Menu - Phare Table Lamp

Menu's new table lamp inspired by brutalist housing block

Phare is Menu’s new portable table lamp, inspired by French architect Le Courbusier’s 1950s Cité Radieuse housing block in Marseille.

The angular concrete structures found on the brutalist building’s flat roof inspired Phare’s shape. It features a weighty cylindrical base that rests back on a T-shaped piece of aluminium. The spherical lamp is poised on a flat disk at one end of the aluminium T, and glows brightly when you switch it on at a button at one end of the T. The USB charging point is at the other end and the light lasts for six hours.

The lamp is a response to the building’s lack of built in lighting and can be positioned in a number of different ways. As well as leaning back as a table lamp, it can also balance over flat angular ledges, using the weight of the base and the disk that supports the glowing sphere to steady it.

The lamp’s earliest prototypes were designed in 2015 by two students at the French design school ECAL, Stanislaw Czarnocki and Katarzyna Kempa of Polish design studio Umiar. Along with their peers, they were invited as part of their studies to create objects that considered the everyday needs of life in Cité Radieuse. These creations were exhibited in the building’s apartment no. 50 in July 2015, a space that’s been taken over by a different designer each year since 2008 including Konstantin Grcic, the Bouroullec brothers and Pierre Charpin.

Danish design brand Menu first spotted Umiar’s prototype at imm Cologne in 2016 as part of the Pure Talents exhibition. It’s now in production with a burnt red, light grey or black body, and is available to order for delivery in April.

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