Runaway lamp by
Nika Zupanc

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Milan 2013: Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc will present folding lamps powered by little wind-up keys at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan next week.

Runaway lamp by Nika Zupanc

Zupanc designed the Runaway lamp as limited-edition torch to give modern travellers off-grid illumination in an emergency.

Runaway lamp by Nika Zupanc

"This diminutive object breaks the rules of contemporary traveling, bringing back the romance of isolation," says Zupanc. "In its basic function, a portable lamp now becomes an enchanting companion but also a real saviour in the event of an electricity shortage."

Runaway lamp by Nika Zupanc

Winding the brass key powers a dynamo hidden inside the simple, vacuum-formed plastic shade to light recessed LEDs.

Runaway lamp by Nika Zupanc

A shallow indent in the shade and a telescopic stand allow the table lamp to fold into a flashlight or pendant. In its torch-state, the circular base becomes a metallic trim to the plastic shade. The glossy shade will be available in a choice of black or white.

Runaway lamp by Nika Zupanc

The project will be on show at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16 from 9 to 14 April.

Last year Zupanc presented a set of bubble-like outdoor furniture and lamps called Summertime at the same venue. See all our stories about work by Nika Zupanc.

Runaway lamp by Nika Zupanc

Other lamps launching in Milan next week include pendant lamps by Resident and some angular lamps that form part of Tom Dixon's Rough and Smooth collection. See all our previews of design at Milan 2013.