Now that Incandescent Lamps are “Effectively” gone, will OLEDs shine?

From Metropolis Magazine


Jamie Hankin/courtesy Blackbody

The I.Rain fixture, designed by Thierry Gaugain, descends from the ceiling of the new Blackbody showroom in New York, the first OLED store in the world. The company’s founders, Bruno Dussert-Vidalet and Alessandro Dolcetta, put together a team of 13 engineers and researchers devoted to advancing OLED technology.

“How have we always thought about a light fixture?” asks Peter Ngai, vice president of research and development at Acuity Brands Lighting. “You make something hot and bright, and you put it on the ceiling. When we screw in a light bulb, the first thing we do is find a shade. Why? You have to diffuse the light, and maybe you have to figure out how to get rid of the extra heat.”

Ngai says that somewhat primitive approach could soon change radically. The reason? Organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs: Think of them as a two-dimensional light surface, rather than a directional light source. OLEDs emit light from a layer of electroluminescent material that is just a few nanometers thick (200 times smaller than a human hair). Unlike the classic hot, bright ceiling fixtures of the past, they discharge light already diffuse and low-heat. This allows them to be flat, lightweight, and flexible; and, depending on the top layer and substrate material, they can also be transparent. “Instead of a point source, it’s an area source,” says Ngai, who runs the Acuity Lab in Berkeley, California. “It emits light over a large surface—say, two by two inches, or eight by eight inches.” Taken together, all these properties have profound implications for architectural lighting.

OLEDs aren’t new. They were developed in 1978 at the Eastman Kodak Company, based on a phenomenon called electroluminescence, which was discovered in the 1950s. (LEDs are based on slightly older research; the first LED was created in Russia in 1927.) OLEDs create light by applying voltage to an organic (carbon-containing) compound sandwiched between a substrate and a transparent top layer. So, why is this technology poised to break out now? First of all, manufacturing techniques are improving, making cost-effectiveness an attainable goal. Thinner and more flexible substrates recently have been developed. A technique called thin-film encapsulation will further reduce thickness, allowing for lowered manufacturing costs and greater flexibility. Transparent electrode materials could make it possible for OLED tiles to serve as both windows and light fixtures. And with their diffused illumination, they’re also suitable for larger areas. The result is a new type of flat light source that’s fundamentally different from anything before it. read more…


Tri Tone Kitchen Has Style


Tri Tone Kitchen

This simple and classic Elkay-Design-Craft kitchen caught my eye this morning curtesy of Kitchen & Bath Business. While I’m known for my very modern designs, the combination of cool and serene colors with the delicate cabinet embellishments made me take a second look. As KB&B stated, “The Barcelona features clean, simple lines, while the Valencia has a solid-wood raised center panel and bridges the gap between transitional and traditional design.” I would love to specify these Barcelona & Valencia cabinets for a custom kitchen project.

London Retail Therapy: Sensual and Feminine


Designer Christopher Jenner designed this sensual and feminine perfumery for Penhaligon. Bordering the Mayfair district, this Regent Street shoppe is almost 100% bespoke. The designer chose bold fuchsia and cool mint as his dominant colors. To this he added warm walnut floors and white millwork. I am especially drawn to the padded walls and glass ceiling. Ooo la la!

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Art Hanging – Arakawa Hanging Systems

If you’ve got a plethora of art that you’d like to group (salon style) together and you cannot measure or nail straight (like me) you have two choices; hire a professional picture/art hanger (do a google search, you’ll find one or two in your town–your art gallery or framer can recommend someone, too), or you can use one of these handy systems from Arakawa.

In addition to wall-mounting art, the company also offers ceiling mounting and they even have a product designed for Cathedral or shed roofs.

So says the company’s website:

“Arakawa rails make hanging artwork a snap. Wall rails such as our CRE and CRJ are the most common choices, and all you need is the rail clip, cable and hook (or other midway gripper) and you are ready to hang your art. Our products are designed to be minimal and unobtrusive, so that you can show off your artwork, not the hardware that hangs it.”

In this installation, the home owners used the CRB1800-a ceiling and floor railing to hang their eclectic art collection salon style.  The cables, BS1R rail clip and BS23BRSET rail tensioner go unnoticed and the artwork remains the primary focus.

According to my discussions with the company, something like this would cost about $800 in materials (based on a 10′ ceiling) plus, you guessed it, installation. But hey, since most of your work is done for you, all you need to do is attach art clips to the back of your pictures and then fasten these to the cables…easy peesy lemon squeezy, as we say in the industry!

Art Hanging – Arakawa Hanging Systems.

Enrico Rootworks Flat Cut Bowl | AllModern


While I love  the natural-ness of this bowl, be careful. If you live in a dry climate, like me in Arizona, this bowl will split. I just found a six inch long split that wasn’t there when I got it as a gift 5 years ago. Nevertheless, these are gorgeous and price just right!

Enrico Rootworks Flat Cut Bowl | AllModern.