Nero Lights by Morgan Ruben at Enlightened Design – London Design Festival 2016
Morgan Ruben graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2014 and has had many successful exhibitions, including in Milan, Amsterdam and Paris. In London the designer launched Nero Lights, a new collection of minimalist, geometric lamps, in stainless steel and oak, that trigger associations of the ascetic aesthetic of Japan and of Castiglioni and Star Wars. ‘The oak is drenched in jet-black India ink, which makes the wood look like it has been lying in a swamp for thousands of years’, explains Ruben, who painstakingly researches both traditional crafts and new techniques. ‘The latest in LED lighting has been incorporated into this collection. Developments in modern technology happen so fast that it soon becomes outdated. That is why I try to incorporate innovations into something that has lasting value.’ The colour of the light can be changed remotely, and multiple lamps can be set simultaneously or individually, depending on the mood or activity.