Sculptural Energy Saving Lightbulb Wins Design of The Year Award

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Great news from London today as the beautiful Plumen 001 bulb wins the overall Design of the Award at the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011. This CFL has been described as the world's first designer energy saving light bulb and has become a sort of instant design classic. As Dezeen reports this uber stylish green design has been selected from over 90 shortlisted products now on show at the Design Museum in London. So what made the jury go for the Plumen bulb?As Collin said, in a post as far back as 2007, Plumen brings the sexy back to CFLs. Well now that original concept has become a rather popular reality. In its first year on the market Plumen 001 has already been championed as an iconic British design product.

We were delighted to see some great green design category winners in this year's Brit Insurance Design Awards, including Barclays Cycle Hire for the transport category and the Open Air Library made out of beer crates in Germany for the architecture category.

Bonnie in her prescient way predicted Plumen to win, but thought the Boris Bikes might be the more popular choice. Here are some quotes from key members of the design jury explaining why they also think the designer CFL bulb is the worthy winner for 2011.

Plumen CFL bulbs in cafe photo

Stephen Bayley, 2011 Jury Chair said of the winning entry "The Plumen light bulb is a good example of the ordinary thing done extraordinarily well, bringing a small measure of delight to an everyday product."

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum commented: "A worthy winner that is both beautiful and smart. It does away with the superfluous to achieve maximum economy of means. It's a bulb that doesn't need a shade and so goes a long way to make up for the loss of the Edison original."

We particularly enjoyed jury member Will Self's typically wordy, but slightly backhanded compliment below.

"I don't think any of the judges feel this is the dernier cri in terms of what will be done with the low-energy light bulb, but if you'll forgive the pun - they are definitely a light leading the way. 2011 was not a year to reward high-end design devised purely for conceptual reasons or added-value results. We felt these bulbs were neat, appealing and covetable in the right, affordable way. Light is, of course, primary to design, without it there can be very little, if any. The design of light sources is thus an elemental component of a design aesthetic."

Indeed we hope the Plumen bulb is not the 'dernier cri in designer low energy bulbs, but just the first of many creative responses to CFL lighting solutions. As the 'premier cri' it is certainly a design worth celebrating!

Plumen Vessel shade for Decode photo

The Brit Insurance Designs of the Year are on show at the Design Museum in London until 7th August 2011.

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