Boutique brands and designers have been toying with LED lamps for a while, thanks to their energy efficiency and the opportunity for slimmer form factors. But these new lamps from Philippe Starck combine an eleganct form design with multi-functionality, adding a USB port so your lamp isn't just something to turn on, but also something to plug into...
Philppe Starck collaborated with Eugene Quitllet for Flos. Both lamps incorporate a technological element, rendering them useful in a variety of situations, especially a home office, but also suitable and stylish for a living room.
Bibliotheque Nationale (national library) is a lamp that has small shelves for books, magazines and newspapers. The shelves allow for a perfect spot to lay down your tablet and/or smartphone and charge up using the nearby USB port.
The Net Lamp doubles as an iPad or iPhone dock. The lamp includes a docking connector on the top of the LED light fixture. There's a small vertical stand that props up your device. Since your mobile device is docked, it will also get a recharge. Another detail of note: since your gadget will be propped up, you won't have any extra cables cluttering your workstation. This could also transform your tablet into an extra workstation when combined with a Bluetooth keyboard. The main benefit of this lamp is that your device isn't in the direct light, it's on top of it, making it useful when you're taking notes or writing things down.
Flos also makes another lamp we're fond of, the Kelvin LED lamp. At $396 it's not a budget option, but it's practically the ultimate task light. Designed by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, the articulated arm houses powerful LEDs for a bright and white light.
Finally, let's just note the awesome minimalism of the LIM C LED Table Lamp. It's ultra-slim and barely there design makes it a highly desirable option for those who subscribe to minimalist tendencies. Designed by San Francisco-based Pable Pardo, the $250 desk light hides an array of high-powered LEDs.