Doride lamp by Karim Rashid

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Designer Karim Rashid has designed a lamp inspired by a leaf blowing in the wind for Italian brand Artemide,

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The lamp is composed of an articulated, hydro-formed, metal stem attached to a moulded-steel base that houses the electronic ballast.

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The head of the lamp is able to rotate through 350 degrees and is equipped with thermoplastic louvers, resembling leaf veins, to minimise glare from the light source.

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Here are some words from Karim Rashid:

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I designed this concept when I was in university at the age of 19 so to see DORIDE finally realized is a dream come true thirty years later. I envisioned a leaf blowing in the wind, moving in nature, articulating at a point in the spine, with a thin articulating curvilinear branch that can rotate seamlessly 350 degrees. The slim narrow form morphs from direct to indirect light seamlessly. The leaf is a stroke of a pen, a soft vertical wave in flux, a fluid gesture that changes to vary light – a zoomorphic form that I would describe as digital nature.

The lamp is composed by a hydro-formed metal tube. Diffuser equipped with a light–shade antiglare louver made of thermo-plastic material. The base, made of molded steel, contain the electronic ballast. An articulation along the vertical development enables the lamp to rotate around 350°, in order to adjust the light emission (direct and indirect) and assuming different positions. Features a button switch along the stem for dimming the light

  • dankly

    Finally a real design.. has been a long time since the waste basket, karim. Design has come back to you after all these years of ‘Styling’

  • hayden

    Funny. The first thing i thought when I looked at the images was, ‘it looks like it was done by a uni student’ I get to the text and…..

    Karims what, nearly 50, and the best he can do is dig up an old sketch ?

    I guess it works with his design philosophy. All about the surface, and no depth.

    Still, love your outfits !

  • W

    And he’s still more successful than you.

  • X

    @W – Success doesn’t mean squat.

    For one of the few times, I have to say I like this design by Karim.

  • http://www.aemos.gr George Giannikopoulos

    It is hard to believe that this product is a Karim Rashid’s design.
    Especially the table lamp has all the qualities of a design classic.
    …probably it was a (secret) join project with Ross Lovegrove…

  • designgurunyc

    The table lamp is actually very good, and ten years from now we will all wish we had bought one. I am not usually a fan of Rashid, but for once he has understood restraint (especially with the table lamp) and the beauty therein . One question, when and where can I buy mine?

  • http://www.oliverkray.com fassadedesign

    even if my association with the design is different from karims idea of it, i find the lamp quite nice.

  • Hans

    Awww… i love it =)

  • http://www.stylight.co.il/ מנורות

    Beautiful design. Looks like there are ‘life’ within the lamps in the first image. Let me repeat the question of designgurunyc: when and where can I buy this lamp?

  • http://www.dosensport.com Dosensport

    Beatiful and very sexy!