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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Who's teaming up with Louis Vuitton??

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the duo who designed the London 2012 Olympic torch, have collaborated with Louis Vuitton to create a unique, eco-friendly bell lamp suitable for the most fashionable of travellers.

Award-winning industrial designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, better known as BarberOsgerby, are one of 11 design studios to have fashioned one-off pieces for the storied French fashion house's Objets Nomades collection. The collection consists of 16 contemporary interiors objects that could also be taken travelling by their stylish owner.

The Olympic torch creators chose to reimagine a classic bell lamp, forming it of Venetian Murano glass and giving it the ability to recharge by sunlight. Their method, they say, was "reductive, hence the simplicity of form."

"We began with the idea, then the function," Edward Barber said. "First came an exploration of the technological possibilities to ensure that the lamp was both portable and sustainable. Ease of carriage and the way the lamp's solar and lighting technology work informed the shape."

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