In the spirit of multi-functionality, there's no reason why lighting and furniture shouldn't be combined. That seems to be the impulse behind the X Collection, a modular lighting design that can also be used as furniture pieces. Designed as part of the existing Stickbulb collection by Chris Beardsley and Russell Greenberg of New York City's Rux, this new series uses reclaimed and sustainable woods, in combination with LED light strips and metal connectors.
The design's flexibility lies in its modularity. The octahedron shape is the basic unit, strong enough to be stacked repeatedly to create interesting forms and different uses, or hung from the ceiling as a modern chandelier. The designers explain that Stickbulb was inspired by a pile of offcuts, which then was remade into a "light-up erector set of interchangeable components that allows for unlimited customization and creativity":
It is every architect's dream to build with light. Stickbulb takes this aspiration literally and offers a scalable system of sustainable and energy-efficient lamps.
The modules come in sustainably-sourced maple or walnut wood, or southern yellow pine taken from demolished NYC buildings, or even ipe salvaged from disassembled boardwalks in Coney Island and Atlantic City, New Jersey (most of the product materials are sourced within a five-mile radius of NYC).
The design is simple, but adds a bit of kick with its energy-efficient light, no doubt lending a touch of illuminated elegance to any space, and is also designed for easy disassembly and recycling. More over at Stickbulb and Rux.