Photos Courtesy of FoscariniMulti-functional home accessories are clearly becoming a thing of the future and Solar by Jean Marie Massaud certainly fits the bill. Doubling as a side table, the floor lamp was designed as a center for social interaction and strives to evoke emotion through its hemispherical shape.
Sold through Foscarini, Solar reexamines the standard lamp by giving off a relaxing ambient glow that, through the design, blends in with home décor as much as it does with nature. With two versions — outdoor and indoor — Solar is meant to eliminate the need of a side table with its contemporary hearth design.
Retailing for around $1,547, Solar features a "glossy white or dark wood for the indoor version, with a characteristic rusty and textured effect of the outdoor version." The diffusion of light depends on how you have the lamp angled, which creates many different effects and moods. If you tilt it 15 degrees one direction, light will shine the strongest from the greater area exposed. Massaud promises that even when tilted to such a degree, Solar will remain stable.
The body is made from hermetic polyethylene (which is supposedly unbreakable), with the indoor model featuring a slightly concave resting surface. The outdoor Solar features a completely flat surface, which was specifically designed so water would be able to roll off. While they look great within a home, I think they really shine when set outside. You could group them together to enhance a garden or even use them as a pathway of sorts.
Don't let the name fool you though because while the Solar lamp is cool, it's not actually solar powered — it plugs in with a cord and uses a compact fluorescent 1x25W E27 bulb.
Massaud graduated from ENSCI in 1990 and has been running a "quest for synthesis, reduction and lightness since his first intuitions." With experience in all areas of design, he founded Studio Massaud in 2000 and has been expanding his architectural expertise and brand development ever since.