Beam Lamp by Tom Chung for Muuto
Back in November 2018 all eyes were on the Muuto Tip Lamp following it's 2018 design award but fastforward to March 2019 and it's another Muuto design that is taking centre stage. The Beam Lamp designed by Tom Chung for the Danish design company has been recognised as a standout design by Wallpaper* joining products such as Bulgari's ‘Octo Finissimo Automatic’ watch, Omer Arbel's 31.3 Polygon’ glassware and Van Moof's ‘Electrified S2’ city bike on the honours list.
The Muuto Beam Lamp has a unique design whereby the ray of light is emitted simultaneously through the both ends of the cylinder at the top. The brightness of the light emitted at each end can be altered to three different levels by the turning of a dial on the side. In addition, the user can also turn the direction of the lamp as the base comes on a 350 degree rotational base. Place the Beam Lamp on a shelf, windowsill, bedside, desk or side table for a light which is modern both in function and expression.
In an interview with Metropolis Magazine, designer Tom Chung made some notes on the lamp design:
“If you press the light on, the highest light setting is superbright. We thought that was important so you could actually use it to flood a wall, even in daylight, and have it illuminate large areas. It has the intensity that you’d see in an architectural light.”
“The lamp is entirely aluminum, and there are no welds or glue in the entire construction. Everything screws together; even the caps are machined and threaded on. The LED chip inside is held on with just a screw, so everything is replaceable; you could take every piece apart and separate the materials, which is quite nice.”
"Muuto is an interesting company because they’re very color-specific. Everything has to live in their universe. I fought for more neutral colors, like aluminum and black, but they pushed for the green and umber. I’m really happy with how they turned out. Because the lamp is anodized, it looks different in different lights, so the colors are quite versatile. None of them reads like a solid."
“The fact that it’s anodized aluminum—versus being powder-coated—means you can actually recycle it without having to process it; you don’t have to blast it or anything like that. I suppose the best thing would be to not have to dispose of it, but eventually everything is going to get disposed of.”
Find out what Wallpaper* had to say about Tom Chung's design below.
We’ve put it firmly in the spotlight using Canadian designer Tom Chung’s ‘Beam’ lamp for Muuto, which shares the sleek industrial finish of the ‘Octo Finissimo’. Featuring a rotating base and an anodised aluminium body, it can shed light from either end and the brightness can be altered with a playful twist of a dial. Brilliant from start to finish. - Caragh McKay