Elegant, dramatic and animated, these varnished aluminum and polycarbonate pendants, conceived by the infinitely creative Bouroullec brothers, can be positioned in unlimited ways, their bulbous heads seemingly in conversation with one another. The fixtures come with nine-metre cords that enable them to be theatrically entangled or easily moved around a room – “like plants,” according to the designers. Available in black and white, the lamps are powered by a dimmable LED.
Designers: David O’Driscoll, with Nathan Moffat, Collingwood, Australia
Despite its unassuming aesthetic, DR700 is an exceptional bulb. It emits a warm white light at 720 lumens (the output of a 50‑watt halogen) but uses just 10 watts. It’s also compatible with AC transformers and dimmers, so it can replace halogens in commercial interiors, boosting overall energy efficiency. Perhaps the coolest detail is the thermal monitoring system, which automatically dims the bulb if it gets too hot, ensuring that it achieves its 70,000-hour lifespan. Free of mercury and lead, DR700 is made from completely recyclable components. We hope this Australian product will be lighting up North America in no time.