Naica is an update on the traditional carbide coal miner’s lantern, by designers Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Ligne Roset.

The fixture itself is shaped a bit like a cavern, with ambient LEDs emitting a gentle glow from the open rectangular facade.

It actually looks like a nice spot to put tchotchkes you want to spotlight at home--I could see this looking nice on a mantle with a few little treasures perched inside.

The fabric-covered cord up top allows for easy portability.

Ceramic provided the right texture to both absorb and project illumination.

A moodier red interior is also available.

The ambient glow would be perfect to add a bit of not-too-sharp brightness to a room.

Just nab the top-knot to move Naica around.

Yoink!

The red definitely gives off a sexier vibe--a little nice versus naughty in the lighting department.

Sketches for the design.

An evolution of the design.

Front and side views.

The designers, Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri.

A Modern, Handy Take On The Coal Miner's Lamp

Naica’s warm glow and clever carrying loop were inspired by the simplicity of carbide work lanterns.

London- and Verona-based Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri of Something have been exploring the properties of indirect light and light diffusion for some time; Naica, a new collaboration with Ligne Roset, is a culmination of their work. The lamp is inspired by miners’ carbide lanterns, which typically used a concave reflector around a flame to cast illumination; here, however, electricity and LEDs replace acetylene gas, and living rooms become a stand-in for pitch-black subterranean hollows. The modernized, cavern-like shape of the fixture achieves the “soft and relaxing” mood the two were after--one that doesn’t shine so much as glow within the white or red cavity. “We wanted to recreate a friendly atmosphere,” Debiasi tells Co.Design. “Something that would inspire a bit of calm and favor positive feelings.”

They carried out extensive tests with cardboard models, but used ceramics for the final result. “It is a millennial material whose method of production, while fascinating and quite complex, has not changed much over time,” Debiasi says. In addition to its inherent heritage, the small, all-but-imperceptible imperfections acquired during the production process only serve to enhance its charm. “A nice crafty and human touch,” he says.

The final flourish is a simple attachment that makes for extra-easy portability around the house. “We didn’t really want to further complicate things, but we felt the need to make it look a bit more casual and less serious. So we picked up on something that was already in there: the cable. And we simply doubled its function by creating a further loop,” Debiasi says. The multi-colored, fabric-covered topknot can be used to tote Naica from bedside table to sideboard to desk to shelf. And though they didn’t intend it as a mini-display, it seems like an ideal place to spotlight a tiny tableau of small, treasured knick-knacks.

(h/t designboom)

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