At first glance, even the most design-versed eye could easily mistakenly believe that this pared-down desktop lamp originated originally from the famously minimalist and nature-loving Scandinavia. Be it its reduced linear form, multiple yet discreetly concealed LED outlets, or functionally clever mounting solution, the unostentatious and functional light by the young St. Petersburg-based designer Yaroslav Misonzhnikov whispers understatement rather than screaming grandeur and opulence, both of which are often associated with Russian aesthetics.
Named ‘Ugol’ which is the Russian word for ‘corner’, the piece is composed of a simple, wooden tubular arm protruding from a rectangular handle. This offsets its weight and allows for a slide-on mounting to virtually any desk or tabletop corner. Once installed, the lamp simply rests on the adjacent surface. As its exact axis depends on the thickness of the tabletop itself, what this translates into is the thicker the surface, the more upright the position of the lamp. When lit, the inbuilt strip of tiny circular LEDs emanates an evenly diffused light which can be turned on and off with a simple flick switch located near the base of the design.
Decidedly innovative and somewhat reminiscent of an oversized bottle opener, Yaroslav Misonzhnikov designed Ugol for this year’s SaloneSatellite in Milan. Already awarded a patent to ensure its originality, the limited edition piece is being manufactured by Imenno-design, a design label recently launched by the young designer himself.