Living-Tools
by Yi-Cong Lu

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DMY Berlin: Leipzig designer Yi-Cong Lu presented a collection of furniture and lighting designed to completely reconfigure a living space at DMY Berlin earlier this month.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

In this movie filmed by Robert Andriessen of Designguide.tv, Yi-Cong Lu explains the project and demonstrates each piece in the series.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

Called Living-Tools, the collection includes a collapsible lamp, a wall-mounted desk that can be twisted and hung as a wardrobe or stand as a room divider, and a set of pivoting curtain rails to quickly change the way a room is split.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

Yi-Cong Lu was one of three winners of the DMY awards.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

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Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

The information below is from Yi-Cong Lu:


LIVING-TOOLS

 

Today´s lifestyles are highly varied and individual.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

They consistently test the limits of conventional architecture.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

In particular static layouts and their resulting space utilisation scenarios are proven to be not flexible enough.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

A living room can be a temporary office and in the next moment serve as impromptu sleeping quarters.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

For such situations Yi-Cong Lu has designed his series of “Living-tools”, with which one can individually adjust living spaces.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

LIGHTBOY- a lamp that can be quickly and easily placed wherever there is a lack of light; FADE a flexible multi-section curtain partition, that helps divide the room with ease; PANEL which, depending on how it's turned, can be used as a partition, table or roof.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

LIGHTBOY is always at hand when there is need of a light.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

Hanging or leaning against the wall like a broom, or alternately standing alone, it can be conveniently placed anywhere.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

The adjustable lamp shade illuminates the room in the most diverse ways.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

PANEL is a multi-purpose, mobile object.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

Depending on its orientation - standing, lying or hanging - it becomes a partition, a table, or a roof.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

With each new position and function, its appearance and meaning within the room changes.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

With FADE, a curtain partition made of moveable bars, it is possible to subdivide living and working spaces into variant constellations.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

With only a couple movements, one can create a protected working space or a separate sleeping berth for guests.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

  • Andrew Owl

    If you want a "designer" lamp just add a colored cotton flex.

  • kris adams

    Some really nice ideas in this project… Not sure about the hanging of clothes aspect of it though?

    The functionality of a very deep tall shelf seems a little lost too?

  • jeff K

    This is thoughtful and interesting work, particularly after watching the video explanation. Nice!!

  • douglas montgomery

    Lamp looks a bit of a contraption. But the notice board/clothes hanger/desk is superb

    • Sandy Sober

      I agree completely! Flexible, functional pieces that can be use for different purposes and shape the space in different ways . . . something I've been looking for use in my studio for quite a while.

      And Aste (whose comment is below), it stands to reason that you would be allowed to purchase more than one of any given piece. If it were available today, I'd buy at least 3 lamps and 2 panels.

      Great job, Yi-Cong Lu!

  • aste

    what if i want to write a letter and keep my clothes hanging in the same time?

  • http://calenknauf.com calen knauf

    very clever andrew owl, so what your saying is that when designing lamps one should ignor the power cable and just stick to the same old ugly boring ass cord that has been on every other lamp since candles? I like your attitude. progress is lame.