Lightbulb Design is Experiencing a Eureka Moment

While nothing will ever be quite as revolutionary is Thomas Edison‘s invention of the lightbulb, some very exciting things are happening by way of the ubiquitous light source. There’s the Plumen, a sculptural, low-energy bulb so sexy it’s been accepted into the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Finnish Design Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, and MoMA. And what’s even bigger is the inescapable allure of LED lighting for designers; its energy-efficiency and cool temperature make it ideal of sustainably-minded, functional artwork. T Magazine recaps the LED highlights from the Netherlands’s Booo Studio at this year’s Salone…

Nacho Carbonell's Future of Lighting: The Silicone bulb packs flat for easy shipping (and pinching, and squeezing).

Formafantasma's Light Species: glass starts taking organic forms, like this asymmetrical leaf.

Most impressive of all: Front’s Surface Tension Lamp, the temporary bulb that exists as a bubble, captured here on film.

If design trends hold true, it looks like LEDs are destined to be the lighting of the future. Although they’re currently still more expensive that conventional lightbulbs, that’s sure to change eventually, which means that there’s going to be one hanging over you soon.