Product: LEDs in product design

By Matt Balmer
May 6, 2018

by Elizabeth Choppin


Swiss manufacturer USM has combined its iconic shelving, first launched in the 1960s, with LED technology for a new product called Haller E. It fuses USM’s classic storage system with wireless light. The power supply is hidden from view, integrated into the product’s modular components. The LEDs’ intensity can be adjusted from a mobile app and touch sensitive surfaces, with options for directional or ambient light.


The Novy extractor’s features include a remote control-adjustable strip of LEDs running down its centre. The light’s colour temperature, ranging from 2.700K to 2.500K, can be adjusted from cold to warm and from very intense to dim and moody. As well as for its light capabilites, it is highly rated for energy performance and automatically switches off after three hours. Available in white or black aluminium.


High-end design brand Lanserring is leading the charge on tastefully applying LEDs into everyday components of the kitchen. The firm’s bespoke ranges include beautifully crafted wine and storage cabinets which use LEDs in new and unexpected ways. One particularly inventive approach seen at the brand’s latest showcase was a wall of clear glass spice drawers illuminated from behind by LEDs – showing the practical ways subtle lighting can be incorporated into everyday spaces.


Staking claim to being the world’s first OLED wallpaper, the new Parallel Perception collection from LG Display and Meystyle is an example of LED technology being fully integrated into a surface material. The resulting product’s spectral quality mimics natural light and is being touted as a solution for spaces short of windows and natural daylight. Showcasing eight different designs in various colours, and finishes, the collection is centred on pattern, geometric shapes, and delicate lines.


Merlyn’s Arysto collection is an example of how LED technology can enhance areas of the home previously off-limits to decorative light – such as the shower. The soft glow of LEDs incorporated into the polished chrome shower frame and movement-activated handle adds an opulent flourish while still remaining practical. Arysto’s four ranges include sliding, hinged, and wet room enclosures, as well as bath screens, with 10mm safety glass and a lifetime guarantee.


It’s a mirror, then it’s a light. Kumiko OLED is a modular tile system that can be mounted on walls and arranged in infinite mix-and-match patterns, distributing a diffused light without casting shadows. Conceived by Japanese designer Michiru Tanaka, its standout element is that when dimmed, Kumiko’s tile surface becomes a reflective mirror. Its intricate layers of pattern and shape echo those of the traditional woodwork technique found in Japanese screens from which its name is derived.