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DesignUli Budde, 2015

Scandinavian charm meets German design history: Thonet’s KUULA table lamp

Thonet’s vision for the world of living room furniture is beautifully enhanced with the curvaceous KUULA globe light. In cooperation with lamp manufacturer Oligo, Thonet presents a product that draws the eye with its elegant, minimalist design. The spherical, hand blown glass luminaire, perfectly balanced on a sleek aluminium base, is reminiscent of the kind of lamps that traditionally grace Nordic windowsills, while at the same time it honours the timeless essence of Bauhaus design. The KUULA table lamp is equipped with cutting-edge technology: the energy-efficient LED with its remarkable output of 1,000 lumens creates an appealing warm-white light in any room. The subtle, dimmable light switch, which is a design element in itself, allows for easy adjustment of the lamp and its lighting levels, depending on task or mood. KUULA means “globe” or “sphere” in Finnish, hence the distinctive hallmark of the lamp: the minimalist glass globe. It seems to float above the base, and its light can be adjusted to individual requirements thanks to a dimmer. The addition of a specially calculated and conceived lens assures that the light is directed to the opalescent section of the globe, guaranteeing effective, glare-free illumination.

KUULA is available in six versions: with a black or white base and with light colours of either homely warm white, warm or neutral white. The homely warm white version has 2,700 Kelvin; the warm white (3,000 Kelvin) light colour has the effect of a low voltage halogen lamp. The neutral white version (4,000 Kelvin) achieves a slightly cooler lighting effect. The minimalist lamp measures 316 mm in height while the diameter of the glass luminaire is 180 mm. Energy efficiency class A+.


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Uli Budde

Uli Budde

Uli Budde, born 1978, studied product design at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he graduated in 2004. He then worked for Hella Jongerius in Rotterdam, among others. Since the foundation of ULI BUDDE DESIGN OFFICE in 2009 he has been creating furniture and lighting projects for international manufacturers.

In his work, Uli Budde deals with everyday objects by giving special attention to their functionality. He always aims to combine familiar things with new solutions in a well-conceived way. Budde’s design approach strives towards easy intelligibility and flexibility. The result stands out due to unimposing presence and Budde’s striking signature that is both poetic and graphic, allowing his products to be integrated in the most diverse environments.

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Materials and Surfaces

The sensitive selection of the surfaces is decisive for the character of any piece of furniture. Therefore, we offer an almost limitless range of materials, allowing for an individual and special touch for each piece. Create your personal chair or table by choosing from our comprehensive collection of materials for the frame and upholstery. Please note that the materials listed here only represent a small selection of our production possibilities. Our specialist trade partner near you will be happy to offer advice.


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