More than a lamp


What do you do with your coat rack when winter has gone? Jo Philippsohn, the designer behind dwell by jo, proposes that we use it as a lamp. Her stripped bare design “is the result of taking two seemingly distinct functions with distinct, recognisable forms and exploring their symbiotic nature”, I think that means she wondered what would happen if she (elegantly) mashed together a lamp and a coat stand. The design came about by thinking about how a coat stand could be useful the other 10 months of the year, given that the Australian winter is usually quite mild and short. The result is a simple design CNC machined from plywood with a coloured laminate on both sides which was shown at workshopped 06 and vivid. Its construction is based on a revolved profile that fits into two centre rings. I like the attitude Jo had when deciding to start up her business “if they can do it, I can do it”.


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Hi David, I really like this design, it’s incredibly simple yet BOLD and makes a statement! The picture has given me a lot of ideas… great find!


Great, i look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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