction. The Obus isn't going to replace a dedicated flashlight , but the 3.2 watt LED is bright enough to light a dark path. Otherwise, in vertical lantern mode, the $250 Obis can light your next part for up to 25 hours.