Spanish manufacturer Vibia is launching Halley, a lamp that shoots over that outdoor dining table like a comet. Different configurations allow the light to form a complete arc when anchored to the ground on both sides, above left, or a partial arc when anchored to a tabletop clamp or a wall, above right.
The LED strip is waterproof and diffuses light over a broad area. YLighting, which will be selling the piece, says Halley also is lightweight, making it easy to reposition. The lamp comes in three pieces that snap together; when the party's over, it disassembles for easier storage (bag included).
Vibia was a standout at Euroluce, the worldwide lighting exhibition held every other April in conjunction with the Milan furniture fair in Italy. The company has an array of LED technology in the pipeline, particularly for outdoors. Prices for Halley will start at $2,525 when it arrives in the U.S. later this year, and as with all new design, don't be surprised if less expensive copycats follow.
-- Craig Nakano