Pictures don’t really do this desk lamp justice, because “Aura is such a tactile product,” says its Melbourne-based designer Ross Gardam. “Although it is outwardly beautiful it really requires interaction to be truly appreciated.”
That is to say it’s only when you tilt the shade and cycle it around the body that you get what it’s all about.
A hidden magnetic joint allows the shade to orbit in 360 degrees, tilt in numerous positions and then snap back into the horizontal position.
Gardam has released a limited production run of 25 Aura lamps in gold, each numbered individually. Also recently released recently, at this years Milan Furniture Fair, is the new Polar desk lamp.
Polar’s form and movement is inspired by the natural phases of light. The circular disk arcs across the body of the lamp to illuminate and shade. It uses a unique magnetically attached arm to allow the disc to rotate around the body. A friction disc with magnets molded into its ceramic handcrafted body allows the arm to snap into place.
The face side of the disk is available in white, midnight, dusk pink as a well as a gold mirror finish.