Danny Kuo
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Liberty and Staircase by designer Danny Kuo are the two pieces in hi graduation work from the Design Academy Eindhoven, which was exhibited at the Graduation show 2010 during Dutch Design Week.

Building vertically saves space as it uses minimal ground square meters. When it comes to interior design, the same rule can be applied. By focusing on height rather than width, efficient storage designs can be created. Even though this would be more efficient, it does create the problem of making this height accessible. Staircase is a shelving unit that combines a bookshelf with a pullout stair system in the bottom three shelves. The shelving unit is 2.6 meters high and the top shelves are accessible by using the bottom shelves as steps for accessing the higher shelves.

Current developments in the lighting industry are changing the way lamps are designed. From the familiar light bulb to fluorescent lamp to LED to OLED. Especially LED and OLED bring freedom, flexibility and adaptability for new lighting. To Danny, minimum size and the related flexibility are most inspiring and interesting.

But how can we benefit from these new qualities? Danny Kuo has designed a lamp that is dynamic and which is functional in different situations. The lamp’s light angle is able to adjust up to 180 degrees and the dimmer offers adjustabilty of the light intensity. These improvements in flexibility make the lamp adaptable for the different contexts of the space in which the lamp is used.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.