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The result of an interesting challenge set by a professor, the Flight Lamp is a sleek design that pleases both visually and practically. The parameters were strict: create something using aircraft ply, incorporating tension in its construction and flat-packs into an envelope. Calen Knauf, an industrial design student based in Vancouver, met the challenge with ease.
He created a sturdy yet lightweight fixture that met all three criteria. Weighing no more than 1.5 pounds, the Flight Lamp was inspired by traditional balsa-wood airplane kits. Set at a cantilevered angle, the Flight Lamp’s shade curves to create a protective embrace around the bulb. Supported on two copper legs, the Flight Lamp comes in two different colorways: all black except for the base as well as mint and pale wood.