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A Brilliantly Simple Desk Lamp That Adjusts, Without Moving Parts

Thinkk Studio broke a lamp down to three parts–without sacrificing flexibility and function.

There’s something nostalgically alluring about an object that combines the outward simplicity of a child’s toy with the functionality of the most sophisticated examples of its kind. We’ve seen that quality in Singgih Susilo Kartono’s Magno wooden radios, with their oversize dials and unvarnished cases. And it’s evident in Thinkk Studio‘s Const whimsical desk lamp, which channels the fun of playing with blocks.

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The Thailand-based duo reduced Const to three pieces: a marble base, a wooden body, and a metal shade. The stepped base performs a dual function: It’s an anchor for the octagonal body–which can roll forward and backward to change the angle of the light–as well as a penholder. The construction is so radically straightforward, a 3-year-old could put it together with ease.

The concept was on display at the Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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