If one was to characterize UK-based Jones & Partners’ portfolio of industrial designs, “unfussy yet functional” comes to mind. It would also be obvious to spotlight the studio’s affinity for integrating multitasking and adaptable elements into a modern vernacular comfortably applicable to both commercial and residential environments, something fully on display with their award winning task lighting + charging concept, Current.
Born out of internal research identifying a lack of thoughtfully designed solutions for coworkers to plug into while working communally from one another across a large table or desk, Jones & Partners tapped into their experience in the contract furniture market and the electronic design realm. The result is an elegantly realized modular task lamp offering illumination, storage for stationery, wireless and USB port charging, and the option to add additional outlets in a single form factor sans any iota of clutter.
Presented in two version, the first is a minimalist task lamp equipped with a seamlessly integrated wireless charging surface situated on the left side of the lamp’s base near the task lamp’s on/off switch.
The second Current edition is akin to an iceberg, with a portion of the lamp base hidden beneath the tabletop. The surface mounted design conceals a larger plug-in unit, allowing for two interchangeable charging modules to be added/switched out as desired.
Installed in multiples, Current illuminates with an intimacy reminiscent of academic library lamps, albeit realized in a more contemporary form.
The slender “I-shaped” base and LED shade require only a minimal amount of space, both across surfaces and also visually as the antidote for workspace clutter.
The configurable task light currently remains a concept design, with eventual availability made more likely noting Jones & Partners earned a Red Dot Award 2023 for their creative efforts.