Astep

We're completely entranced by a new lamp by Astep that charges your phone via a single flickering flame. Sounds too far-fetched? Read on...

BY DEE IVA

We like to think there’s still magic to be found in the design industry every now and then. Things that shouldn’t work, products that shouldn’t be possible, installations that confound. Well, new Danish lighting company Astep has us under its spell with ‘Candela’, a clever table lamp by Argentinian designer Francisco Gomez Paz (right).

We spotted 'Candela' in April at the Palazzo Litta during this year's Milan Furniture Fair. At first it looked like an old-fashioned gas lamp with its soft flickering flame glowing hypnotically above an opaline glass lampshade. Closer inspection revealed it used bioethanol, a clean natural fuel derived from plants, to create the flame which generates its own electricity, powering LED lights within the shade and also handy for charging mobile devices via an inbuilt USB port.

ABOVE AND BELOW: 'Candela' table lamp by Francisco Gomez Paz, €530 + VAT. Available to pre-order now.

It’s the first product from Astep, whose founder Alessandro Sarfatti is descended from grandfather Gino Sarfatti, founder of iconic Italian lighting company Arteluce, and father Riccardo Sarfatti, founder of Luceplan.

From what we’ve seen it’s a bold and creative design that carries on the legacy of those two stellar brands. Innovative yet approachable, ‘Candela’ melds old world aesthetics with hi-tech 21st century technology, continuing in the tradition of elegant Scandinavian flame luminaries. This is what we want, right here, right now…
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