Bookmark lamp by Léonard Kadid


Bookmark lamp by Leonard Kadid

This lightweight lamp by French designer Léonard Kadid uses a book as a base.

Bookmark lamp by Leonard Kadid

Called Bookmark lamp, the object is made of a single piece of plywood, bent in two places.

Bookmark lamp by Leonard Kadid

Kadid has also designed a table inspired by molecular structures, with wooden poles branching out from the centre to form legs and supporting arms for the table surface, which is made of steel.

Bookmark lamp by Leonard Kadid

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Bookmark lamp by Leonard Kadid

Here's some more information from the designer:

BOOKMARK LAMP - The bookmark lamp is a table lamp which use another book as a base. Baseless means material saving.

Bookmark lamp by Leonard Kadid

MOLECULE TABLE - Inspired from the Newman’s space molecule representation, the table is the result of a structural study about minimum, stability and nature optimum.

Bookmark lamp by Leonard Kadid

See also:


Drawing Lamp by
Thomas Feichtner
Zorro by
Stephanie Knust
Otto by Paolo Cappello for Miniforms

Posted on Monday January 3rd 2011 at 3:00 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • felix

    lamp is amazing. can you adjust it? two of the photos look like it's at different angles. hopefully it's reasonably durable and provides enough light to read by. it's a shame designers won't address these simple kinds of questions in their press releases

  • Marc Lavoine

    This guy is so cool, he is a design rebel.

    • tob

      Tim, is it you?

  • ste

    2 very nice projects… i like the lamp a lot because of the concept! most people who like reading have more then one book… so why not use a book as part of the lamp? but theres still one small detail which makes me think… it you use the lamp as a bookmark then you want to use the book you actually read (older books dont need bookmarks right?) and you only need light when you actually are reading… so what to do? switch books?

    • Marc Lavoine

      you stop reading. if you're such a good rebel designer you don't need more reading

    • Simply, the lamp is entitled "Bookmark" because of it's slim structure, weightlessness and the way it requires a book as a base structure to support itself. No, I don't think he's asking you to literally use it as a bookmark in the book you are currently reading because that means it would require an additional base of some kind when your book is in hand. And that would diminish the design's simple structure and purity of form. I'm sure he's asking to you to use the product in a secondary book; the extra book you have on your desk or table top that has a cover that you enjoy seeing, for example. The fact that it needs a book to help support itself upright is poetry and well conceptualized. I hope the design makes it to market.

    • felix

      yeah i think you switch books or use a book you're not currently reading

  • and when I grab the book to read it the lamp collapses?

    • Marc Lavoine

      no, it flies, that's such a rebel design

  • Nat

    This can only be our Léo. :) We love it.
    Miss you tones.
    Your 345 Team.

  • leonard

    about the bookmark lamp,

    The real concept of this lamp is to delete the common and -useless- base usually needed to stabilize a table lamp. (what is really needed to light a book, if you consider every object potentially having "base abilities"?)
    Because of its "noweight" any book you could find on your table (you need to have 2 books minimum :) ) would be an enough load to stabilize the lamp (even magazines).
    Nevertheless as "ste" noticed you can "switch books", with one you would have already read (abandoned somewhere in your bookshelf), and then mark your page. So it could also be called "switch books lamp", but I still prefer "bookmark lamp" for an easiest understanding :)
    The other aim of this lamp was to let people thinking about what is really a piece of wood (plywood actually) and how while saving it we can develop infinite possibilities.
    hope I did answer rightly to you

    • leonard

      I badly expressed myself,
      The real concept of this lamp was not to delete the base, it does have one.
      It was to propose a product without base, to save material and to let people choosing their own (a book they would have already read with a cover they like).
      I wrote "to delete the common and -useless- base" implying "useless in the function of lighting a book". The purity of the shape is made to express the essential.
      About the book to use, it is a secondary book, used as a base.

  • OK – I'm trying to get my head round this: a SERIOUS(!) discussion on what book to use for this product (an 'active' or 'passive' one); the suggestion that a lamp's base is a 'useless' component as opposed to an integral part of a table lamp's structure… either I'm losing it or the world's gone mad. How much cleverer I wonder to consider the stabilising part of a table or desk lamp as part of the overall design but to do so in such a minimalist way as to almost 'disguise' its function while using minimal materials? And do I really want, when setting up the lamp or moving it to another place, to be bothered about finding a volume of suitable weight and dimensions to do a job that I would have thought should have been a built-in function of the object in question in the first place? This is a QA item a step too far but then I'm just an old reactionary who's too steeped in practicalities to appreciate such whimsy…

    • Julie

      Fizz, I don't deny the practicality or usefulness of an ordinary lamp's base, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for whimsical, poetic statements like this one. Nice job, Leonard.

  • Timian

    @ leonard:

    "The real concept of this lamp is to delete the common and -useless- base usually needed to stabilize a table lamp."

    With all due respect, that's a pretty silly sentiment. How useless can the base be when the owner of this lamp has to provide their own? This lamp hasn't obviated the need for a base, it's only deferred responsibility on who provides it.

    Carrying this design theme even further, if we're to randomly declare functional components redundant, why not design a lamp with no light output? We could design a stand with a flat pedestal on the top where the eventual owner could place one of their own repurposed lamps to serve as the light source. Design rebellion!

  • EvK

    It's good.

    absolute formal and material minimalism (+wood=good).
    the lamp is a reading light (so, it needs books).
    everybody has more than one book (with nice covers).

    big up.