This article was first published in our October Newsletter
Like most good things, it was available in Europe first, but the Plumen 001 is now available in 120V for North America and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Maybe not all of us will openly admit it, but design enthusiasts everywhere shuddered at the thought of having to replace aesthetically pleasing incandescent bulbs in their many shape variations with their slightly tacky, energy efficient counterpart – the compact fluorescent.
We were obviously not alone, as designer Samuel Wilkinson (in collaboration with Hulger) proved when he designed the Plumen 001 and then proved again when his product won the British Insurance Design of the Year Award this year! It’s an inventive and design centric response to an energy crisis that demands our involvement. The Plumen 001 is named after the attention attracting decorative feathers of birds and uses 80% less energy and lasts 8 times as long as an incandescent bulb. That being said, the bulb isn’t dimmable and at $30.00, this lamp is on the expensive side, but it marks the beginning of what we predict to be a Renaissance in the world of lamping design.