Nan16 by Sebastian Herkner



Nan16 is a lamp with a power socket in the shade, designed by Sebastian Herkner.


The lamps and other electrical appliances can be connected in series; Herkner describes the product as "a lamp for the dining table to plug a toaster or raclette, as well as for your personal workplace to charge the notebook."


Nan16 is produced by Swiss manufacturers Nanoo.


Herkner exhibited the design last month as part of the exhibition Talent 08 at Designhuis in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. See more from Talent 08 in our previous story.


The following information is from Herkner:



Being manufactured through traditional metal compression process, the ceiling and floor lamps of the plug series have their secret and innovation in the lampshade. The idea behind the design is that the nearest source of electricity at any kind of table is the lamp at the ceiling over the table. The lamp plug seizes this idea and upgrades its conventional function with an additional feature.

A separate socket is attached to the lamp for any electric appliances with a bus bar to the middle of the bottom part of the lamp shade.

The lamp series plug is suitable for various lighting atmospheres and situations of both living and working. It can stand for a lamp for the dining table to plug a toaster or raclette, as well as for your personal workplace to charge the notebook.

Posted on Friday November 14th 2008 at 3:00 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Le’Slie Luk

    look at the last image……

  • Jonathan End

    …do they do anything to hide the cable?
    I’m imagining having a family dinner with foods on the dining table and I don’t think I like to see a cable hanging on the table like that..

  • iamreply

    hi. can we see the fastening system for the ceiling???

  • quik

    very interesting!
    quite a strange product, I wonder if it is actually useful to have a socket in the lamp hanging above the center of a table. maybe could more efficent in a table lamp..?
    nevertheless refreshing!

  • It’s interesting how this idea goes against the ‘wireless’ trend. Whereas some designers are creating products that declutter, this makes a feature of it. Whether it’s for you will be down to personal taste. It’s quite a utilitarian look, which can be quite sexy.

  • kev

    what’s the problem with the image ?

  • K. Rimane

    yeah right, lets use a mile of power cable for shades that don’t deserve it.
    ecology and simplicity doesn’t appear anywhere in this project.

  • michael

    even though ecology and simplicity are good things, the do not have to be featured in every contemporary project.

  • kasorp

    well said, michael!

    i think the design has some quirky charm, in a positive way…but is there anybody who has a power socket on the ceiling to use the lamp as a hanging light as seen on pictures 3 & 4?

  • cpcp

    last image – phone charger coming out of middle light – the last light in the chain….

    I love this idea, and as SpaceTM says, I think this utilitarian look could really work in the right environment!

  • Jose

    i actually think this is a very useful product. Think of all the times you sit by a table with your laptop, maybe even in the middle of the room, and have to strech the cable to the nearest wall. It would probably not be useful as a primary or permanent socket, but as a near alternative, it´s a great idea.
    I think Droog did a similar lamp almost ten years ago, but in porcelain, and with no shade; just bulb and socket.

    Good luck, and good work, Sebastian!

  • GP

    Erm, this is simply way way back to the future!

    This is how electricity started and how early appliances (like vacuum cleaners+) were originally sold/demonstrated – when many homes only had electricity in the form of lighting. Early products were as much designed to help sell power to the masses and further convince them they needed electricity in their homes… has everyone forgotten their design history?

    Trouble is that for a rather a long time now lighting circuits are designed to operate separately from ring mains (having lower power requirements) and plugging a toaster in would certainly trip the whole bloody lot out!

    Candlelit dinner anyone?

    Oh and whilst getting into the geek groove, then if appliances really are connected in series, as mentioned, then the voltage to each is halved for 2 products, a third for 3 appliances etc etc. Think about those old christmas tree lights with no transformer… one blows and the lot goes out… great!

    I blame those dull physics teachers at school for switching the kids off (scuze the pun).

  • kink

    The droog design is better and that is ten years old!

    I agree with some of the comments from the last reply.

  • I really don’t like the wires go everywhere