Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Portable Light Source Looks like an Open and Closed Book

By Linzy Novotny

Working as an architect and industrial designer based in San Francisco, Calif., a designer has united form and function in the design of his Lumio lamp.

With the portability and appearance of an open and closed book, the Lumio lamp “is a multi-purpose modern lamp that can be used almost anywhere,” according to Kickstarter, and designer Max Gunawan is asking for funding through Kickstarter to fund the manufacturing of his Lumio lamp.

Nvate Crowdfunding Kickstarter Project Lumio Lamp by Max Gunawan

Credit: Jenny Pan and Peter Pham

The lamp can be used as a table lamp, wall sconce, accent light, ceiling pendant, outdoor lantern or emergency light, according to the product’s website. The lamp turns on when the book is opened and turns off when it is closed.

“The lamp automatically turns on and off as you open and close the cover,” according to Kickstarter. “A flexible and durable spine design allows you to control brightness by adjusting the angle without a switch or button. Lumio eliminates the hassle of walking across the room to find a light switch.”

Although portable, the Lumio can be plugged in and used as a “permanent fixture.” A universal USB charger comes with each lamp.

“Lumio performs like a permanent light fixture with the added versatility of being portable,” as stated on Kickstarter. “Fold Lumio into a compact book and take it with you as a lightweight portable lamp. At just one pound and with 8 hours of continuous life, Lumio provides beautiful lighting on the go and stows away compactly when unused.”

Nvate Crowdfunding Kickstarter Project Lumio Lamp by Max Gunawan

Credit: Jenny Pan and Peter Pham

The lamp is an LED, which lends to a light source that is long-lasting, with an estimated life span of 50,000 hours, according to Kickstarter. The light produces a warm, white glow and is “slightly brighter than a 40-watt bulb.”

Each Lumio lamp comes with a leather strap, so the light source can be hung and magnets in the Lumio’s cover are a “super-strong neodymium.” The strong magnets allow the Lumio to attach to a range of metal surfaces.

The Lumio is also crafted with the environment in mind. The Lumio’s cover is made of Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. The FSC is an organization that was founded to promote “responsible management of the world’s forests.” The body of the lamp is composed of “100 percent recyclable, water-resistant Tyvek.”

When pledging $95, backers will receive a Lumio of their own. The Lumio’s wood cover is available in three finishes—blonde maple, warm cherry or dark walnut. This batch of the lamp has an estimated delivery of September 2013 and will retail for $125.

The Lumio will be fully funded on March 15, having received $408,090, well above the project’s $60,000 goal.

To pledge, visit the Lumio Kickstarter page.

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