Marc Baroud's moon-inspired lights


What a Little Moonlight Can Do

Inspired by the magic of moonlight on an otherwise dark night, Lebanese designer-architect Marc Baroud has created Spoutnik. This charming lighting trio was designed as an homage to the Earth's only natural satellite, and features moon-like bulbs composed of hand-sculpted resin and fiberglass (perfect for mimicking the varying topography of the moon's surface) atop lanky steel bases. The series appears poised to come to life at any moment, which is exactly what Baroud intended; in fact, each Spoutnik bulb sports a brass handle, allowing users to rotate the lights as they wish. According to Baroud: "Spoutnik had to embody the spatial movement of a planet, constantly revolving around the sun, and thus the object was meant to carry the feeling of perpetual movement."

He goes on, "I developed this collection with the objective that people will interact daily with this object. Apart from the story conveyed, and the semantic value of this lamp, the idea was that it allows for infinite possibilities through a very simple, yet haptic and mechanical interface. I wish for it to evoke growing affection, as it should not be a lighting fixture that we turn on by pushing a button, or an object that is just hung on a wall: it should affect and embody our mood. One should be able to project his feelings through this simple device."

Marc Baroud's Spoutnik lighting family; photo by Tanja Traboulsi. Marc Baroud's Spoutnik lighting family; photo by Tanja Traboulsi.

Photo courtesy of Marc Baroud Photo courtesy of Marc Baroud

Photo courtesy of Marc Baroud Photo courtesy of Marc Baroud

Marc Baroud's Spoutnik 1:1; photo by Tanja Traboulsi. Marc Baroud's

Photo courtesy of Marc Baroud Photo courtesy of Marc Baroud

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