When Jasper Morrison's Glo Ball lighting family was introduced by FLOS in 1999, it became one of the best-selling families of lamps in the catalog. The genius of Glo Ball is in its supreme simplicity: a smooth white surface uninterrupted by embellishment or functional elements, an on/off switch hidden discreetly in the cord, and a pleasingly round and familiar shape. Not quite round, Glo Ball is slightly wider than it is tall. As it is created from high quality, mouth-blown glass, the light source is completely hidden. Like the design's inspiration - a full moon glowing on a clear night - Glo Ball appears to float magically while providing diffused illumination.
This restrained but effective aesthetic makes the design successful in a wide variety of scales and applications. In open or high-ceiling spaces, Glo Ball lamps create points of interest that draw the gaze to whichever elements of the room a designer wishes to emphasize. Glo Ball table lamps keep the focus on sitting areas and conversation, while a tall Glo Ball floor lamp may call attention to open air and spaciousness.
The full-moon effect is most obvious when the opalescent Glo Ball lamps are suspended from above. Glo Ball pendant lights sweep serenely over the dining table for romantic dinners, while Glo Ball ceiling lamps float in stillness above the room, subtly enhancing well-trafficked open-plan arrangements.
The possibilities for Jasper Morrison's Glo Ball Family extend to the full reaches of the imagination. Whether combined in styles and sizes for a flock effect, or shyly winking from shelves and side tables, these lighthearted designs bring warmth and character to a room with the designer's characteristic elegance and lack of pretension.