Ambientec’s nomadic lamps: gems of design and optical science

by | Apr 12, 2021 | Lighting, Product design

Yokohama, Japan

Ambientec

Japanese design brand presents TURN+, a contemporary portable lamp by Nao Tamura

Milano, Italy

Japanese light design brand Ambientec creates sophisticated portable lamps that blend a jeweler’s craftsmanship with the rigor of optical science. Nomadic objects that travel to us from the future and speak to memories of the past. Essential, poetic forms meet advanced and ultra-reliable technology for a new conception of the accent lamp as a work of functional art, something to build a personal and sentimental relationship with. Something to carry with you from room to room in any situation. And now a proud new addition to the collection comes in the form of TURN+, a contemporary lamp designed by Nao Tamura.

TURN+ project is a synthesis of high-tech lighting, carefully detailed artisanal craftsmanship, fine materials, and evocative designs. 

Japanese designer Nao Tamura was inspired by natural light and the gentle, familiar lines of classic lanterns 
in designing TURN+ for Ambientec.
Photo credit: Danielkaihirao
The exterior of TURN+ is made in aluminum, brass or stainless steel, all extremely durable metal
Photo credit: Hiroshi Iwasaki

Nao Tamura, who previously designed the portable work and desk lamp TURN for Ambientec, was inspired by natural light and the gentle, familiar lines of classic lanterns in designing TURN+.

Thanks to the integrated touch sensor and two types of LED segments, a simple gesture is all it takes to adjust the light to one of four different gradations. It ranges from an intimate, candle-like glow to create a meditative atmosphere, to a more intense light ideal for gatherings and celebrations, to a restful light perfect for reading by.

TURN+ by Ambientec, brass edition
Photo credit: Hiroshi Iwasaki

The exterior is made in aluminum, brass, or stainless steel, all extremely durable metals.

Another unique feature of TURN+ is the choice of solid glass for its diffuser. Carved, honed, and polished to perfection, this material brings greater depth to the light by guaranteeing natural refraction, difficult to achieve with LED technology alone.

Rechargeable and portable, TURN+ provides up to 500 hours of light. It is also waterproof, meaning it can be used outdoors, on balconies, and in gardens.

The diffuser is made of solid glass. The material is carved, honed, and polished to perfection to bring greater depth to the light by guaranteeing natural refraction, difficult to achieve with LED technology alone.
Photo credit: Hiroshi Iwasaki
Turn series designed by Nao Tamura for Ambientec. Turn (left) and Turn+ (right)
Photo credit: Danielkaihirao

“Light is a powerful symbol of vitality and hope, and TURN+ is intended to be a light that you keep close by, to keep you company through all the moods and moments of your life. A lamp that you light by gently touching it is one that can create a strong sensory and emotional bond,” explains designer Nao Tamura.

Nao Tamura, designer.
“Light is a powerful symbol of vitality and hope, and TURN+ is intended to be a light that you keep close by, to keep you company through all the moods and moments of your life. A lamp that you light by gently touching it is one that can create a strong sensory and emotional bond,” explains designer Nao Tamura.
Photo credit: Laurel Golio
Yoshinori Kuno, Founder and CEO
His fascination with light began early. After working in digital imaging, he followed his passion for the depths of the ocean and began research into the field of professional lighting for underwater photography. Among the challenges presented were those of resistance to water pressure at 100 meters below the surface and the need for total and absolute waterproofing. In the meantime, the rise of modern devices led him to reflect on ways to move beyond the “disposable” mentality of the culture of mass production and toward a more honest, balanced, and sustainable relationship between people and objects.
In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he decided to create a new kind of indoor lamp, one that people could take with them into any space or setting. A visionary concept of a portable, indestructible, reliable light with integrated LED technology that would also be comfortable and charming. A poetic sort of light is at the heart of all Ambientec’s designs, one that is never harsh or cold, but that carries on a friendly dialogue with the space it illuminates. Yoshinori Kuno is passionate about sound and the rarefied sonorities of electronics, and wanted to create a light that would caress the dark and encourage an intimate atmosphere for listening. A light to bring beauty into a space even when turned off.
Photo credit: Edward Leida

Along with the launch of TURN+, Ambientec is also unveiling their redesigned logo, the work of graphic designer Edward Leida, who explains: “The new graphics emphasize the harmonious balance between the concepts of environment and technology, offering a unified vision of the company’s identity, values, and background.” 

Fact sheet

Brand: Ambientec
Web Site: Ambientec.Co.Jp
Product: Turn+
Designer: Nao Tamura
Year of Production: 2021
Material And Finishing: Aluminum Black, Brass, Stainless Steel Dimensions: 17,5 X 8,9 Cm / 6,5″ X 3,5″
Tecnologia: Led
Impermeability: Ip66 Potenza: 0,03 A 1,5w
Reload Duration: Fino A 500 Ore 
Photo credit: Daniel Kai Hirao and Hiroshi Iwasaki 

TURN+ by Ambientec
Photo credit: Hiroshi Iwasaki

About Ambientec

Ambientec, founded by Yoshinori Kuno, builds on extensive experience in the field of professional lighting for underwater photography, designed to illuminate the darkest depths of the ocean. Now Ambientec brings that know-how into the world of design thanks to the visionary spirit of the company’s founder. Their innovative lamps are wireless, waterproof, and integrated with exclusive LED technology and ideal for any home. 

“We explore the relationship between people and light, to create new atmospheres for every setting through technological means and by designing lamps that last a lifetime,” states Yoshinori Kuno, CEO of Ambientec.

Source: V2com Newswire