Ever drawing influence from contemporary culture, Flos Lighting are giving back with a new lighting design created for London’s Design Museum in the former Commonwealth Institute building on High Street Kensington.
Created in partnership with Universal Design Studio founders Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the Bellhop sit on the tables of London Design Museum’s Parabola restaurant and members lounge. Made using Flos’ innovative Edge Lighting technology, the lamp provides a comfortable, low glare illumination.
Inspired by the archetypal hatted hotel porter – as portrayed in such recent cultural texts as The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – the Bellhop pays homage to this character with its characteristic and curvaceous bell shape.
The Bellhop lamp sits at the cutting edge of technology, created with portability in mind. The cordless design offers six hours of battery life (when used at full power), and has a USB charger that fully recharges the product within three hours.
As well as this unique design, Flos have supplied Parabola with a selection of their already iconic lights from their Home Collection. This includes the Castiglioni brothers designed Taccia Small, alongside Jasper Morrison’s Mini Glo-Ball. A selection of Flos lights can also be found for sale in the museum shop.
The addition of both unique and already popular Flos designs to London’s Design Museum is a match of the most successful kind. “The Design Museum is delighted to be working with Flos who have created an elegant lighting scheme for the museum’s restaurant and members lounge,” Deputy Director Alice Black comments. “Flos have a tradition of working with the best designers to create lights that complement and enhance their surroundings. The lights that we have chosen for the restaurant create a subtle atmosphere that do exactly that.”