FLOS Introduces Sawaru Floor Lamp By Nendo
Designer Oki Sato engages aluminum shapes in an elegant dialogue.
World-renowned design studio Nendo’s latest creation for FLOS is an amazingly simple floor lamp comprised of independent parts. Two cylindrical pieces, one containing the light source, rest perpendicularly to form a striking fixture that appears to be in balance. Presented at Salone del Mobile 2017, Sawaru is now available in the U.S.
Nendo, established in 2002, is known for the exciting minimalistic products of its founder and chief designer, Oki Sato. The firm’s wide-ranging portfolio reveals seemingly uncomplicated designs that are in reality anything but elementary. With surprising forms and clever details, Nendo overturns a user’s preconceptions about what an object should be or look like.
The Sawaru lamp for FLOS is an excellent example of the studio’s ability to reimagine the products around us. Can two cylinders rolled together make a floor lamp? Sato proves that the answer is yes—and his unexpected union of these basic geometries offers a glimpse into the thoughtful mind of this talented creator.
The base and light source of Sawaru can be adjusted to unite at three different angles—25, 40, and 60 degrees—by attaching a pin into the base. Therefore, both the overall appearance of the lamp and the directionality of its glow can be modified to suit the specific needs of the site. Furthermore, the base can be removed so that the light can sit directly on the floor, casting illumination up.
The extruded aluminum body comes in a painted or galvanized finish, and four colors—black, white, bright gold, and blue gray—provide a unique effect.
A dimmer pedal on the power cord adjusts both light intensity and color temperature.