B30° / B35° Lamps
Studio-ory Tuesday 04 Mar 2014

Studio-ory members Jin Sik Kim and Yu Hun Kim's collaboration project ‘B30° / B35°' begins with a curiosity about essential characteristics of materials. "Our design direction is to ultimately reveal the essence of material: the gravity, mass and balance." When these elements are harmonised in balance, familiar and ordinary things have inspired the Korean designers in a new way. B (Balance) lamp series suggests various positions of light to users depending on a space and use. The bottoms of polygon shaped bases, made of concrete, have certain angles (30° / 35°) to create the right balance in different positions of the lamp.  The angles were adjusted in balance on the basis of the weight of material, creating stable form and proportion. Additionally, B35° Lamp can be displayed for various moods in a space, with modular arrangements such as circular or bridge layout.

The collection of B lamp series is made of the most fundamental materials in modern architecture: concrete and wood. The B lamp series creates a harmonious atmosphere with light in diverse interior spaces and the essential properties of materials are translated into a new language of function.       

During the making process, different thickness and forms have been tested to find the best proportion of concrete mixture for the proper strength using high performance raw concrete. For the colour variations, three different colour pigments: red, yellow and black were mixed with concrete mortar in various proportions. By adding colours into these concrete collections, the material holds its original texture and weight, but the industrial mood changes to warm and bright elements for indoor use.

The texture of wood grain is naturally occurred during the making process. The solid concrete form comes out of the fluid condition retaining the texture of the wooden mould, giving a more natural quality to the concrete collections.