If You Love the Whimsical, Squiggly, “Blobject” Home Trend, Then Don’t Miss This New Designer Collab with Karim Rashid
If you’re into wiggly shapes and squiggly forms, allow me to introduce you to the next iteration in biomorphic design shapes: the blobject. When an iconic industrial designer like the Egyptian-born and Canadian-bred Karim Rashid puts his spin on this whimsical trend (an aesthetic he’s been working in for years), you know the resulting products are still going to be elegant and enduring, and that’s exactly the case with his new Kobble collection of lighting in partnership with Gantri, a digital lighting manufacturer based out of California’s Bay Area.
Available in floor, table, and task lamp sizes as well as a wall sconce, Rashid’s Kobble collection references the well-known, instantly recognizable shape of cobblestones, which you can see in the lamps’ bulbous heads and bases. These smoothed, geologically-inspired forms are pleasing to the eye and will introduce soft, harmonious curves to any space you put them in, but there’s also that bit of mirthfulness to this range. With its arm set on a diagonal, the Task Light (shown above in Carbon Black) in particular seems to teeter in space, as though it might fall at any time… but, of course, it’s perfectly balanced.
Constructed of Gantri’s proprietary biodegradable corn-based polymers and outfitted with museum-grade LED bulbs and dimmer switches, all of the Kobble lights are made to order in Gantri’s factory. The Kobble Collection is available in Carbon Black as well as three new colorways: Blossom Pink (featured at the top of the story), Glossy Snow (white), and Sprout Green, the sprightly lime shown here. Prices for the collection start at $148.
If you love the look and feel of these lamps, I’d also suggest checking out Gantri’s other recent collaboration with Artifox that dropped earlier this month. Together these two brands created a streamlined, modern take on the mushroom lamp trend with the Artifox Table Lamp. So if you’re looking to go a little more funky with your lighting these days, Gantri’s latest introductions certainly won’t disappoint.