Yellow Fin Lamp by Salto & Sigsgaard

If you walk by it quickly enough, chances are you'll miss the Yellow Fin Lamp completely--and that's exactly the point. Copenhagen design team Salto & Sigsgaard explain their lamp's very slim profile: "With new light sources and a minimum use of materials, it literally becomes one with the wall." Made of aluminum, Yellow Fin has a depth of only 0.2 inches, so when it's returned to its resting place nestled against the wall, it virtually disappears.

Yellow Fin Lamp by Salto & Sigsgaard

Yet its other dimensions, 4.7" H x 19.7" L, make Yellow Fin a good task lamp: "But it is still able to shed light and reach far." While folded, Yellow Fin resembles a bas-relief sculpture with a geometric appeal. Swing it open and the arms and head become animated--reminds me of a robot.

Yellow Fin Lamp by Salto & Sigsgaard

Yellow Fin Lamp by Salto & Sigsgaard

Salto & Sigsgaard have worked in unison since 2003, at which time they joined forces in order to solve problems in their studio. The designers concentrate on the multiple ways to reach a good outcome: "When we acknowledge that there are many ways to solve a problem, the 'way' to the result is the essence in wich to understand the solution." Yellow Fin is a great example of their problem-solving skills, since its reach belies its small size. Getting light where you want it while still saving space--which, for many apartment dwellers is key (precious even)--is a true accomplishment. The lamp doesn't take an ounce of real estate on the floor or on any surface, table or desk. But its light source can be pulled close to your project, whether its reading a book or making a cathedral out of popsicle sticks!

Posted May 21, 2010 by Alicita Rodriguez

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